Superintendent's Update: March 11, 2020

Coronavirus Update

Today the World Health Organization classified the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. We are constantly monitoring this situation, and we are staying in close contact with local and state public health officials. We currently do not have any COVID-19 cases in our district, and we will continue to keep our schools open as long as possible. However, we also want to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all before and after school and evening activities, athletics and events at our schools. We are also suspending all outside community use of our buildings and facilities. This suspension will begin immediately and will be in effect at least through the end of spring break (April 5).

Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Bill

Senate Bill 5395 would require all public school districts to provide comprehensive sexual health education that is evidence-informed, medically and scientifically accurate, age-appropriate and inclusive for all students. We do not anticipate that this legislation will result in any changes to our current instruction. We provide age-appropriate instruction on students’ physical bodies through our physical education classes, and we begin our Human Growth and Development in fifth grade. Our school district recognizes families as the primary instructors in their child’s sexual health education. All materials are available for review through our Curriculum & Instruction Office.

Horizon Air MOU Signing

This morning we held a celebration with Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air officials to mark the signing of our Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement establishes a working relationship between our district and Horizon to develop programs and curriculum supporting careers in aviation. This partnership is the first of its kind, and we are excited about—and grateful for—the new opportunities it will provide to our students.

Educational Support Professionals Week

This week (March 9-13) we are celebrating Education Support Professionals Week. Our classified employees are often unsung heroes, but they are truly the backbone of our schools. We couldn’t do what we do for students without their support. I’m hoping this week will be a special one full of food, fun and celebration as we recognize and thank our classified employees.