COVID-19 Update Archive
COVID-19 Update Archive
Posted on 06/01/2020

Every day brings new developments related to the coronavirus outbreak. We know the uncertainty can be unsettling. We are continuing to monitor this situation, and we are staying in close contact with local and public health officials. We will continue to keep this page updated; we've also included a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

July 2: Grab-and-Go Meals Are Back, Thank You Survey Takers!

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Schools are out for the summer—but we’re still here! We’ve missed our students, and we’ll be working hard over the next two months as we prepare to welcome them back.

Last week, we shared an update with our school board on our planning efforts, including our focus on relationships, and the steps needed as we re-enter and rebuildClick here to view the presentation

Thanks to the nearly 4,000 of you who responded to our survey! Your input will help with our planning efforts. We are processing the results now and will share more information with you over the next few weeks.

Our free grab-and-go meal service is back starting next Thursday! Please help us plan by filling out our meal request form or by calling 360-662-1092. Families can pick up bags with multiple meals on Mondays and Thursdays* at five sites across the district. Click here to view the locations and times. Meals are free for children 18 and younger (children do not need to be present). Click here for details and other community meal programs.

Our email dated 7.2.20 included a typographical error; THURSDAY is the correct day (not Friday). We apologize for any confusion!

June 19: Happy Last Day of School!

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This has been the most unusual last week of school we've ever seen! We miss the hubbub, the excitement, and the in-person smiles. As we say goodbye for the summer, we hope our students know how much we've missed them, and how hard we'll be working to welcome them back. Next week, we'll be reaching out with a survey that will help us with these planning efforts. We hope you'll take a moment to share your input.

But today, we're focusing on this year, and all we accomplished together. We are celebrating the creativity, determination and grace of our students, staff and families. The unexpected closure was tough, but we did it! Click here to view a special celebration slideshow. Thank you for your support, and have a great summer!

June 12: Ending this year + planning next

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It's hard to believe that next week marks the end of this school year! We've missed our students, and we are looking forward to welcoming them back into our schools.

Planning for next school year

We received initial fall reopening guidance from OSPI, with additional guidance expected over the next several weeks. The expectation is that schools will open this fall for in-person instruction. Schools will have specific health and safety protocols in place, including social distancing and a requirement for cloth face coverings. We will be required to adopt a reopening plan through a school board resolution. With that in mind, we have assembled a “reopening work group” for each of these five areas:

  • Academics
  • COVID-19 response
  • Facilities
  • Operations/Food Services/Transportation
  • Wellness

These groups will be working over the summer to ensure we are prepared for the challenges we’ll face in the year ahead. A critical part of our planning efforts will be hearing from you. We are currently developing a survey to collect your input. Please keep an eye out for this survey!

We're so proud of our seniors. They finished strong!

Our virtual graduation ceremonies began earlier this week. Celebrate along with us at, where you’ll find ceremony links, virtual invitations, and printable signs. Share your celebrations using these hashtags: #bccsgrads #ckhsgrads #kssgrads and #ohsgrads. Show your support for #ckschools Class of 2020!

Do you need support with meals over the summer?

Our grab-and-go meal program will end on Friday, June 19. However, other organizations across our community are stepping in to offer summer meal programs. Learn more:

"Pandemic EBT" can help you with your groceries. Learn more?

Families whose children receive free/reduced-price school meals will get extra benefits due to COVID-19. If your family receives DSHS Basic Food and free or reduced-price school meals, you don’t need to apply. If you have not qualified for free/reduced-price meals, you must apply by June 30. Click here to learn more.

We know they're adorable: Send us your remote learning photos!

As the school year winds down, let’s take a moment to look back at all we’ve accomplished! Share your remote learning photos by emailing them to Please include your school and the names of those in the photo. We will share a selection of images in our print newsletter as well as on our website and social media.

Warm your heart: An effort to clear student lunch debt

Teacher Catherine McNett didn’t want to take a trip. No special to-do. What she wanted when she retired was to erase lunch debt at PineCrest Elementary, where she taught for 22 years. So she and Amy Northey from Food Services rallied PineCrest staff, and they donated more than $3,200! Similar efforts across the district over the past two months have helped take student lunch debt from $124,000 in early April to about $84,000. Click here to read more about how staff and families rallied to pay off student lunch debt.

May 22: What will next year look like?

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Planning for next school year

Our district is working closely with the Department of Health and state officials around how schools will operate this fall. There are still many unknowns, but what we do know is that our schools—and how we deliver instruction—will look different than before COVID-19.

Potential models being developed include:
  • In-person instruction with some online learning
  • Reduced in-person instruction and increased online learning
  • No in-person instruction and all-online learning

As we receive more state guidance and develop these plans further, we will be seeking input from staff and families. Our priorities will be around these three areas:

  • Relationships – Fostering positive relationships with students and families to help us better engage students.
  • Re-enter – Ensuring that our students and staff are safe, healthy and equipped for success.
  • Rebuild – Focusing on the work that’s needed to rebuild our students’ academic foundations and opportunities moving forward.

We know these are challenging times. There is nothing “normal” about how we are planning for next year. Our focus is on doing what’s best for our students, and we will continue to make all our decisions with the care and compassion they deserve. Thank you for your support!

Calendar notes

The last day of school for the 2019-20 school year is Friday, June 19. Also, please note that we will celebrate Memorial Day this Monday (May 25). There are no required school activities on Monday.

Returning and retrieving materials

We are planning some events for June where you will be able to return materials and pick up anything your student may have left at school. At this time, we anticipate a curbside drop-off and pickup format, and we will be following all safety and health guidelines. We will only be collecting Chromebooks from seniors and non-returning students.

May 18: Celebrating the Class of 2020

We know how special this year is to the Class of 2020. We also know it isn’t turning out like they expected—and we wish it was! Although our state currently remains under the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, we still want to celebrate our seniors’ accomplishments and rites of passage.

We are now in Phase 1 of the state’s “Safe Start” plan. State guidance indicates that large gatherings may be out of the question for some time. So instead of traditional ceremonies, we are looking at other ways to honor and recognize our seniors.

Virtual Senior Awards Night

  • CK High School – June 2
  • Klahowya Secondary School – June 3
  • Olympic High School – May 26
These events will be held virtually and will include recognition of senior scholarships, department awards, Distinguished Scholars, and more. As the date draws closer, your school will communicate directions for how to access its event.

Virtual graduation ceremony

  •  Barker Creek Community School – June 10, 7:00 p.m.
  • CK High School – June 11, 7:00 p.m.
  • Klahowya Secondary School – June 12, 7:00 p.m.
  • Olympic High School – June 13, 1:00 p.m.
We will conduct our traditional commencement ceremonies in a virtual setting. This will include speeches from valedictorians and salutatorians and the graduate roll call. We are asking all families of seniors to submit photos of your graduate in cap, gown and tassel for this roll call. Our goal is 100% participation! If you have questions about submitting this photo, please contact your school’s principal.

Possible drive-through event
(If Kitsap County moves to Phase 2)

  • Barker Creek Community School – June 10, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • CK High School – June 11, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Klahowya Secondary School – June 12, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Olympic High School – June 13, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
We are planning for the possibility of drive-through events for the Class of 2020 and their immediate family members. These events will require that Kitsap County moves to Phase 2 of the state’s “Safe Start” plan and that drive-through events are authorized. We envision these events as a celebration of each class and an opportunity to safely visit campus one more time. The events will also include picking up senior awards, diplomas, and other items, with seniors remaining in their vehicles at all times.

Click here to view the state’s guidance on graduation ceremonies.

May 8: Thank you for sharing!

Thank you for sharing

We asked you to connect with us, and let us know what’s on your mind—and you did! In total, 1,132 people participated and shared almost 1,600 thoughts. Thank you! We are learning so much about your ideas, concerns and questions. It will take some time to process the full results. We will follow up with you again when this work is done.

Meal pick-up just got easier

Children no longer need to be present to pick up our weekday meals. The federal guideline has been waived in Washington state through at least June 30. Meals should continue to be used for children 18 and younger or those up to age 21 who receive public education services. Click here to find pickup locations and more information about meals.

Grading guidelines update

We recently announced an update to our grading guidelines. This change in policy was needed after the state eliminated the pass/incomplete option. To view the message we sent about grading guidelines, please click on the May 6 update below.

Class of 2020 celebrations

Last week we informed families of seniors that senior-related events across the district will take place virtually on their originally scheduled dates and times. We are in the planning stages for what those events will look like and include. If your child is a senior and you have not received this information, please reach out to your child’s school.

May 6: Update on grading guidelines

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Last month we shared that we will provide feedback on learning progress to all students, although there will be no report cards in June for students in grades K-8. We also shared that students in grades 9-12 (and credit-bearing middle school courses) would earn a “pass” or an “incomplete” on report cards in June.

The information regarding K-8 and non-credit courses has not changed. However, the state has changed its guidance for 9-12 (and credit-bearing middle school courses) and eliminated the pass/incomplete option.

With this change in policy, we have updated our grading guidelines:

  • Teachers will assign a grade of “A” or an “I” (incomplete) for second semester report cards.
  • No student will receive a “pass,” “fail” or “no credit” grade for any course (with the exception of students receiving special education services).
  • Attendance will not be a factor when determining student grades.
  •  Every class taken during the closure period will be given a statewide designator on the high school transcript to denote the unique environment in which the course was taken.

Student grades will be grounded in compassion, equity and common sense. We expect very few students to receive an incomplete. These students will be given opportunities to complete the course and earn the credit during the upcoming school year.

If you have questions about these grading guidelines, or how they apply to your child, please contact your child’s teachers or principal. Thank you!

April 17: We miss our students!

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How has your family adjusted to the fact that we will not be returning to school this year? Here in CK Schools, our world has been turned upside down, and we miss our students!

The important things have stayed the same

During times of dramatic change, it can help to highlight the things that have stayed the same. That’s the core of the message our superintendent, Dr. Erin Prince, would like to share with you today. Please take a moment to watch her brief video here. Dr. Prince also sent a letter to all our high school students this week; read it here.

Student Chromebook repairs

Does your child have a district-issued Chromebook or power adapter in need of repair? Click here to view our helpful troubleshooting tips. If you still need help, click here to complete a repair request form, and we'll contact you to schedule a repair date. All repairs will be processed at our Teaching & Learning Center. Families will remain in their vehicles and a technician will come out to assist.

We're making a difference

Health experts are saying that our social distancing is making a difference, so let’s keep it up. Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay home!

April 10: Shifting to home-based learning

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Next we
ek is a big week! We are officially moving to home-based learning for the remainder of the year. Our teachers are eager to make this shift. Together, we will do our best to provide our students with the relevant and meaningful learning experiences they deserve.

Resources for families

We know that some families have been impacted by this public health crisis more than others. If your family needs help, please reach out. We are offering free meals to all children under 18. As ordered by the governor, childcare is free for parents who are first responders or health care workers. Contact Champions at 206-249-5843 or Y-Kids at 360-813-1813. Our counselors are ready to connect you with other resources if needed. Please also continue following social distancing guidelines. Local health experts have said this is helping to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our area.

Shifting to home-based learning

This week we asked students  to review and practice what they’d learned prior to our closure. Now it’s time to move forward. Our schools will plan and deliver new content in multiple ways so ALL students can access learning. This may include printed learning materials, phone calls, email, technology-based instruction, or a combination. If your child needs a printed packet of materials, please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal.

Teachers will seek to provide consistency and structure by having a weekly plan and schedule. Our priority will be on essential learning in each content area. We have established these initial guidelines for maximum student commitment each day:

  • Pre-K : 30 minutes
  • Grades K-1: 45 minutes
  • Grades 2-3: 60 minutes
  • Grades 4-5: 90 minutes
    Elementary music and PE are not included in these maximum times. We are encouraging daily physical activity and will also provide opportunities for meaningful activities in the arts.
  • Grades 6-8: 20 minutes per teacher (up to 2.5 hours daily)
  • Grades 9-12: 30 minutes per teacher (up to 3 hours daily)
We realize that home-based learning is not the same as in-person teaching. We know there will be some hurdles. Many siblings are sharing devices, reliable internet service is not always available, and some parents are working while their children are trying to complete assignments or activities. Some students have multiple roles at home. We will give our students plenty of grace during this time. This is new for all of us, and it will require some patience as we adapt.

Impact on grades and placement 

Our goal is for all students to continue their academic progress, but the work they do in the upcoming weeks will be measured differently.

We will provide feedback on learning progress to all students, although there will be no report cards in June for students in grades K-8.

Students in grades 9-12 (and credit-bearing middle school courses), will earn a “Pass” (P) or an “Incomplete” (I) on report cards in June. Students who earn an “I” will have the entire 2020-21 school year to complete the course. 

Students in grades K-11 will move with their peers up to the next grade level for the upcoming school year.

Class of 2020 update

This is not the year our seniors imagined! Please know that we are working closely with the state to ensure seniors can complete classes, demonstrate their learning, and meet the requirements for graduation. There is more work to do in this area. But we will ensure our seniors have pathways to colleges, careers and the military. Their success is our success, and we will accept nothing less.

While we work out the details, seniors can use their time at home to stay current with their coursework and to stay on track with college and career planning, financial aid forms, and more. You’ll find resources and information on this Class of 2020 Action Plan web page.

Looking ahead to what’s next

It’s not easy adjusting to a new way of life that’s so different from the normal routine of school. We will do all we can to help our students and families through this time. Our staff will prioritize building relationships with students and will help maintain connections with and between students. We will partner with our families to support student learning through ongoing communication and collaboration. We will also continue to keep you updated regarding the many questions that remain unanswered. Thank you for your patience and support!

April 6: Closure extended for remainder of school year

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This afternoon, Governor Inslee announced that all schools across our state will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

This does not change our plan to provide home-based learning in the weeks ahead. However, we know it also brings up more questions around what the rest of this year will look like. As we learn more from the state, we will share those answers with you as soon as possible.

We will continue providing meals, childcare and home-based learning opportunities. Our schools and teachers will be in touch this week. Although we won’t be providing the traditional model of instruction, your child’s education will continue.

We understand that this is a challenging time for families and our community. It is a challenge for educators, too—but it is also an opportunity for them to channel their creativity and passion in new ways. We appreciate your compassion and grace for our students, educators and each other as we learn to adjust to this new normal.

We will share more information with you this Friday. Until then, thank you for your continued patience and support.

April 3: What's next after spring break

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Today is the last day of spring break. We hope you were able to join us for our virtual trips to Washington, D.C., Japan and other fun destinations! Now we’d like to take a moment to share a little more about what you can expect in the weeks ahead.

Teaching and learning update
Next week, you will receive information from your child’s school around our learning plans moving forward, and teachers will also be reaching out to their students. During the first week back from spring break, we will be focused on getting our students back into “school mode.” Teachers will provide learning activities focused on reviewing, refreshing and practicing the material they have already covered. We are finalizing plans for how we will manage and monitor student learning after next week. Although we won’t be providing in-person instruction, your child’s education will still continue.

Meal distribution schedule
Thank you for your flexibility over spring break. Beginning Monday, April 6, all 
meal distribution sites will re-open for pickup according to our normal schedule (Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. – noon).

Special education update
We are committed to ensuring that students who receive special education services have equitable access to educational opportunities. If your child receives special education services, you can expect your child’s special education teacher(s) and related service providers to reach out to you. We will also be in touch about re-evaluation and IEP meetings. Learn more about our special education services.

Internet service provider information
We understand that some of our families do not have access to high-speed internet. Unfortunately, our supply of “hotspots” is limited. If you are thinking about signing up for home internet service, our internet service provider information might help.

Does your child need a Chromebook?

As we move forward, we want to be sure that all students have access to a computer for at-home learning. We have a limited number of Chromebooks for use throughout this extended school closure. If you have a child in grades 6-12 who already has a district Chromebook, we ask that they share that device with siblings. If your child in grades K-5 needs a device, please let us know here.

These are uncharted waters, but we’re still moving forward. As we do, we will keep our focus where it’s always been: on doing what’s best for our students. We will continue to keep you informed by email, on our website and on social media. Have a nice weekend!

March 27 Update: Spring break updates, K-5 device access survey

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As the second week of this extended school closure comes to an end—and with spring break on the horizon—we wanted to take a moment to let you know what’s ahead.

Changes during spring break (March 30 – April 3)
We will be closed for spring break, except for childcare and limited meals. We will serve hot meals Monday through Wednesday next week at our current meal distribution sitesOn Wednesday (April 1) we will also be giving each child a bag with meals for Thursday and Friday. Our meal distribution sites will be closed on Thursday (April 2) and Friday (April 3). You can continue to keep your child learning during spring break with our compilation of at-home learning resources.

Does your elementary child need access to a computer?
If you have a child in grades K-5 who does not have access to a computer for at-home learning, we may be able to help. We have a limited number of Chromebooks for use throughout this extended school closure. If you also have a child in grades 6-12 who already has a district Chromebook, we ask that you would please share that device. Request a device for your child.

Teaching and learning update
Although we are in the midst of an extended closure and cannot provide traditional in-person instruction, education must continue. We are excited about the work we are doing to prepare new learning activities for our students. This week, our teachers have been collaborating virtually in teams to create Google Classrooms. After spring break, we will be sharing more information about how we will manage and monitor student learning moving forward.

Class of 2020 update
There are many details to finalize when it comes to our seniors. Our plan is to develop a path forward for every senior to be successful, and we are working toward ensuring all our seniors have what they need to graduate. We will share more information when the state provides that guidance to us.

Next week won’t be the one many of us envisioned. But we hope you are able to find some time to relax and have some fun with your family. We will continue working behind the scenes on behalf of our students and will keep you informed by email, on our website and on social media. Have a safe spring break!

March 24 Update: Childcare and meals will continue

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Last night, the governor 
issued a new order requiring all residents to stay at home except for crucial activities. The stay-at-home order went into effect immediately and will last for at least two weeks. The order does not affect our ability to provide childcare or meals. We will continue to provide childcare and meals for children.

Current childcare locations will remain open. We will provide free meals for children at our meal distribution sites.

We will continue to keep you informed by email, on our website and on social media. 

March 23 Update: What's ahead

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Last week, our focus was on basic needs: providing childcareproviding meals, and ensuring safety through social distancing. Thank you for your patience as we worked out those details. This week, we are broadening our focus to include planning in other areas for the weeks ahead.

Our new normal

This unique situation is requiring school districts across the nation to lean in and redefine their purpose. For us, that means serving both our students and our community. Our nurses personally made masks for local healthcare workers, our food services, grounds and maintenance staff have teamed up to help us provide about 1,500 meals daily, and our teachers are eager to get creative about collaborating with and supporting each other and our students. We are proud of the way our district and our community is coming together to provide support to those around us. 

Learning support: Keeping your child on track

We are excited to continue updating our list of at-home learning resources for families to use with their children. Additionally, our teachers are working collaboratively this week to design and prepare to roll out new Google Classrooms for all grade levels, going live after spring break. We are also developing a plan to distribute devices to the families of elementary students who need them. More information to come about the distribution of devices later this week. We look forward to sharing new ways of keeping our students active and engaged! 

Update on graduation for Class of 2020

We recently received new guidance from OSPI around credit requirements, High School and Beyond Plans, graduation pathways, available waivers, and local graduation requirements. Our district and high schools are prioritizing meeting specific graduation requirement needs for seniors and will work to ensure they graduate. We are working closely with the state on this and will share more detailed information as soon as we are able. 

Meal pickup locations

We are consolidating our meal distribution sites to maximize staffing. Beginning Thursday, March 26, families who were picking up meals at Klahowya Secondary School will be asked to visit an alternate distribution site. For the most up-to-date list of pickup locations and times, or to let us know if you are unable to access meals, visit 

School playground closures

As a school district, we have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to doing our part to flatten the curve and comply with the recommendations of public health authorities. Therefore, we are closing our school playgrounds. 

Spring break plans (March 30 – April 3)

Childcare and meals will continue over spring break, and we have a plan in place for operating those services. School-based employees, including teachers, will not be working over spring break. All our buildings will remain closed to the public. 
We know there are still many unanswered questions, and we are working on finding those answers. As we do, we will continue to provide updates by email, on our website and on social media. Thank you, again, for your patience and support. We will get through this together. Until then, be kind, compassionate and strong for yourself and others! 

March 17: Plans for basic needs and student learning

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We understand this is a difficult time for everyone. Right now, our focus is on meeting the basic needs of our students, staff, families and community. Please take a moment to watch this video message from our superintendent, Dr. Erin Prince, which includes answers to questions on childcare, meals, social distancing and learning opportunities.

Our teachers are eager to support our students as quickly as possible. But it’s important to understand that we are very limited by state and federal policy in how we can provide instruction during this closure. Dr. Prince has asked teachers to “pause” this week while we wait for further guidance from OSPI. We should have more information by the end of this week. Until then, we know you want to keep your child learning when our schools are closed. We have compiled this list of at-home learning resources for all ages.

We will continue to provide updates by email, on our website and on social media. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

March 16: Meals During School Closures

During this extended school closure, we will offer free meals to all children 18 and under. We will also provide meals to our Special Education students up to age 21.

We will begin providing boxed lunches on Wednesday, March 18. Each meal will also include breakfast for the next day. You can pick up meals Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and Noon at multiple sites across our district. You do not need to leave your car. Children must be present to claim a meal.

Learn more at

Our childcare providers are still finalizing childcare options. We will share more information on that soon. Thank you for your patience and support.

March 13 Update: Schools Closed March 16 to at Least April 24

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We have been closely monitoring updates and best practices regarding community spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout our state and nation. The situation is constantly changing, and it has become clear that school districts across Kitsap County cannot continue to operate.  

Beginning Monday, March 16, all CK schools will be closed to students through at least Friday, April 24. We have asked staff to talk with students about this closure, and to ensure they bring home all necessary personal belongings.

We know this decision will have an enormous impact on our students, staff, families and community. Our schools are so much more than just a place to learn. Although educating students is our primary mission, we also provide critical services and support to numerous families in our area. We are working on plans to serve our students and families during this closure. This will include:

  • Food Services – We will ensure students who need help are provided with nutritious meals.
  • Childcare – We are working with our childcare partners on options.
  • Learning Opportunities – We are looking at ways to provide remote resources for students.  

We don’t have all these answers now. It will take us more time to fully develop and communicate the specifics for each area with guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). We will provide updates as we finalize these plans.

All CK Schools staff will report to work on Monday to continue our planning efforts.

We know this is a difficult time. The next few weeks will pose challenges. But we are so proud of the way our staff and community have come together to face this public health crisis. Please be patient with us during this challenging time as we work to provide answers to your questions. We will continue to keep in touch with additional information and guidance.

March 12 Update: Preparations Underway

These last few weeks—and the anxiety around the spread of the novel coronavirus—have not been easy for anyone. We are truly in uncharted waters. We are so grateful to our amazing staff, families and community for your patience, support and understanding. Together, we can and will get through this difficult and uncertain time.

School closure questions

We are working closely with state officials and public health experts around school closure decisions. We learned today that the governor has ordered the closure of all K-12 schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties from March 17 through at least April 24. The governor has not directed school closures in Kitsap County at this time. However, he has asked us to plan for how we would address the needs of our staff, students and families in the event of an extended closure.

What to expect next

This situation is new for everyone, and it is constantly changing. We are doing our best to make the right decisions for our staff, students and community. We will communicate with you any additional information or guidance. Thank you, again, for your patience and support.

March 11 Update: Activities & Athletics Suspended Until April 5

UPDATED (March 11, 2020)

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).

This suspension will not affect our before and after school childcare providers.

Thank you for your support.

March 9 Update

School closure or event cancellation considerations

Any decisions regarding school closure or cancellation of events will be done in consultation with our local and state health departments. If we do have to close schools, we must ensure equal access to education for all our students. With that in mind, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) guidance states: It will likely make more sense to cancel school and/or district services and make up missed days at the end of the school year, rather than deploying a distance learning model that can be accessed by some, but not all, of your students.

If we do have a closure, or your child misses school, we will also work with you and your child to make up missed work. Please follow your school’s regular process for absences. In addition, we have compiled these online learning resources that families can choose to use in the event of a school closure.

When to keep students home

If your child has a cough or other symptoms, you might be unsure about whether you should keep your child home from school. For guidance, please contact your child’s health care provider or call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week.

If you do keep your child home, please call your school’s attendance line and share the specific reason for the absence—particularly if your child has flu or respiratory symptoms. We will excuse all absences due to student safety concerns, illness, health conditions or medical appointments.

What to expect next

The health and safety of our students, staff and community remains our top priority. We will keep you informed as we learn more about COVID-19 and its impact on our schools and community. Thank you for your support!

March 4 Update

As the situation with the novel coronavirus continues to change rapidly, the health and safety of our students, staff and community is our top priority. We will continue to keep this page updated; we've also added a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

How We Clean Schools and Buses

Our custodial, maintenance and transportation staff clean schools and buses using a disinfectant that is effective against viruses like the novel coronavirus. They focus on surfaces and objects that students and staff frequently touch (“touchpoints”), such as handrails, doorknobs and faucet handles. This is what you can expect:

What we clean during the day

  • Cafeteria tables/other surfaces
  • Restrooms (multiple times daily)
  • School buses (multiple times daily)
  • Touchpoints (multiple times daily)

What we clean at night

  • Classrooms
  • Empty trash/recycling
  • Floors (vacuum and clean)
  • Health rooms
  • Locker rooms
  • Restrooms
  • School buses
  • Touchpoints
Each building has been provided with district-approved cleaning supplies. Our staff can use them throughout the day in our classrooms and workspaces as needed.

Other Preventative Measures

The best way to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus is to promote good handwashing. This short handwashing video may be helpful for you to use with your child. We are prepared for students to request the opportunity to wash their hands more often, and our custodians will work to keep soap and paper towels stocked throughout the day. We are also developing a short presentation for our staff to use with students with up-to-date facts and reminders.

What to Expect Next

Any decisions regarding event cancellation or school closure would be done in consultation with the Kitsap Public Health District.

March 2 Update

The situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to change rapidly. You may have heard that some schools in our state have briefly closed. We are committed to keeping you informed as we learn more about this illness and its impact on our community.

What’s changed: The latest on COVID-19

Public health officials have confirmed that COVID-19 is spreading in our state. Although no cases have been confirmed in Kitsap County, we should be prepared for "community spread." (Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.) The Centers for Disease Control recommends that school districts work closely with local health officials regarding any decision to close schools or cancel events. At this time, local health officials do not recommend school closures or event cancellations. Recommendations may change as we learn more about this virus. We will keep you updated.

How we’re responding: Our preventative approach

Graphic version of cleaning infoOur custodial and maintenance staff are trained to use disinfectants safely and effectively. We clean our schools and buses daily using a disinfectant that is effective against viruses like COVID-19. This includes sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as bathrooms, water fountains, desks, countertops, doorknobs, hands‐on learning items, faucet handles and phones. We are also working with school nurses and medical professionals to promote good handwashing and preventative measures to all our students.

A reminder: How you can help prevent spread of COVID-19

You can help reduce the risk of your child getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including coronavirus, by taking these simple steps: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

Feb. 28 Message on Coronavirus

As you are likely aware, countries around the world are facing an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus called COVID-19. While the current risk to the general public is considered low, we want you to know how we're preparing.

How we're preventing the spread of illness in our schools – including coronavirus
The health and safety of our students, staff and community is our top priority. We follow a regular cleaning and disinfection program to prevent the spread of germs in schools and on our buses. We are actively working with local, state and national health agencies as they monitor this situation. The Washington State Department of Health has not advised schools to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses in schools.

What you can do to prevent illness
You can help reduce the risk of your child getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including coronavirus, by taking these simple steps: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

How we make decisions about closing schools
Before closing schools or canceling events we will work closely with local and state health agencies. Any decision to close our schools will be done in consultation with their guidance and recommendations.

Learn more about coronavirus
The news surrounding COVID-19 changes frequently. These resources can help keep you informed:

We appreciate your help in keeping our students, staff and community safe. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's school directly. Thank you!