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Updates: Monday, March 23rd

March 23, 2020 

Dear families, students, and community partners of Cle Elum-Roslyn School District,

As I sit down at my computer to gather my thoughts, I take in the bright and warm sunny afternoon. Spring has blessed up with her presence everywhere; flowers popping up across the yard, birds gathering materials for their nests, and warm weather slowly returning. It’s easy to forget that our nation and our community, are facing a global pandemic. Yet, we are in a time where our world looks a little different and asks that we, too, find a different way of doing daily life.

As our first full week of closure comes to an end, I can’t help but appreciate the love, support, and generosity of this incredible community that we live in. Each day, I hear and see amazing examples of kindness and goodwill, whether it’s our food service staff working in collaboration with our local food banks, our secretaries and administrative team calling families to make sure their basic needs are taken care of, our nursing staff and counselors overseeing childcare and weekend food nutrition, and our dedicated team of teachers checking in with their students and families. I am blessed to be a part of this caring community.

Recognizing our schools serve as a centerpiece in support of our youth, families and community, we understand that extended school closure will create significant hardship. Children, families, and even our staff, count on the reliable and predictable rhythms of the school day, along with the knowledge that their children are surrounded by caring, compassionate, competent professionals who love and care for each student. Contemplating weeks without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. With this in mind, please know that we are in the process of refining a comprehensive contingency plan intended to provide support during this unprecedented period of time.

Nutrition

Our first priority is to ensure regular meals for our students. Meal services (breakfast and lunch) continue to be available Monday through Friday at our “drop zones” strategically located throughout the district. For times and location, click here. Our youth, regardless of whether they attend our schools or not, will be able to access breakfast and lunch in the form of “grab-and-go” meals at these locations. In addition, we will continue to partner with the COAL and the Roslyn Grocery to distribute Friday Weekend Nutrition Food Bags at drop zones. If you are interested in receiving these services, please complete this form and email it to abrahamj@cersd.org or email communityrelations@cersd.org for more information.

Many families have asked; how can I help? If you are in a position to financially contribute, COAL is working in partnership with the Roslyn Grocery in order to provide families with weekend nutrition. You can make a donation by calling the Roslyn Grocery (509) 649-3367 and specify “Weekend Nutrition”. We thank you for your generous support!

Childcare

During long-term school closures, childcare will be critically important so frontline healthcare workers and first responders can focus on slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Governor Inslee has communicated an expectation that school districts will make accommodations to provide childcare for our healthcare and first responder families which include people who work in any setting where healthcare services, long term care, long-term services which include firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical personnel, as licensed or certificated by the state, and our employees of our local grocery stores.

If you qualify as a first responder and would like to access our childcare services, please email communityrelations@cersd.org.

Continued Learning

Our administrators, program directors, and teacher leaders have been working very hard behind-the-scenes to build sustainable and effective systems for academic enrichment during this closure.

Our focus will be continued learning through:

  • personal connections
  • reinforce previous learning
  • give extensions from previously learned material
  • give ongoing feedback and support
  • provide technology as needed

Many teachers have already connected with students and families in various ways to check in, provide instructional content and support students’ continued learning.  Our staff will continue working through this crisis, and our expectation is that all students will be provided with learning opportunities every week. We will begin our next round of academic enrichment opportunities beginning no later than March 27.

Middle and high school students will receive their instructional support through teacher outreach.

For elementary students, teachers will initiate online connections using Skyward, email, and other programs that most teachers have already been using to connect school with home.

For our seniors in their final semester of high school, and our students receiving specialized services: we have teams working now in each of these areas, and will be ensuring personal outreach within the next week. We also expect more specific guidance from the state within the coming days.

In the meantime, we encourage families to engage in home learning as much as you can, recognizing each family and each staff member is in their own unique situation regarding work, health and child care. Talking with your child about social distancing and the impacts this pandemic has on them can be difficult to navigate. We have put together some helpful talking points on our web site. You can access the site by clicking here.

Like all 294 school districts in Washington, we are working hard to respond to an unexpected and rapidly changing situation. It is likely that our academic enrichment learning plans will adapt and change in the weeks to come, and we thank students and families in advance for your patience as we adjust our systems.

Tech Delivery

Our community has generously supported our one-to-one technology initiative through our local capital projects levy. We want to make sure that any family that needs a technology connection can gain access, understanding that our geographical location makes Wi-Fi access challenging. Therefore, we are in the process of setting up Wi-Fi hot spots around our district, and partnering with local businesses to gain “drive-up” Wi-Fi access as well. Will have more information available in the coming week. I want to also recognize that we are concerned about equitable access for our students and families when it comes to technology. If you prefer hard copies of academic enrichment learning plans, please reach out to your childs’ teacher via email or leave a message on your schools voice mail. All staff are working from home and can answer any questions that you may have.

If your family has a need for a device to access technology, please complete our technology request form by clicking here to access our mobile device checkout form, or you can email tech@cersd.org.  We will do our best to honor requests, one per family starting with high school seniors first.

Information and Updates

The Cle Elum-Roslyn School District will continue to send updates with further information via the district’s website, FB pages, Skyward Messenger, School Messenger and local media sources.

I can’t emphasize enough how extremely grateful I am to all of you and your patience as we continue to work through this ever changing landscape. Take care of yourself, your loved ones, and stay healthy.

Warmly,

Michelle Kuss-Cybula
Superintendent

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