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Update from the Superintendent - 3/11/20

March 11, 2020

Update from the Superintendent

 

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

You may be curious about the impact of Governor Jay Inslee's new briefing on COVID-19 that was given early this morning which included guidance on ways to slow the spread of this virus, including efforts to reduce social interactions.

At this time, Governor Inslee, in partnership with the health department, is asking schools to stay open for now; however, he is asking all school districts to begin contingency planning for the possibility of school closures. The building administrators, directors, and food services, have been working closely on a contingency plan and identifying what that might look like on behalf of our students and families.

Schools serve as the cornerstone of our community. They play a pivotal role in ensuring students' basic needs like nutrition and care. We also live in a community that has a high overlap between our health care professionals and our parent community, and we want to support these critical local employees and maintain the capacity of the health care system by taking care of children so parents can work while maintaining the health and safety of our students and their families. 

Kittitas County Public Health Department is recommending the public focus on social distancing.  Social distancing means avoiding being within six feet of someone for periods of ten minutes or more.  People should maintain social distancing and people in vulnerable health categories should avoid situations where distancing is not possible.  At this time,  KCPHD is not recommending cancellation of schools in Kittitas County.  “Individuals from other, more affected areas are not regularly interacting with our school students during the day, so the consequences of canceling school would not outweigh the benefit of disease prevention,” states Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson. 

What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Prevention starts with the daily practice of good personal health habits such as; 

  • staying home when you are sick
  • covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue 
  • wash your hands often with soap and water 
  • clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (such as your phone, keyboard, and work surfaces) 
  • get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids and manage your stress.

What actions are we already taking?

  • We will continue to refine our contingency plans for possible local closures.
  • We will be closely monitoring our events and activities in an effort to increase social distancing by working. Updates will be communicated on our Website  as well as our social media platforms: facebook CleElum-RoslynSchoolDistrict, and instagram cleelumroslynsd
  • We continue to encourage staff and students to stay home when they are sick.
  • We are continuing to take extra care in our schools and workplaces to follow the CDC’s best advice for cleaning, hand-washing and other personal hygiene.

You will likely hear more in the coming days about more school district closures in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, where there are more confirmed cases. Please remember that our context is different than each of these situations and the governor and the health department are still asking us to remain open to serve our families.

You can find updates on our web page for families and staff:

In the meantime, make sure you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this time of stress and anxiety. Governor Inslee reminded us this morning that we are all leaders and we can take individual steps to help each other. I thank those of you who have taken the time to share suggestions and messages of support. They are much appreciated. 

Michelle Kuss-Cybula
Superintendent
Cle Elum-Roslyn School District
509-649-4850

 

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