MSD Community Update 11/15/20

MSD Community Update 11/15/20

Dear Monroe School District community,

Late this morning, Governor Jay Inslee announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions that will be in effect Monday, November 16th at midnight to help with our state's battle against COVID-19. It is important to note, in-person hybrid instruction for our youngest learners was not included in the new restrictions.

As stated in Governor Inslee's news release, "All K-12/higher education, child care, and courts and court-related proceedings are exempt from the new restrictions." This announcement is in alignment with our current planning to carefully and slowly roll-in our elementary students in a hybrid learning model. We will move to stage three in our learning model on Tuesday, November 17th when we welcome our first grade students back to the classroom in a hybrid AA/BB schedule.

We all face difficult decisions during these challenging times. Families, if your student is not ready to return to the classroom in-person, please contact elementary Monroe Virtual Learning Academy (MVLA) administrator Jennifer Murphy at (360) 804-3503 or to discuss if MVLA is an option for your child. MVLA is now accepting enrollment for all elementary K - 5 grade levels. Staff, please contact Human Resources to discuss other alternatives if in-person instruction is not an option for you at this time.

I am grateful to our staff members and families for their tireless efforts to support the students in the Monroe School District. We know and understand the challenges you are all facing, and the many responsibilities you are juggling. If your child is struggling, it is essential that you communicate concerns directly to our teachers and principals. I can't stress this enough. In addition to academic support, we have resources to support the social, emotional, and mental well beings of our students.

I will continue to provide updates as information changes. Again, thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

Dr. Justin Blasko