MSD Schools to Close Beginning March 13, 2020

MSD Schools to Close Beginning March 13, 2020

Dear Monroe School District community,

After conference calls today with the Snohomish Department of Emergency Management, Governor Jay Inslee, and other Superintendents from throughout Snohomish County, we have made the decision to close all MSD schools to students beginning Friday, March 13 in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout our communities.

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, will be a regular school day. This will allow for an additional day of learning and time for students to bring home any personal items they might want while schools are closed. At this time we anticipate being closed to students for 6 weeks (through April 24th) in alignment with other local school districts and will re-evaluate the need for further closures during that time.

This was not a decision we came to lightly and our plans moving forward require additional planning and preparation. We will spend the remainder of this week planning for alternatives for the following services:

  • Food and Nutrition Services
  • Potential childcare during school hours for families who are not able to remain home and serve in critical community roles such as healthcare and first responders
  • Educational resources and support

We recognize this closure creates many different challenges and our goal is to continue to provide basic services to support students and their families throughout our community.

We will continue to provide updated information over the next two days and we ask for your patience as our staff work through planning. We know that our staff and community will have many, many questions and we will work to get information to you as we work to navigate this uncharted territory.

We strongly urge families to follow the updated guidance from the Snohomish Health District for social distancing and other precautions in an effort to slow the spread of this virus.

Again, thank you for staying calm and working with us as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic and please remember to check the district website for updates and answers to frequently asked questions.

Dr. Fredrika Smith