Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here can I find accurate up-to-date information about coronavirus?
- Snohomish County Health District
- Washington State Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- WA State Department of Health novel coronavirus call center: 1-800-525-0127
How do I talk to my kids about coronavirus?
- OSPI: Tips for talking to kids about school closures and COVID-19
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease
- NPR: Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- Nationalal Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children about COVID-19
- Brain Pop: A video appropriate for elementary students that explains coronavirus
- Mary Bridge Children's Hospital: Helping Children Cope
I feel anxious about coronavirus. Where can I find support?
It is natural to be concerned about a new illness. If you would like to talk with someone, the following mental health services are available to families and staff:
- Families and parents can call the Washington State Department of Health’s Coronavirus hotline at 1-800-525-0127.
- Staff can access our district Employee Assistance Program. EAP is company‐sponsored, confidential and provided at no charge to you and your dependents. Confidential Help Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: (877) 595‐5281.
Why are schools closed?
We are following the order from Gov. Jay Inslee to implement social distancing to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This includes all K-12 school districts throughout the entire state of Washington. Our schools will remain closed through April 24, 2020.
How will the closures impact the last day of school?
OSPI has stated that they plan to grant emergency waivers to allow districts to end the school year on Friday, June 19. Here is the guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
How will these closures impact high school seniors?
We are awaiting guidance on this from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction(OSPI) and the State Board of Education. However, Superintendent Chris Reykdal has assured districts that this will be of utmost priority.
Does Monroe School District plan to provide online/distance learning?
The state school superintendent (OSPI) has recommended that schools not attempt online learning unless districts can guarantee that ALL students have equitable access.
Therefore, during the mandated school closure, Monroe School District will not be offering distance learning options.This decision aligns with OSPI guidance and is rooted in our commitment to equity and ensuring all students have an equal chance at success. Distance learning is not an equitable option because:
- We serve a diverse community with varied access to technology. We cannot ensure all students have access to digital devices and the internet at home.
- Many of our families work. When schools are closed, we cannot ensure all students have an adult at home to support their learning.
- We cannot provide all students with disabilities their federally-mandated free and appropriate education via distance learning.
- We have not provided all of our principals and teachers the proper professional development needed to lead and execute remote learning.
How can I support/reinforce my child's continued learning at home?
To support at-home learning and reinforce in-school learning at home using online instructional tools, please visit our Online Resources page. These resources do not replace direct teacher instruction but rather reinforce skills that are taught in the classroom.
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Will school offices be open during the closure?
All school offices are closed at this time.
What about community facility use?
At this time, all external rentals and use of our district facilities have been suspended through April 24, 2020.