Community Update 4/1/21 - Physical Distancing Guidance

Community Update 4/1/21 - Physical Distancing Guidance

Dear Monroe School District community,

In response to the recent changes to the Washington State Department of Health's Guidance for K-12 Schools regarding physical distancing, we wanted to provide you with an update.

We have carefully reviewed the new guidelines and it is important to note that while physical distancing requirements have decreased to 3' for our classrooms, they remain at 6' in other areas of the school, such as hallways and lunch rooms. Moving to 3' of distancing in our classrooms would allow us to have most of our students on campus at one time; however, maintaining 6' of distancing between students during lunches and passing times would be quite challenging. We are examining how this would work if we were to make changes to our current plans.

At this time, we are moving forward with our previously communicated plans to return our 6th - 12th grade students at Park Place, Hidden River, Monroe High and Leaders in Learning to a hybrid in-person learning schedule on April 14th. Additionally, we will continue with the current elementary hybrid in-person schedule. We are looking at our current instructional models and determining if there are opportunities for us to increase our in-person services. This includes conversations with our labor unions, building and district leadership, and our instructional and support staff.

Many families and community members have asked, "what can I do to help?" Now is the time for you to consider a school position to support the operations of the school district. We currently have many open positions all across the district and as we prepare to return more students to in-person learning, we need your help! We are currently hiring for paraeducators, bus drivers, custodians, office support, substitutes and more. Please visit our employment website: https://monroejobs.hrmplus.net, and share this with your friends and family! This is truly an opportunity to help support our entire community as we transition back more students to in-person learning.

As we look ahead to the fall, we intend to provide in-person and full-time learning for all students. The Governor announced last week that districts should prepare for full-time in-person learning for the coming school year. We are still waiting for a few additional details that will allow us to announce additional plans and accommodations for the fall. We are excited to be planning with the intention of all students returning in September.

We are committed to ensuring that each of our schools and campuses maintain the highest health and safety standards and we are looking forward to welcoming more of our students back to school for in-person learning.

Sincerely,

Dr. Justin Blasko
Superintendent