The Anacortes School District will close all schools and district facilities from Tuesday, March 17 until Friday, April 24. Other Skagit County school districts are also following this recommendation. Depending on public health guidance, it's possible the closure could extend even further.
“This is not a decision any of us make lightly,” said Superintendent Mark Wenzel. “We understand how challenging this new reality will be for many of our families. The decision is made on the scientific evidence and public health experts' analysis of the situation.”
Wenzel told an emergency meeting of the Anacortes School Board on Thursday evening that he had noted whsat he called "a heavier feel in our schools" and that anxiety levels have been high recently.
- The number of cases in Western Washington has increased dramatically in the last week
- Increased testing is leading to an increase in identified cases across the region
- Although children are not likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19, they can spread it to others who are at high risk
- Social distancing is the best tool we have to avoid the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Skagit County. It can help to “flatten the curve.”
- All buildings and facilities will be closed starting Tuesday March 17, except for access by staff as needed.
- Please take belongings home by the end of school on Monday (books, lunchboxes, jackets, etc).
- All school-related events are canceled.
- All sports are canceled, including practices until at least April 24.
- Teachers will provide resources for students to help maintain skills, though this will not be graded coursework.
- AHS and Cap Sante administrators and staff will be working with seniors to ensure graduation requirements are met.
On Monday, we will share more detailed plans for food service, childcare options for health care/first responders, learning resources, special education information and more. Please remember that this is an unprecedented event and is evolving rapidly.
The legislature is considering action to address graduation timelines and course credit. However, it is understood at this time that the school year will not continue past June 19, 2020.
We will know more as time goes on. We are working with the Governor, OSPI, superintendents across the state, public health advisors across the state and our local community leaders and administration to do what is best for our students, staff, families and community members.