As you may be aware, Governor Jay Inslee announced earlier today a historic mandated closure of all private and public K-12 school in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties from March 17-April 24th, 2020, with all schools scheduled to return on Monday, April 27th, 2020.
As Public Health officials and the governor continue to emphasize, it is vital that our health care systems not get overwhelmed during this crisis. This school closure allows MCH and our community to play its part as global citizens in helping to slow down the spread of the virus. Simultaneously, we want to be supportive and responsive to the needs within our community.
Due to the recent positive case within our parent community, the fact that symptoms in young people are mild in nature and may not always be apparent, and the fact that we had over 32% of student illness and 29% of staff illness in our community last week, childcare will remain closed through Friday, March 20th, 2020. While we know this will be difficult for many of you, this additional time will allow us to determine what childcare can take place during the remainder of the extended closure.
The MCH Upper School will start its Distance Learning format this coming Monday, March 16th, and will now be extending it through Friday, April 24th. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has stated it will be reviewing whether we will be allowed to resume classes on Monday, April 27th, and will communicate this accordingly.
Please reach out to us if there is anything, we can do to support you as we all adjust and comply with this mandate. We will be sure to share any new updates as they become available and thank you for your support and patience in these trying times.