• COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

    Important Updates

    Dear Lake Stevens School District students and families,

    Thank you for your patience and flexibility during these unprecedented school closures. Our staff members have been working tirelessly to continue to provide vital resources to students and their families. We are so appreciative of your understanding and support. We have an amazing community!

    Please take a few minutes to review the information below. If you have additional questions that are not addressed here, please call the district office at 425-335-1500. We have customized our district phone system to make call delivery more streamlined by topic. You may also email tellus@lkstevens.wednet.edu.

    MEALS
    We have free grab-and-go meals for any person 18 years or younger, and persons 19- to 21-years-old with a physical or mental disability, as defined by the state, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the following locations:

    Lake Stevens Middle School, 1031 91st Ave SE

    North Lake Middle School, 2202 123rd Ave NE

    • Students must be present to receive a meal.
    • Each student will receive two meals, lunch and breakfast for the following morning.
    • No adult meals will be available for purchase.

    For more information, please contact foodservices@lkstevens.wednet.edu or call the Nutrition Services office at 425-335-1561. If you are in need of meals, and are unable to get to one of the middle schools, please call 425-335-1500.

    CHILDCARE
    We know how impactful school closures are for working families. Gov. Jay Inslee has asked that childcare priority be given to the children of healthcare workers, first responders and retail workers so that they may continue serving our community. If you fall into these categories, or are in urgent need of childcare, please follow this link to view community childcare options.

    This list is meant to serve as a resource to help parents and guardians arrange childcare and outdoor educational opportunities for students during this emergency closure. Lake Stevens School District is not endorsing or promoting any of these facilities or programs. Please contact each facility directly with any questions.

    EDUCATION
    Our schools are closed, but learning can continue from home in a variety of fashions. We are gathering suggested learning resources to support the learning of all students. Please visit our Learning Resources for Families page. These learning resources will not be meant to replicate classroom instruction or continue forward in the curricular scope and sequence but should enhance, deepen or extend previously taught content and concepts. In addition, beginning next week you should expect to hear from your child’s teacher.

    We know that our high school students and families have very specific questions about earning credits, and meeting graduation requirements. We are in the process of getting answers to these important questions and concerns. State Superintendent Chris Reykdal has also made this one of his top priorities. As we learn more, we will communicate with families of senior students.

    COMPUTING ACCESS
    During the school closure, families are encouraged to support their children in accessing learning engagement resources. Families who have personal devices for their child to use at home are welcome to use it to access learning resources.

    Students in grades 6-12 have a district Chromebook for use at home. Families in need of a Chromebook for their elementary child to access learning engagement resources will have the opportunity to check one out at the following locations and times:

    Families who do not already have a device at home for their elementary child to use to access learning resources may check one out:

    • Monday, March 30
      1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
      Cavelero Mid High School
      8220 24th St SE Lake Stevens, WA 98258
    • Drive thru pickup in the rear bus loop

    At this time we are only issuing one device per family. Please do not check out a device unless you truly need it. You will need your child's name, birthday and student ID number. Children do not need to accompany parents/guardians to check out a device. If you are in need of a Chromebook and are unable to join us during the listed time, please contact techsupport@lkstevens.wednet.edu and we will arrange a time to connect with you.

    INTERNET ACCESS
    Resources are available for families in need of Internet access during our school closure. Comcast’s Internet Essentials program offers free Internet access for the next two months for qualifying families who are new customers. For more details please visit, www.internetessentials.com.

    We are exploring additional options for families to use to access the Internet. Information will be shared as it becomes available.

    KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT
    Kindergarten Parent Information Night on March 19 has been postponed. We will accept kindergarten enrollment packets once school resumes its normal schedule. Please do not bring enrollment packets to the Educational Service Center.

    EMPLOYEES
    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law's paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.

    Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER (ESC)
    The Educational Services Center will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 23. District personnel and school administrators are available via email. If you're not sure who to contact, please email tellus@lkstevens.wednet.edu and your question will be routed accordingly. Thank you for your understanding as we work to protect the health of our staff members.

    Again, we thank you for your support and flexibility as we work to navigate these uncertain and ever-changing times.

    Warm regards,
    Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

    Previous updates:

    Dear Lake Stevens School District students and families,

    Gov. Jay Inslee issued an order this afternoon that all schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties will be closed through Friday, April 24. This decision is being made to implement social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19 throughout our communities.

    Lake Stevens Schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24.

    Throughout the closure, state officials will evaluate the status of the COVID-19 outbreak, and will determine if further closures are needed.

    Schools will be open and on normal 85-minute early release schedules tomorrow, Friday, March 13.
    Given that this is the last day our students will be with us for some time, please remind your child to take home any supplies or personal belongings they may need during this closure.

    While many of our neighboring districts made the decision to close schools ahead of the governor’s order, our goal has been to keep our doors open for as long as safely possible in order to support our students, staff, and the entire community. The time has come to close our schools in the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

    I know the tremendous impact that closing our schools has—especially on our most vulnerable students and families. We are working tirelessly to continue to provide meals and learning resources for students. We are also exploring child care options for families through our community partners.

    Meals will be available for students beginning Monday, March 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Stevens Middle School and North Lake Middle School. More information is available on our website, or by calling 425-335-1561.

    Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us. We are compiling your questions—and lots of wonderful ideas and offers of help and support—and are using them for our continued planning. We have developed a FAQ page on our website that provides some immediate answers. This is a living document that will be updated as more information becomes available.

    We will continue to provide updated information through automated phone calls, emails, text messages, mobile app notification, websites and social media as it becomes available. We ask for your continued patience. This is uncharted territory but I am grateful to be in the community of Lake Stevens during a crisis like this. The genuine care, concern and support for one another is evident. Thank you for your support as we all work together to do what is best for our students, staff and community.

    Warm regards,

    Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Ed.D.
    Superintendent
    tellus@lkstevens.wednet.edu


    School events and field trips are cancelled from now until April 5, 2020: We are following the guidance of the Snohomish Health District to implement social distancing strategies. Social distancing is a step taken to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious virus or disease. This includes the cancellation or postponement of non-essential, large public gatherings that take place outside of the school day, and include participants other than students.

    Large school events and activities taking place outside of the school day, including field trips to offsite locations, from Tuesday, March 10 to Sunday, April 5 are cancelled. After-school activities such as clubs, sports competitions, and sports practices are considered an extension of the school day, and may continue.

    We know how impactful this is, and have made this decision to protect the health and well-being of our students and staff members. When possible, events will be rescheduled later this spring. You will receive information about specific events from your child’s school.

    At this time, there are no changes to our school schedules. The Health District is not recommending that schools close unless there is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

    External facility use is cancelled from Tuesday, March 10 to Sunday, April 5. In order to maximize our resources toward the cleaning of our schools, we are canceling external rentals and use of our schools. This enables our custodial staff to focus on the daily strategic cleaning and disinfecting required of them.