COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Lake Stevens School District schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24. At that time, state officials will reassess the COVID-19 outbreak, and will determine if schools can reopen.
All school and district activities, events, athletic competitions and practices, drama and musical performances are cancelled during this closure. Community use of our buildings is also cancelled. The Lake Stevens School District Pool is also closed beginning Monday, March 16.
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 in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Our goal has been to keep our doors open for as long as safely possible in order to support our students. The time has come to close our schools in the safety and well-being of our students and staff.
Yes. Our Nutrition Services Department will have free grab-and-go meals for any person 18 years or younger and persons 19-21 years of age with a physical or mental disability, as defined by the State between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. beginning Monday, March 16 at the following locations:
- Students must be present to receive a meal.
- Each student will receive two meals, lunch and breakfast for the following morning.
- At this time the menu will consist of cold breakfast and lunch choices
- At both locations, please enter through the bus loading zone. Our Nutrition Services staff will be set up to serve you drive-thru style, and walk-ups are welcome. Please look for our signs for additional directions and flow.
- No adult meals will be available for purchase.
For more information, please contact email@example.com or call the Nutrition Services office at 425-335-1561.
In an effort to serve all of our students, we are exploring options to deliver meals to various locations throughout our community. More information will be shared next week.
We have provided learning resources to families and teachers are reaching out to students to provide resources. We are also continuing to provide Chromebooks for students who need them. Teachers have been sharing resources and learning opportunities with students that are designed to build on prior learning and knowledge, while we continue to focus on equitable access for each student.
Based on new guidance from OSPI, and after Spring Break, teachers will begin to introduce new learning for students. That new learning will be introduced in a variety of ways, most of which will be electronically or online. New learning will be assessed, and feedback will be provided to students. We will also be sharing a schedule of learning for elementary and secondary students so families can anticipate what learning their students will be engaging in, and when they can expect that it will happen.
We are working at the district and building levels to identify ways to implement this instruction and support for all students.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange a time to connect with you.
Please visit the Clever Access page on the Learning Resources for Families Google site.
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.
OSPI will 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.
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.
OSPI is canceling all state testing for the 2019–20 school year. This includes the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM), and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners. Here is the guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
We know how impactful school closures are for working families. We are working with our community child care centers and organizations to continue to offer child care services in our schools during the closure.
Child care and day camp for Lake Stevens students (PDF)
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.
- Country Dawn
10315 20th Street SE
- Lake Stevens Christian Daycare & Preschool
9805 31st Pl NE
- Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club
1609 E Lakeshore Dr
Outdoor Educational Opportunities
- Cedar Springs
- YMCA - Program at Allen Creek Elementary
6505 60th Dr NE, Marysville WA 98270
Yes. Kindergarten Parent Information Night is cancelled. We will accept completed enrollment packets once school returns to its normal schedule.
All school athletic competitions and practices are cancelled through at least April 25. Please check with your coach for more information.
Yes. All community facility use rentals are cancelled through Friday, April 24. Please visit our Facility Use page for more information.
The Snohomish County Health District recommends the following precautions: Take the same precautions for novel coronavirus that you would for other illnesses, like the flu or common cold. In fact, the novel coronavirus is part of the same family of viruses as the common cold along with the more severe MERS and SARS. It is believed to spread in a similar way—through droplets from coughing or sneezing, close contact like shaking hands, or touching a surface where the virus is and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing hands.
Steps to prevent illness are:
- Wash hands often with warm water and soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
- Don’t touch mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces. Microfiber cloths work well. When using disinfectants, follow instructions on the product label.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
- If you feel sick, stay home and avoid close contact with others. Keep sick children home from school or child care. If you’re well but someone in your household or workplace is sick, avoid close contact.