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Eagle Updates, March 16, 2020

Greetings, Shiloh Families,
 
We hope this message finds you well.  We have been working hard this weekend to find ways that we can support our families during the school closure.  We understand that the closure presents a number of issues for many of our families and we will do everything in our power to support you over the coming weeks. 

Warmly, 
Mr. Edwards and Mrs. Duchow
 
Here is a brief message from our Shiloh Hills Social Worker, Jen Oglesbee:
 
If you are in need of food resources during the school closures please email our School Social Worker, Mrs. Oglesbee at jennifer.oglesbee@mead354.org.  Please see the attached Community Resources for Families list.
 
 
Breakfast and Lunch Changes for Monday, March 16th: 
 
In an attempt to minimize the number of students congregating in central locations we are going to make some adjustments to our routines with regards to Breakfast and Lunch.  
 
Breakfast:  If your child usually gets breakfast, he/she WILL get their breakfast, however we will NOT be serving breakfast at the normal time of 8:45am.  Instead, all students will line up with their class and teachers will take their classes inside at 9:00.  Teachers will get students settled as they normally would and then any student that needs breakfast will be allowed to go to the cafeteria to get their breakfast.  We will require that each student wash their hands before getting their food.  Once students get their breakfast, they will walk back down to class and eat in their classrooms.
 
Lunch and Recess:  All students will eat lunch in their classrooms.  We will provide plenty of time for students to wash their hands prior to getting their lunch.  Students will still have recess, but we have flip flopped the order so that our students will eat lunch first and then go outside for recess.
 
Learning Opportunities During the School Closure: We have been advised by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction not to provide online mandatory learning for our students unless we can provide those services in an equitable manner. We cannot do that at this time, however, we will be providing optional learning materials. These resources are recommended, but not required. It is our hope that our students and families will take advantage of this resource. We are awaiting further guidance from OSPI in the coming days. At Shiloh Hills, many teachers/grade levels have been working to get additional materials ready for our students to take home with them tomorrow.  If you choose to keep your child home from school tomorrow, you can still come to the office and pick up a packet of optional learning materials between 8:00am and 4:00pm.  After tomorrow, we will work as a district to see if/how we can provide additional materials and/or opportunities to our families.  Thank you for your patience as we try to navigate this unique situation.
 
One additional Item:
 
Silverwood Reading Program: Silverwood Park has extended the deadline for Silverwood Reading Logs to April 30th.  All Shiloh reading logs are due by Thursday, April 30th.  Students will receive their tickets by May 15th. This time away from school might be a great time for the students to fulfill the 10 reading hour requirement.  
 
 
Message from Superintendent Woodward
The following message came out from Superintendent Woodward via email on Sunday, March 15th:

Dear Mead School District Families,

We still plan on having school tomorrow, Monday, March 16th. We encourage students to attend to pick up educational materials, however, we respect the decision of families who wish to keep their children at home. At this point, we are still working out many details of this school closure. Following is a brief update of what we know at this point:

Will the Mead School District provide childcare during the closure? 
We are currently working on a plan for childcare. For families of medical field workers and first responders, we will have childcare in place by Monday, March 23rd. We will also send a survey out to all families tomorrow to determine if there is a need to provide childcare to other families as well. 

Will there be meals available to students during the closure?
We will begin meal service by Monday, March 23rd. We will be delivering meals to various hubs throughout the school district. More information to follow in the coming days. 

Will students be learning from home during the closure?
We have been advised by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction not to provide online mandatory learning for our students unless we can provide those services in an equitable manner. We cannot do that at this time, however, we will be providing optional learning materials. These resources are recommended, but not required. It is our hope that our students and families will take advantage of this resource. We are awaiting further guidance from OSPI in the coming days. 

Will students have to make up these days?
Currently our last day of school is June 12th.  The most recent information from OSPI suggests that all school districts in our state will receive an emergency waiver to end the school year on Friday, June 19th, at the latest. 

We know that this is a stressful time for our students and families. Check out this resource from OSPI regarding talking with kids about school closures and Covid-19. Attached is another good resource on helping children cope during potentially traumatic times. 

Thank you so much for your patience and support as we continue to work through the large amount of details required of us at this time. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will be sure to update you regularly. We wish you and all of our families well!

Sincerely,

Shawn Woodward
Superintendent