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    Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year
    Posted on 04/06/2020

    Seattle Public Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

    Translated April 6 family letter

    Dear Families:

    On Monday, April 6, 2020, Governor Inslee made an emergency proclamation extending the closure of all schools through the end of the school year. As a result, Seattle Public Schools will not reopen our school buildings for the 2019-20 school year as we had hoped.

    Watch the Superintendent Message

    While our buildings remain closed, we will continue to provide essential supports and services for students and families. Over the past weeks, our nutrition services team has served an average of 3,000 meals per day to students and families. Our dedicated community partners have provided weekend meals for over 1,600 families each Friday and community-based organizations have worked with us to lift child care across the city for first responders. Read more about child care during the school closures.

    In addition to supporting students’ basic needs, we are providing continuous learning during school closures. Each week, staff have distributed learning packets to an average of 7,000 students and provided 60 new teacher led lessons via SPS TV and YouTube. Go to the SPS TV webpage.

    Teachers and staff are working tirelessly to provide continuous learning for all students during the closure, and we will continue to hone our process as we adapt to new state directives.

    I understand the anxiety, sadness, and frustration this extended closure may cause, and I recognize that this transition has not been easy. Please know that each and every one of our decisions is made with the wellbeing of our 53,000 students in mind.

    This is how we “do school” now – remotely, with families as co-educators and partners. Never has authentic family engagement been so important. We will all have to work at this together with patience and understanding. One thing I know about Seattle Public Schools is that our staff and educators will work hard to make sure you and your child are well supported.

    I will share more information in the coming days about what this extended closure means for staff and students, including graduation for seniors and students receiving specialized services.

    Thank you for your patience and grace as we transition again and begin to address what the Governor’s order means for our SPS community now and as we look to next fall. Our priorities reflect our values of Seattle Excellence and as we build our new system of learning, we will continue to hold up our values while keeping students and families centered in everything that we do.

    Superintendent Denise Juneau