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COVID-19 CLOSURE EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 17

  • Governor Inslee expanded the school closure order to all Washington schools, including Chewelah School District, effective Tuesday, March 17 through April 24.


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    Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19


    Meal Deliveries Safety

    Meals will continue to be delivered to student’s bus stop Monday through Friday, and will follow the one hour late start schedule each day of the week.  For the safety of our employees and our students and families, we are asking that everyone follow safe social distancing by maintaining a space of 6 feet between individuals.  To help with social distancing, a suggestion was made to have a box or container at the drop off point to place meals in to avoid the hand to hand contact.  If you have any questions, please call the district office at 685-6800, ext. 1002.


     FOOD SERVICE FOR DURATION OF SCHOOL CLOSURE

    Begins Monday, March 23, 2020

      Click Here for 3/18/20 Update on Food Delivery


     

    JENKINS SPRING ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES UPDATE

     

    Chewelah School District athletic director, Shirley Baker, has distributed the following message to spring sport coaches and athletes:

    On Sunday 3/15, I met with the district admin team and department supervisors. We had a long, detailed discussion regarding spring sports during the COVID-19 closure of schools, 3/17-4/24/2020. Below are the district directives to coaches and athletes:

     

    *During the closure of schools, all activities, practices and community use of Chewelah SD facilities is prohibited.
    * No practices facilitated by school contracted coaches or school team volunteers may take place on or off campus.

     

    I am hopeful our seasons will resume after April 24. The closure of school is meant to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to minimize the strain placed on medical personnel. I ask everyone to remain flexible during the coming weeks as this situation evolves. The Chewelah School District is very committed to maintaining an equitable opportunity for all 120+ high school athletes - as well as our junior high athletes - to participate in their sports of choice. I look forward to the first practice back where we can continue to prep our athletes for a memorable season, regardless of its abbreviation.

Welcome to the Chewelah School District!

UPDATE, 3/12/2020: Information Regarding COVID-19 and the Chewelah School District

  • March 12, 2020

    Dear Chewelah School District Families,

    As the potential for the spreading of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) into our local communities increases, district staff want to assure you that we are monitoring the most current information and guidance from the Northeast Tri County Health District (NETCHD), the Washington Department of Health, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to manage our responses in this rapidly-evolving situation. The health and safety of our students, staff, and visitors are our top priority. Our actions are and will be centered on attaining the best outcomes for our students, staff and community.

    The District Administration, School Nurse, and Program Directors met this afternoon to begin developing a contingency plan for responding to recommended actions from Tri County Health and other government agencies.

    Proactive Measures

    In the meantime, District staff have been taking precautions and obtaining additional disinfectants to deal with an infection of any kind. Administration, custodial staff, and our school nurse have been working with building staff to intensify the cleaning and sanitizing of highly touched surfaces and to ensure stocking of additional cleaning and handwashing supplies.

    Updates as of 3/12/20:

    Chewelah School District is postponing until further notice large indoor events that would place potentially at-risk individuals in close proximity. Currently the following events are impacted:

    • Jenkins Band Concert - March 19 
    • MAT Cats Wrestling - March 21 
    • Junior high Basketball

    More information about the steps you and your family members should take to stay healthy and minimize exposure to and spreading of this virus can be found on the following websites:

    Northeast Tri County Health District: https://www.netchd.org/illness-disease/coronavirus/

    Washington Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

    Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI): https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/pressreleases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Richard McFarland

    Chewelah School District Superintendent

     

    Click on the links below to see the updates on COVID-19

    3-12-2020: Update from Chewelah Schools (PDF)

    3-12-2020: TriCounty Press Release on Gatherings (PDF)

    3/5/2020 COVID-19 Symptoms and Action Recommendations  (PDF)

     


    March 2, 2020

    Dear Chewelah School District Families,

    School district staff are closely monitoring reports relating to the coronavirus which causes an infection known as COVID-19. There is a great deal of information (and some misinformation) that is being generated locally, regionally, and nationally regarding this emerging health concern. Chewelah School District relies on its official public health resources to get the most updated and accurate information. This is true of ANY infectious disease such as the flu, the measles, or even the common cold.

    Health providers are in constant communication with our regional health district (Northeast Tri County Health District) and the Washington State Department of Health, the statewide agency responsible for monitoring and communicating about public health emergencies. If there is report of ANY infectious disease which may be connected to students or staff of the Chewelah School District, Tri County Health District would notify us and provide guidance as to how to respond. No notice of this kind has happened.

    PROACTIVE MEASURES

    In the meantime, District staff have been taking precautions and obtaining additional disinfectants to deal with an infection of any kind. Administration, custodial staff and our school nurse have been working with building staff to intensify the cleaning and sanitizing of highly-touched surfaces and to ensure stocking of additional cleaning and handwashing supplies.

    The following list of every day precautions have been released by Department of Health officials:

    As with any viral respiratory illness, such as all coronavirus and the flu, there are steps people can take to reduce their risk of becoming ill and spreading the virus. These include:

    · Wash your hands frequently

    · Avoid touching your mouth and eyes

    · Cover your coughs and sneezes

    · Stay away from people who are sick

    · Stay home when you are sick

    The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public about novel coronavirus. The public may call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Additional information and resources may be found at www.netchd.org and www.doh.wa.gov/coronavirus.

    Sincerely,

    Richard McFarland

    Chewelah School District Superintendent

     

    FOR INFORMATION FROM THE TRI-COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT:

    NETCHD News Release Regarding COVID-19

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