Our state of Washington is taking bold and aggressive actions to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced an updated order on March 13 to close all K-12 public and private schools statewide for six weeks, starting from Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, April 24. School is expected to resume Monday, April 27.
This school closure announcement impacts all 19 schools in the Seventh-day Adventist school system in western Washington.
Your local Adventist school will be making arrangements immediately to close down all in-person education for all students to transition to online school campuses. Students are permitted to attend school on Monday, March 16, and organize themselves for distance learning.
Closure of schools will place a hardship on working parents. Parents may want to consider networking with fellow school parents to share distance learning supervision and childcare responsibilities.
Preparing for Online Learning: All Washington Conference teachers are being asked to invest themselves into the work of delivering distance learning to students during this period of closure. Teachers are still on the clock to give your student instruction and to continue to give your student an academic advantage.
If your student does not have access to a computer or internet, please talk with your child's teacher to make arrangements.
Next Steps Coming Soon: Right now, the Education department is working on consolidating several offers we have from vendors regarding support for distance learning.
Educators will be receiving a list of guidelines early next week for available resources, distance learning hours, subject matter, and mandatory minimums. Principals will have more information to share soon with parents about next steps in online Adventist education.
It is important to remember that we are all in this together.
We are all in uncharted waters, but we serve a Lord that knows the beginning and the end. Remember these words from the founder of our educational system: “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 gives us this reassurance: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
We will be praying intensely for all of our schools during this time. We’ll get through this pandemic one day at a time as we trust God, work together, and continue making positive everyday choices for good health, wellness and safety.
Published March 12, 5 pm
Revised March 13, 3:45 pm