District Communication

April 6, 2020
OSPI Default Header

REYKDAL: School Buildings Closed, But Learning Continues

Today, Governor Inslee announced that schools will be prohibited from providing traditional, in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. Below is Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement.

Superintendent Chris ReykdalOLYMPIA—April 6, 2020—In mid-March, Governor Inslee closed all public and private K–12 schools in our state through April 24. Today, he extended that directive and ordered all school buildings to close throughout the remainder of the 2019–20 school year.

We have more than 1.2 million students in our state who are impacted by this. Over 80,000 seniors may have attended their last in-person high school class without knowing it.

Just as our great-grandparents understood after two World Wars and the Great Depression, this generation will grow up knowing how to persevere in the face of challenges.

Especially during times of uncertainty, students need our support. They need grace, and structure, and routine. Even though the world may feel like it’s upside down, our students need to know that we will move forward.

These next two months will be tough. I won’t diminish that. However, learning must continue.

It will look different than we are used to. It will be more flexible, and it will evolve as we learn more and gain experience in the tools available to us.

Over the past three weeks since schools first closed, my office has worked tirelessly to provide guidance to school districts, keep the public informed, and problem-solve ways of ensuring all students in our state have access to high-quality continuous learning during this school closure.

This includes working with our congressional delegation to obtain waivers of some federal requirements in order to provide districts with much needed flexibility, as well as securing additional funding to support this continuous learning.

It includes providing school districts with a detailed framework for providing educational services during these unprecedented times, including tools and resources for overcoming inequities in access.

It also includes working with internet providers and software leaders to ensure every student and educator within the state has access to a device, home connectivity, and platforms for teaching and learning to take place.

This is not to say that moving traditional, in-person instruction to an online model is what is best for every student or every district. However, this is an unprecedented time.

This won’t be perfect. But we are a state full of dedicated, talented professionals who will continue running through walls to serve our students.

We will not let the fear of imperfection stand in our way.

For More Information

April 3rd 2020

Sequim School District Families,
It has been a quick week with Spring Break not really feeling like a break. Last night Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, pushed the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate to May 4th changing the already fluid timeline for us back another week. I realize this only adds more questions, and I am working diligently to acquire answers that fit for both our Sequim students. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate through this unprecedented time.  


Students Well-Being
It would not surprise me if your student has been struggling with some behavioral issues. This is to be expected  in children, and I encourage you to respond gently. We are all struggling with disruption in routine, none more than children, who rely on routines constructed by others to make them feel safe and to know what comes next. Expect increased anxiety, worries and fears, nightmares, difficulty separating or sleeping, testing limits, and meltdowns. Do not introduce major behavioral plans or consequences at this time—hold stable and focus on emotional connection.


Grab and GO Lunches
With this “new normal” of staying home and staying healthy in effect, I make keeping a routine high on my priority list. For many students, that routine is dictated by when they can take meal breaks. In the last week we have been able to serve over 300 meals to students both at the site locations as well as the bus routes. This number will continue to climb as we journey through this closure. Please, if you need a meal allow us to partner with you in taking care of your students.


Is your Skyward account current? 
Would you take a few moments and login to your skyward account and confirm all the information is correct? This will be an important key in contacting families and keeping students engaged in school work in the coming weeks. If you have any problems with updating your skyward please email mroragen@sequimschools.org with: your request need, your name, students name, phone number and email address. Staying connected will be KEY in the ability to see each student Thrive during this remote learning season.


Update on School Work and Grading 
In accordance with OSPI guidelines, SSD will “continue making every effort to provide seniors with meaningful learning that enables them to earn the credits required to graduate.” OSPI is also encouraging districts to utilize a Pass/Fail option for second semester in lieu of letter grades. SSD is currently determining guidelines for earning credit. Guidelines will be posted as soon as they are finalized.   

Senior Parents 
Please expect an invitation to a Virtual Zoom meeting early next week.  The topic will be graduation.  It is our desire to have some type of ceremony.  Looking forward to your input.


To say our Teachers and Staff miss your students is a vast understatement. 
Stay healthy Sequim families!

 Dr.  Rob Clark, Superintendent