Happy New Year! (good riddance to 2020).
As students return to school on Monday, January 4th, and as we approach the end of the first semester (January 29th), we’re grateful that all of Deer Park’s students have been among the 15% of Washington students currently having the opportunity to access in-person instruction. We’re also proud of the fact that Deer Park School District has experienced zero cases of in-school transmission involving students. This has been the culmination of a significant amount of hard work and teamwork by everyone involved, including:
- Parents and guardians, who have been tremendous at keeping their children and siblings home when sick or when there’s been the possibility of COVID exposure. Similarly, we have been very grateful for support and understanding when students or siblings have had to be sent home due to illness or quarantined because of exposure.
- Students are consistently following distancing, masking, and hygiene requirements set out by the health department in order that our schools can remain open.
- School district staff are working incredibly hard to manage this complex learning environment and have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the inherent benefits and advantages of in-person learning and doing what it takes to keep kids coming to school.
All that said, we must remain vigilant and committed to staying the course in the months ahead. Toward that end, if your Deer Park student is participating in the hybrid model and has tested positive or had close contact with someone who has over the holiday break, please call Deer Park’s COVID Coordinator (and HR Director), Jill Christiansen at 464-5508 before sending your student back for in-person learning. Please leave a message with your student’s name, school, and your phone number. Either Mrs. Christiansen or a member of the district’s COVID Response Team will reach out to gather more information and ensure we get your student back in school safely.
Thank you to all in the Deer Park community for your commitment to our kids and your support of our schools!