March 13, 2020
Manson Staff, Families and Community,
We have kept our schools open as long as possible, as recommended by state and local public health authorities. At 1:35 p.m. today, Governor Inslee issued an executive order closing all schools until at least April 24. All Manson School District schools will close to students, effective Tuesday, March 17. Monday, March 16 is the last day of school, including athletics, activities and clubs. School offices will remain open through Friday, March 20 so families can pick up their student’s medication.
We know some families will want to keep their children home on Monday March 16, however we encourage students to attend as we’ll be preparing them for some aspects of the distance learning that will follow in the coming weeks. Staff will also be prepared to support students who have questions or are experiencing anxiety with these dramatic events.
The school day is the centerpiece of the lives of many people and we understand that extended school closure will create hardship. Children count on the reliable routine that a school day offers. Families, too, count on that routine and the knowledge that their children are cared for during the day.
Contemplating weeks without that structure and care may seem overwhelming. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us through this time.
Our school district staff are committed to helping our community’s families through this challenging time. Even as I type we are developing plans and thinking how we can help families with issues like food, childcare and of course continuing educational programs for of our children. As these plans are developed we will share how they will be implemented. Our goal is to begin at least some of this support by March 23rd. If we can begin sooner, we will.
The Manson School District will be sending frequent updates with information and resources via text messages, website and social media channels. Another update will be provided on Monday, March 16th. We are so grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. Please contact your child’s school or the Manson School District Office if you have any additional questions.
Matt Charlton, Superintendent
Manson School District