Fall 2020

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November 23, 2020


Dear South Whidbey Staff, Students and Families,


The holiday season is upon us. Typically. It is a time to gather, share and be merry. It still is a time to reflect and be grateful.

This year has been challenging and I am grateful to work with an amazing team of teachers and staff who are doing their best to meet the needs of students and families.


We are currently serving about 150 students in a face to face, hybrid model several days per week. This includes Kindergarten, students with special needs and other highly impacted students. We have succeeded in moving forward without having to stop or reverse.


On November 18th, the Board met during their business meeting (agenda and minutes linked here) and reviewed our current status and the current rate of disease in our area. They decided to continue what we are doing and review again in January.


In addition to the Governors recent mandates, he also issued a travel advisory. For the safety of everyone we ask for your compliance. 


ADDITIONALLY, as a reminder, a travel advisory for all non-essential travel, issued on November 13, 2020, remains in effect. That advisory provides the following guidance:

(1) Persons arriving in Washington from other states or countries, including returning Washington residents, should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household; and (2) Washingtonians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.


We know that this situation is very difficult for families. The district and community have resources to offer for assistance. These include:

We are continuing our equity work at South Whidbey School District. At the last board meeting, the Board adopted a land acknowledgement. We are continuing the dialogue with our students represented by South Whidbey High School United Student Leaders.  Next week, we have our second teacher equity training with Erin Jones. 


This year, for some of us, we need to reach deep to find the merriment of the holidays that we traditionally expect to come. I hope that everyone can find this happiness in the faces of loved ones (including our pets that depend on us). We live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. If the rain stops, step outside and breathe the fresh air. Write a memoir/journal of this year to document for future generations how 2020 affected you. How did you survive? What were your practices? What did you lose? Gain? Learn? Do? And not do?


We are all in this together



Dr. Jo Moccia
(pronouns: she/her)
South Whidbey School District
360-221-6808 x2245


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