School Closure FAQs

SWSD School Closure FAQs

South Whidbey School District is CLOSED to students from Monday, March 16th through April 24, 2020

Will the buildings be open?

The buildings will be closed to the public, students and families during the school closure to protect our staff.

Will staff still be working during this school closure?

March 16-20: During the closed week of March 16-23, the week is treated like a snow closure.  However, all staff will not be working. This week will be made up at the end of the year, just as snow days are made up.  Administration and business specialists will continue to work during this week to process this closure and change to work tasks.

March 23- April 3: All staff will be working and will be paid for their work. Hourly employee tasks may be different. A survey has gone out to all staff to assist the district with determining which jobs hourly staff will do.

April 6-10: Spring Break, treated like a typical Spring Break non-student week. Staff will not be working and childcare will not be provided during this previously scheduled break.

April 13 - 24:  All staff will be working and will be paid for their work. See above. 


Will the school year be extended into the summer?

Yes, the school year will be extended until June 19, 2020 as required by OSPI.  The rest of the days will be waived. The exact last day of instruction for students is yet to be determined. However, the updated calendar is linked here.


Are athletics and events still happening?

  • All school related events are canceled. 

  • All sports are canceled, including practices until at least April 24.


Will online schooling be available for students?

We are working on a plan to provide some level of instruction/educational support. This may be a combination of online options, materials that get distributed, etc. We are working with OSPI to determine how to move forward.


How will this affect my students grade?

The closure will not affect any students’ grades. Grades are frozen as of March 13, 2020 and will reopen for assessment when students are back in class, currently planned for April 27, 2020.  During this closure, certificated staff will be planning their lessons with the closure in mind. Teachers have provided parent resources online to help prevent regression. The teachers will not be grading assignments during this time.


How will this affect state testing?

According to Washington Superintendent Chris Reydal, all state testing is waived for 2019-2020.  


Will Seniors graduate on time?

Yes. The actual graduation ceremony date may change.  This will be determined in the coming weeks. Principal Patton will be working with seniors to assure graduation requirements are met.


Will there be food services available for students?

Grab and go meals


Will there be child care services available for students?

After a survey was sent out to our SWSD families and the respondents were each called individually, it was determined that there are no students of first responders and essential health care parents in need of district child care services.  

What other resources do parents and students have?

Local basic need resource agencies are working together to ensure families will have access to food and other needed resources throughout the pandemic - at least to the best of everyone's abilities.  We will provide updated information on our website as it becomes available. Readiness To Learn is putting together an online resource guide that includes the extended services being offered specifically due to COVID 19.  A link to the Readiness to Learn resource guide is available on our website. 


Are there resources for my student to learn from home?

Yes, please check our website that will be updated throughout the closure. On the front page of the website is a link to student tools and additional ideas for learning at home.   We are working on a variety of ways K-12 to keep teachers and students connected from narrated stories for the younger students, and updated materials posted through web pages, Google Classroom, and Google Sites for K-12.


Can I still contact my teacher during the closure?

Yes, you can still email your teacher at any time. 



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