Superintendent Update on School Closures

Superintendent Update on School Closures
Posted on 04/06/2020

April 6, 2020

Dear UPSD Parents and Guardians:

It is with sadness that I report to you that Governor Inslee announced today that all schools in Washington State will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.  While we understand that this drastic step is necessary to save lives and protect our health, we also know that keeping schools closed is disruptive to families and is harmful to student learning.  We are especially sorry for our seniors who will miss out on important milestones and memories due to this unprecedented closure.

We remain committed to doing all we can to provide the right level of academic support for students. The partnership between parents and teachers aimed at helping students continue learning from home has never been more important.  Academic support and communications will resume next week.  Please be sure to contact us if you need help accessing or using technology, getting necessary school materials and/or connecting to the Internet.  We want to help.

Today’s announcement creates new and urgent questions for all of us. Many of these questions involve seniors and students in grades 8-11 who are earning credits toward graduation.  The State Board of Education will approve emergency rules later this week and we will send out information about grades, credits and graduation requirements once we know more.  Expect more guidance on these important topics next week.

Thank you all for your patience, support and understanding during this very difficult time.  Continue to send us your questions and concerns and do not hesitate to contact us if we can help in any way as you navigate this challenging situation. Our district team will be here to support UPSD families until things are back to normal. 

Be well and safe,

Jeff Chamberlin