School Closure Update

Important Information

Link: CDC Prevention Information

En escuelas de grados kínder a doce: Una guía para padres


March 19, 2020 COVID-19 Closure Update from Administrators & Teachers

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The COVID-19 health threat is extremely fluid and we know the uncertainty can be unsettling.  Thank you again for your continued patience as we plan and respond to this unprecedented school closure to protect public health.   We are in close communication with health officials and State government officials and will continue to update you as this difficult situation unfolds.

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone. Our teachers are eager to support our students as quickly as possible, but it’s important to understand that we are very limited by state and federal policy in how we can provide instruction during this closure.  As we wait for guidance from the State and Federal government, we know you want to keep your child learning during the State mandated closure.  We have compiled a list of online resources that are located on the district website.

Our teachers and staff will be communicating with you and your child on how they can support you in this challenging time.  It is especially important during times of uncertainty that your child maintain a connection with their teacher and school. Our educators have and will continue to create learning engagement materials while schools are closed. The materials do not replace the experience of being in school but can help students maintain the learning that has taken place this school year.

  • Web-based materials: A comprehensive set of learning engagement materials can be found here and will be emailed to families and shared using the Class Dojo or other outlets.  Students and their families can select materials to explore while at home. 
  • Print materials: For families that do not have consistent access to the internet, a set of learning materials has been printed as “packets.” These packets are available March 20 from 12:00-2:00 at our school’s office.  If you are unable to pick up packets during this time, they will be available at our food distribution sites at Chimacum Creek Primary and at the Chimacum Junior/Senior High School from 9:00-11:00.  
  • Continued development of learning engagement materials: To prepare teachers to support students during the closure, all teachers participated in a two day-long training this week to enhance their knowledge and skills for using digital tools for creating and making available learning engagement materials.  We are planning to offer remote learning if and when the State and Federal government gives us guidance to do so. While each teacher may communicate with families differently, you should expect to receive communication from your student’s teacher weekly.
  • Survey:  Please complete our survey to let us know which method of communication you prefer, if you are interested in checking out a District computer for your child to use at home during the closure, and what other supports we can help you access during this time.


Thank you again for your support as we navigate this challenging and developing public health issue.

Chimacum School District Administrators & Teachers



March 18, 2020 Message from Superintendent Rick Thompson

Dear families:  We recognize how difficult this time is, and I want to provide you with information about the activities taking place in the Chimacum School District.


Food Service

Beginning this Thursday, March 19, we will have two locations for nutritious meals. 

Food can be picked up at Chimacum Creek Primary School and at the Junior/Senior High campus between 9:00 and 11:00 AM. 

Students need to be present to pick up food.

Beginning March 23, we will post times and locations for delivery of food to your neighborhood.

  • No forms are required to receive food
  • Breakfast and lunch will take place in the same delivery
  • Ages 0 to 18 are eligible

Thank you to Margaret Garrett for her leadership, and to our community partners for helping the district with resources.


Child Care for First Responders and health care workers

Are you a family member of someone working in the medical field or someone who is a first responder?  We would like to hear from you. 

Please call (360) 302-5891 if you the district can help support your childcare needs.  We need to know the age of the child, the dates and times you need help. 


Learning Opportunities

This week our staff will have some training to discuss educational resources and to learn more about how we can provide instruction in a fair and equitable manner to our students.  Many excellent websites are coming to our attention.  We know some staff have already created packets for students to work on.  Some of the best advice we have received is for you to help your child with a routine at home.  Home can look a lot like school if you develop times to connect with teachers and to provide interesting activities.  The key here is to keep your student engaged with activities which help them maintain the skills and knowledge they have already learned this year.  I am  hoping we will get more direction from the state later this week. 


Make up Days

A lot of families want to know if school will be extended into the summer. The last day of school which we know so far will be June 19, 2020. Spring Break is still scheduled for April 6 to 10.  The Chimacum School District will continue to work with our bargaining units to detail all the dates for the remainder of the year.

I want to share some great information from Representative Kilmer: 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.  For information specific to health care, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.  These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.
Resources for you and your family
Make sure you are getting your information from official sources. The CDC has put together a comprehensive resource guide at and you can find some of those resources here.

What You Should Know

Situation Updates

Information For

Washington State Resources:

Businesses – For information on financial assistance (including SBA loans); export assistance; employer and worker assistance; insurance assistance check here:  Get resources for impacted businesses and workers

Schools – For updates on school closures and information and guidance for parents Visit the OSPI COVID-19 webpage

Insurance – For Washingtonians without health insurance: the Washington Health Benefits Exchange opened a limited-time special enrollment period through April 8, 2020.  Enroll for health insurance

Veterans – For information about state veterans’ homes Visit the WA Dept. of Veterans Affairs webpage


Prevention of Spread



  • Washington State Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-800-525-0127 and press #


I will keep in touch,

Rick Thompson

Superintendent | Chimacum School District
360-302-5896 /



School Closure update from Superintendent Rick Thompson, sent to Families:  Monday, March 16, 2020

Hello Chimacum Families:

Great to see our staff and students here today, on Monday, March 16. We will be open all day today.

State information about the virus for parents and a bulletin about K-12 education:

Today will be our last day for several weeks, as school will not be back in session until Monday, April 27, at the earliest.  We know this is a stressful time, and that having this kind of a change in routine will take some getting used to and will take the commitment and cooperation of the whole community.

Here is our plan so far, and as details become more available over the course of next week, we will share them with you.

  • We will not be having athletics, clubs, or activities during the closure.
  • We will not be renting facilities during this time.
  • District administrators and staff are exploring educational options for students.
  • Seniors who are scheduled to graduate in June will be a high priority for support and communications.  
  • We have been working on a food program for both breakfast and lunch, and the locations for food will be announced by the end of the week.  Students aged 0 to 18 will be able to participate without any forms needed, but students will need to be present to pick up meals.
  • We are trying to create childcare support for families of those in the medical community and for first responders.  Please let us know if you are in the medical community, or are a first responder and need help with childcare by calling (360) 302-5891.
  • Each school office will be open until Friday, March 20, so students can pick up any personal belongings and medication.
  • The District office will remain open on regular hours.

The next school board meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 in the library.  We ask you to practice personal hygiene and social distancing if you attend the meeting.  If there are any changes to the board meeting format, I will inform you in a timely way.

I look forward to meeting the challenges of this time with our great staff and our strong families.

Thank you,

Rick Thompson

Superintendent | Chimacum School District



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