Dear Methow Valley Students and Parents,
It is Sunday morning and my guess is you are wondering, “Will there be school tomorrow?” At this point, the answer is “yes.” We plan to begin the new school year tomorrow, Monday, September 14th.
Here’s what we know at this time:
Current forecasts suggest favorable smoke and wind patterns developing late Sunday evening resulting in improving outdoor air quality.
Recent indoor air quality testing results (conducted last week in partnership with Clean Air Methow) indicate our HVAC system and air purifiers are working well to maintain satisfactory indoor air quality.
Public health officials have indicated support for time spent inside with small groups of socially distanced students, wearing masks in ventilated classrooms using air purifiers.
If the situation should worsen, requiring a transition to remote schooling, delays, or closure how will we be notified?
As with any event, if the situation should change, you can expect to receive updated information using multiple sources by 6:00 am. Updates will be provided using the following available sources:
- Skyward Messenger
- School Messenger
- District Website – Banner located at the top of the page
- District FB page
- Local Media – Methow Valley News, KTRT, and KOZI radio
How does the district make decisions involving delays, closures, or the transition to remote learning?
We recognize every situation presents some level of risk. While we can not eliminate all risks, we do make every effort to mitigate risk by making informed, evidence-based decisions using the best available information.
Per our current protocols involving air quality, all outdoor activities should be “limited” when the Air Quality Index (AQI) exceeds 100. All outdoor activities are “cancelled” when the AQI exceeds 150.
Will my student be able to take mask breaks?
Yes. Depending upon the conditions, mask breaks will take place outdoors or in common spaces (gym, cafeteria, commons area) where students can safely distance themselves from one another.
What if schools remain open, but as a parent, I believe it’s not safe to send my child to school?
We trust you to make a decision that you believe best ensures the safety and wellness of your child. If school remains open and you feel unsafe sending your child to school, please call the school office and report your child’s excused absence.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been evacuated, lost homes, and loved ones. We look forward to better days ahead as we work together in support of our youth and one another.
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District