District Communication

April 3rd 2020

Sequim School District Families,
It has been a quick week with Spring Break not really feeling like a break. Last night Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, pushed the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” mandate to May 4th changing the already fluid timeline for us back another week. I realize this only adds more questions, and I am working diligently to acquire answers that fit for both our Sequim students. Thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate through this unprecedented time.  


Students Well-Being
It would not surprise me if your student has been struggling with some behavioral issues. This is to be expected  in children, and I encourage you to respond gently. We are all struggling with disruption in routine, none more than children, who rely on routines constructed by others to make them feel safe and to know what comes next. Expect increased anxiety, worries and fears, nightmares, difficulty separating or sleeping, testing limits, and meltdowns. Do not introduce major behavioral plans or consequences at this time—hold stable and focus on emotional connection.


Grab and GO Lunches
With this “new normal” of staying home and staying healthy in effect, I make keeping a routine high on my priority list. For many students, that routine is dictated by when they can take meal breaks. In the last week we have been able to serve over 300 meals to students both at the site locations as well as the bus routes. This number will continue to climb as we journey through this closure. Please, if you need a meal allow us to partner with you in taking care of your students.


Is your Skyward account current? 
Would you take a few moments and login to your skyward account and confirm all the information is correct? This will be an important key in contacting families and keeping students engaged in school work in the coming weeks. If you have any problems with updating your skyward please email mroragen@sequimschools.org with: your request need, your name, students name, phone number and email address. Staying connected will be KEY in the ability to see each student Thrive during this remote learning season.


Update on School Work and Grading 
In accordance with OSPI guidelines, SSD will “continue making every effort to provide seniors with meaningful learning that enables them to earn the credits required to graduate.” OSPI is also encouraging districts to utilize a Pass/Fail option for second semester in lieu of letter grades. SSD is currently determining guidelines for earning credit. Guidelines will be posted as soon as they are finalized.   

Senior Parents 
Please expect an invitation to a Virtual Zoom meeting early next week.  The topic will be graduation.  It is our desire to have some type of ceremony.  Looking forward to your input.


To say our Teachers and Staff miss your students is a vast understatement. 
Stay healthy Sequim families!

 Dr.  Rob Clark, Superintendent