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    Letter from Principal Conner
    Posted on 03/11/2020
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    For up-to-date information and additional resources, including how to stay healthy, visit the district’s coronavirus disease 2019 news announcement.


    Good afternoon parents. 

    By now you have probably heard the news that Seattle Public Schools will be closing down for, at minimum, the next 14 days.  McClure staff spent most of the day, after my initial announcement, supporting kids, maintaining our daily routines, and providing factual information to help kids understand the reasoning behind the closure.  To be clear, there are no confirmed cases of the novel Corona virus in our school nor are there currently any confirmed cases with any children in Seattle Public Schools.  At the end of the day today, I will be making the announcement I cut and pasted below. 

    My recommendation to you as parents is to:

    • Support your child in providing routines and boundaries during this time to ensure they are not gathering in big groups, disrupting the community, and also to help keep their brains working in some capacity when they are not in school. Teachers did their best today to provide what they could for enrichment opportunities but these assignments are not required, nor will they be graded and, frankly, we have not had a lot of time to prepare for this long break. 
    • Stay up to date on the news.  Help your child understand the facts and science behind this outbreak and the reasoning behind closing schools.  (I included a little bit about this in my afternoon announcement that is provided below).
    • Stay consistent with reading notices from Seattle Public Schools.
    • Continuously remind your child to wash his/her hands and do not touch his/her face.
    • Don’t panic.  It is important during a crisis that we act on facts and stay calm. 

    Also, the District will be sending out information about nutrition support for families in need soon.

    I also wanted to emphasize that the building will be closed for everyone during the school closure…even me! All staff are not expected to be working and this includes responding to emails/communication with parents, etc. 

    We look forward to welcoming your McClure student back into our school when the District, city and state and medical officials determine it is safe to do so. Stay healthy, positive and calm and remember, our collective responsibility is to help students keep this in perspective and to treat time away from school thoughtfully.

    Your sincerely,

    Shannon Conner

    Principal, McClure Middle School

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    Afternoon Announcement to Students:

    Good afternoon students.  Thank you for being calm and mature as we work through this challenging disruption to our lives. A few announcements including clarification about the end of today’s school day:

    • After the final bell, we recommend that you stop by your 1st, 2nd, & 3rd period classes to pick up potential work from teachers.
    • Ms. Klug is checking out up to 6 books per student so, if you have time, drop by the library to check out some books
    • MOST activities will be ON for this afternoon except for Bridge.
    • Most importantly, make sure that when you stop by your locker, you remove anything that might rot or go bad in your locker and take anything and everything home that you think you might need.  The building will be closed to everyone after today.
    • After the final bell, if you are not in after school activities, we would like you to vacate the building campus and courtyard within 10 minutes (by 2:40) – so please take care of your business – lockers, dropping by classrooms, visiting library, etc. within that amount of time. 

    Again, students, I cannot emphasize this enough – there is no need to panic or be scared. There are no confirmed cases of this virus in our building and no known cases of any children in Seattle Public Schools testing positive. The idea is to distance people from one another because scientifically this is the most effective way to prevent the spread for everybody. Stay safe, wash your hands, and distance yourself from big groups of people.