Freeman School Closure Update
Dear Freeman Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members,
It is a difficult time for our community as parents, staff and students grapple with the impacts of the school campus closure in Freeman. During these unsettled times, the Freeman School District and our dedicated and caring staff will do everything in our power to provide stability and service to our students and families.
Freeman has been working tirelessly over recent weeks preparing for the possibility of the unfortunate decision that we would be forced to close our physical campuses. Our district plan for teaching and learning during this time will continue to be a priority for our staff. Teachers will be working Tuesday and Wednesday to develop grade level and content appropriate opportunities for our students, which we will communicate with students and families.
Additionally, access to critical services such as student meals, daycare for targeted groups, and other measures, have also been developed and will be shared in the coming days.
On Friday night we received guidance from OSPI that affirmed our preliminary plans aimed to be finalized over the coming days as we work collectively with our dedicated staff. Families and students should plan for the following activities and announcements in the coming few days:
- We will be providing free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch services for free and reduced eligible students. This service will begin on Wednesday, March 18, and continue until school campuses are allowed to re-open.
- We will be providing on-site childcare services for students ages 4 through 5th grade for medical personnel and first responders. This service is expected to begin on Thursday, March 19, and continue until schools can re-open.
Monday, March 16:
- Normal school day for staff and students. We look forward to serving your children/students and this will be a great opportunity for them to gather their belongings and clean their lockers!
Tuesday, March 17:
- Non-school day for students.
- All facilities and campuses will be closed for students and community and we will continue our deep cleaning efforts and operations.
- Freeman staff will have a professional development day and continue meeting and planning for continuity of learning for all students, preschool through 12th grade.
Wednesday, March 18:
- Freeman teaching staff will have a teacher work day to continue meeting and planning for continuity of learning for all students, preschool through 12th grade.
Thursday, March 19:
- Freeman will begin offering preschool and child care for students ages 4 – 5th grade for medical personnel and first responders. If you are medical personnel and a first responder, and need child care, please contact the Preschool and/or FES Office.
Thank you again for your patience and support as we finalize and communicate our plans to serve the educational needs of all of our Freeman students. We appreciate your flexibility as things are changing literally, by the minute. There is no doubt things look different for all of us throughout this transition time. It won’t be easy. However, I am confident and comforted by the fact that I am blessed to work with over 150 of the most caring, passionate, and dedicated employees a superintendent could ask for.
Adversity has struck our community and school district before and we know how to take a punch. We also know how to respond. Our staff, families and community came together in record speed. Although certainly not the same conditions, I have every confidence in our school community that we will rise to meet this challenge as well.
As always, I am here to answer any questions you may have.
Randy L. Russell, Ph.D.