Shelton's Update

Update

Community Update
Posted on 10/05/2021
Community UpdateShelton School District Families, Staff, and Community Members,

We are very appreciative to have our students back on campus. Our top priority is to our students and it is wonderful to have them in person as we work together to provide a safe, welcoming, and rigorous learning environment.

Many of you have brought forward questions regarding the Governor’s mandate. As a reminder, the mandate requiring all employees in K-12 education to be fully vaccinated by October 18th came directly from Governor Inslee in partnership with multiple state agencies. It is our duty as a school district to uphold this mandate and related requirements.

Please keep in mind that students have a right to attend public school and it is our obligation to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for them, including over 100 students in the district who are immunocompromised. It is a great privilege to work in our education system to unconditionally serve all students who walk through the doors of our schools.

Since the mandate was announced on August 18th, the district has been working with staff members to both comply and adjust as necessary. This includes collecting vaccination verifications, reviewing religious and medical exemption requests, meeting with individuals to discuss possible accommodations, and sending out frequent communications to staff members. Accommodations have been granted to staff members who can meet the major responsibilities of their current position while upholding the health and safety standards for them and those they work around.

It is understood that the choice to get vaccinated is personal, and unfortunately, we will lose valued employees because of this mandate. As of today, we are still receiving verification of vaccinations from employees. This information is critical in determining our staffing needs and will allow us to apply designed options that are the best fit to support in-person learning for students.

Over the next two weeks, we will be working with each school’s leadership team to finalize any necessary shifts in classroom configurations and/or daily schedules. By Wednesday, October 13th, schools will communicate any updates to their in-person learning plan.

It is very unfortunate the pandemic is pressing on government agencies, school districts, and health care organizations to enforce requirements that are so divisive, but we must keep the education and well-being of our students at the forefront.

This is not an easy time for anyone and we appreciate our parents, guardians, employees, and community members, for the dedication you have shown to our students as we work together to safely uphold in-person learning.

Sincerely,
Wyeth Jessee, Superintendent

 
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The Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Linda Arnold, Executive Director of Human Resources. 360-426-1687. 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584. Complaint procedure can be found on this website under Board Policy #3210 (students) and #5010 (employees).

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