MCS campus to remain closed through the end of the school year

UPDATE:
April 6, 2020
MCS will follow state orders and remain closed, as directed by Gov. Inslee, for the remainder of the school year. Remote learning will be in effect until June 19th, 2020.


March 13, 2020

Dear Country School Community,

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Inslee issued a proclamation closing all schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. In addition, he included Bainbridge Island School district and others bordering the three counties. MCS will remain closed through April 24, 2020. We will be open on Monday and Tuesday if you would like to stop by and collect any personal items from lockers and cubbies.

This afternoon, you will receive an email from the classroom teachers outlining their plans for the coming weeks. This information will also be on the classroom pages of the parent portal. We will continue working throughout this closure and you can expect to hear from us regularly.

In addition, we will be extending our school year and holding the final day of school on June 18th, with our Kinder graduation and all-school picnic on June 19th. 

I am struggling with my own feelings of frustration, sadness, and worry, and I know that many of you are feeling the same. One consolation for me is the hope that our aggressive actions will flatten the curve of this deadly virus. For that reason, we strongly encourage everyone to take the social isolation imperative seriously. Children are not in the high risk category, but they can be carriers and as such can unwittingly spread the virus.

As a school that values close and personal connections, we are working hard to support our relationships during this time of distance. The following quote from Rabbi Rav Yosef Kanevsky strikes me as helpful:

“Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.”

My best,
Meghan

Head of School