March 30, 2020

Hello Southside Families,
We hope you are all doing well during this difficult time. We know that teachers are providing
a lot of materials for your kids to be working on from home. However, we wanted to provide a few interesting websites that everyone can use if you are looking for additional activities to keep kids learning.

Virtual tours of National Parks
https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/parks
Discovery Education Daily Challenge by grade band.
https://den.discoveryeducation.com/participate/dailyde
Virtual Field Trips of museums and more
https://freedomhomeschooling.com/virtual-field-trips/
NCTM Illuminations- Math Interactives for all grades. Interactives are free.
https://illuminations.nctm.org/
Khan Academy – Math, Reading, Coding, etc
https://www.khanacademy.org/
National Geographic for Kids
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Time for Kids
https://www.timeforkids.com/
Typing Club – Learn to type
www.typingclub.com
History for Kids –
https://www.historyforkids.net/
PBS Kids –
https://pbskids.org/
CoolMath – Online math games
https://www.coolmathgames.com/
The Kidz Page – Online games and puzzles
http://www.thekidzpage.com/
How Stuff Works – A website that show how autos, science, culture, and other
stuff works. Includes some games, quizzes and videos.
https://www.howstuffworks.com/
FunBrain – Learning games for multiple subjects grades K – 8
https://www.funbrain.com/
Exploratorium – San Fransico Palace of Fine Arts explore art and science in a fun
interactive way.
https://www.exploratorium.edu/
BBC History for Kids – Games, quizzes and fact sheets that take kids on a journey
through time.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
Old Farmers Almanac for Kids – Riddles, puzzles, question of the day, history,
weater, etc.
https://www.almanac.com/kids

March 17, 2020

In complying with Governor Inslee’s directive regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic,

Southside will be closed to the public beginning Thursday, March 19th through April 24th or until further notice.

Starting Wednesday, March 18, breakfast and lunch will be provided to students and community members who are 18 years and younger in a ‘grab and go’ manner from 9 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday at the following locations:

  • Bordeaux Elementary School
  • Evergreen Elementary School
  • Olympic Middle School
  • Shelton High School Union Building (SUB)

ALL SOUTHSIDE STUDENTS are welcome to receive free breakfast and lunches from these locations.

Childcare services are being offered for Mason General Hospital employees and First Responders at Mt. View Elementary School from 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Monday Through Friday. You may contact Shelly Dunnington at (360) 426-1611 ext: 28080 to register.

 All other essential Health Care Employees or First Responders may contact Doris Bolender at dbolender@southsideschool.org with your work schedules for childcare. Support may be available from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon-Fri as needed.

The Southside office will be open tomorrow March 18th from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for parents to stop by and pick up any materials for continued structure during this difficult time.

Please continue to check our website southsideschool.org frequently for updates. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we work through this challenging time together.

Stay Healthy & Take Care,

Doris Bolender

Principal/Superintendent

3-17-20 Southside Updates

March 16, 2020

Dear Southside School District families and staff,

As we all know, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to be a major issue worldwide. Last Friday, Governor Inslee closed ALL public and private schools starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through Friday, April 24, 2020.

Southside School District will be closed Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through April 24, 2020.

Meals for Students

During the school closure, meals will be provided at no charge and will include both breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday. The meals will be available to ALL students 18 and under. We have four pick-up sites which are:

  • Bordeaux Elementary School
  • Evergreen Elementary School
  • Olympic Middle School
  • Shelton High School Union Building (SUB)

Education

Our teachers have been preparing educational materials for students in the event of a school closure. These materials are not meant to be a substitute for classroom instruction. They will support students to practice their skills and learn independently during the closure. They will not be graded. Those materials will either be in the form of packets, workbooks, and other instructional materials, the use of Google Classroom, curriculum sites, or other educational materials for students to access online. These educational activities will be updated based on the duration of the school closure. Staff will update students and families via email, School Messenger, Google Classroom, and Skyward with updates to educational materials. If you do not have access to the internet or devices to allow your student to access these materials, please contact your student’s teachers or the school via email or phone for paper copies of materials.

Next Steps

We will send periodic updates with information and resources via email, district website and school messenger. Please check for updates regularly and contact us at 360-426-8437 if you have questions.

Daycare will be available for families of currently employed first responders and essential health care workers. Please contact the school if you would like to request those services.

Food service and daycare will be suspended during our usual Spring Break dates of April 6-10.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this unique historical and unprecedented situation.

Sincerely,

Doris Bolender

Principal/Superintendent

Southside School District Closure Information pdf

 

03/13/2020

Dear Southside Families,

Due to evolving factors regarding Coronavirus and mandated closures, Southside School is preparing to close school on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  As of now, our estimated return date is Monday, April 27, 2020. There will be no after school activities on Monday.

We are working to develop a plan in order to provide instructional opportunities and food services. In addition, Southside School is offering childcare for first responders and employed health care workers.  We are asking families to complete the attached survey, so we can plan accordingly. Our goal is to provide food services at designated locations currently at Southside and Shelton High School. We are also looking at loaning Chromebooks with parent/guardian permission. Intended Chromebook usage would include on-line educational activities.

We know that this is a challenging and compromising situation for families. Our objective is to work with our community to develop safe and creative solutions. We thank you for your support and patience.  Additional information will be provided on Monday.

Southside School Closure Update and Survey

3/12/2020

Dear Southside Families,

As we continue to respond to the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, Southside School District would like to share some important information with you.

A district team has developed a pandemic plan and is actively working to create guidelines for each component.

 The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) currently advises if you have a fever and cough, stay home until your fever has been gone for 72 hours. DOH defines a fever as 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and above.

Custodial staff are continuing to clean and disinfect our buildings.

Staff are continuing to stress the importance of hand washing and our school nurse has visited classrooms to reinforce proper techniques.

As we move forward, please remember the following reminders that health officials state are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.

Once again, we would like to stress the importance of staying home for 72 hours after a fever is gone at the current recommendation of Washington State Department of Health.

As this heath situation develops we want to keep you informed. Please check your email regularly for any updates.

Thank you for your continued support as we work through this together.

3/9/2020

The health and well-being of all students, staff and families is important to us. We are continuing to monitor the novel coronavirus situation. We want to reassure you we are taking every precaution to ensure that students and staff stay healthy. Washington State Department of Health and Mason County Public Health have coordinated with us to provide the most up to date information. Updates will be added as we receive them.

3/9/2020

Updates from the Washington State Department of Health and Mason County Public Health regarding Covid19 – Coronavirus. Information can be found in our Quick Links and Family Community page or Click Here