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Friday Web News – August 27, 2021

Athletic Safety - The Washington State Department of Health has developed additional protocols beyond masking and social distancing which are mandatory for high contact and high aerosol indoor sports seasons to take place this school year. In order to compete, all unvaccinated athletes, coaches, trainers, and other personnel who work with athletes must engage in twice-weekly COVID-19 testing as outlined in the safety guidance developed by the Governor’s Office and Department of Health.   Anyone who tests positive will be sent home immediately to isolate. Unvaccinated athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other support personnel identified as close contacts will also need to quarantine, even if they recently had a negative test. Fully vaccinated athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other support personnel identified as close contacts will need to be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

Special Note for Athletic Events - All indoor athletic spectators, and coaches and players on the bench are required to be masked even if they are vaccinated.  There are no mask requirements for outdoor athletic events at this time.

Summer Jam was a success!  Thank you to Dr. Julie Schillreff for her leadership in planning and implementing Summer Jam.  Mr. and Mrs. Garcia cooked and served hundreds of hot dogs, hamburgers, and chips.  Many organizations were present supporting this year's Summer Jam! 

MASD is growing our own!  Ms. Hayley Strom successfully  completed her first term in a Speech and Language Pathology program and is now our certificated speech pathologist under the supervision of the Hello Foundation and her university supervisor.  Ms. Crystal Thompson who has served the students in our district as a special educator for many years has successfully completed her first term in a School Psychologist program.  We have her employed this year as the District Psychologist under the direct supervision of Ms. Ulla Whitmont, who has been part time in our district for many years.  Congratulation to Hayley and Crystal and thank you for stepping up to make a difference in the lives of students!

 Joe Garza and Custodial Team get praise at Harrah.  Mr. McCracken sent this message to Mr. Joe Garza, “At our building PD-day, we solicited feedback (needs, ideas, questions, etc.) and we received the following message: "In my 8 years here, I haven't come back to such a clean classroom!" Thank you Joe for your leadership in the maintenance department! It shows. -Rob 

Back to school video for Harrah.  Please take a look at the “back to school video” prepared by Harrah Administration.

University of Washington receives another TRIO Grant that includes MASD!  
We received this email message from the UW TRIO Director – “I want to share the great news that the University of Washington’s grant proposal for TRIO Talent Search was selected for funding.  UWETS was awarded $1,891,700 over 5 years (2021-2026) to continue our partnership with your districts.  UWETS is one of the UW’s Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s longstanding (since 1994) college access programs. Through our partnership and with this grant we serve 682 students who are first generation and low-income, and American Indian or Alaska Native in three counties: Yakima, Skagit and Snohomish.

I’ll close by thanking you for your support during the writing of this proposal. Your efforts in gathering and providing the data we needed ensured we submitted a strong proposal. This cycle’s competition was very competitive.