• October 5, 2020 - Letter from Dr. Bausher, Grays Harbor County Health Officer

    August 25, 2020 - Letter from Dr. Bausher, Grays Harbor County Health Officer

    August 24, 2020 - Superintendent's Message to Staff:

    Dear ASD5 Staff,

    You are probably aware that there has been a spike in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Grays Harbor County. 
    The amount of local transmission ("community spread") is a key metric in Washington for determining how much in-person instruction can be offered in schools. The particular metric provided by Governor Inslee is the number of new cases per 100,000 people within a 2 week period.
    We have been experiencing a sharp increase in our county within the past 2 weeks. This increase in community spread has changed our COVID-19 risk status from "moderate" (25 to 75 new cases) to "high" (more than 75 new cases).
    Because of this, we are now in Stage 1, Level 2 of our Reopening Plan - which means we are not able to offer any in-person options for instruction at this time. 
    A great amount of planning and preparation has gone into our anticipated in-person options for PreK - 3 and special education students. These plans will continue to develop as we look forward to a decrease in community spread and a return to Stage 2, Level 3.
    We are going to begin the school year in a 100% distance only format, consistent with Stage 1, Level 2. We will be monitoring the local transmission rates regularly, and will provide at least a week's notice before any change in the format.
    In closing, I'd like to acknowledge the incredible amount of work that has gone into preparing for in-person instruction in our district. When the time comes, we will be ready.
    Many thanks to you all for your patience and flexibility in these times of so much uncertainty.
    Sincerely, Alicia
    Level 2