Friday coronavirus school closures in Puget Sound region
Friday saw a handful of school closures related to the coronavirus.
The University of Washington has announced that starting Monday, March 9, all classes and exams will be conducted remotely until the end of the quarter on March 20.
Seattle University classes and exams will also not be held in person as of Monday, March 9, through the remainder of winter quarter. Pending further announcements, courses at the School of Law will be delivered remotely and no in-person classes will be held through Friday, March 27.
Mariner High School is closed Friday after a family member of a student was diagnosed with coronavirus. The student is not showing any symptoms themselves, but will be quarantined at home and monitored for the next two weeks.
The school’s custodial team will spend Friday and the weekend deep cleaning and disinfecting buildings.
All Northshore School District schools remain closed, and could stay that way for the next couple weeks, after a Woodmoor Elementary School parent volunteer tested presumptive positive for the virus.
The district said it’ll monitor the situation and health department recommendations. Parents can expect plans to transition instruction to remote learning starting Monday. The closure affects 33 schools and over 23,000 students. Staff members trained Tuesday for remote learning.
After closing Thursday, Monroe School District schools have reopened Friday, after a pair of students at Fryelands Elementary tested negative for coronavirus.
Hazen High School remains closed, opting to shut down for the remainder of the week to investigate if anybody came into contact with an ill student. All other Renton schools remain open on regular schedules.
Eastside Preparatory in Kirkland has decided it doesn’t want to take any risks, shutting its doors through the rest of March and having its students attend class remotely.
Seattle Public Schools announced Thursday that it will keep schools open, “per Public Health recommendations.”