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Moses Lake School District to cancel school related indoor activities in response to COVID-19


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- Moses Lake, WA


The Moses Lake School District has decided to cancel all upcoming indoor activities in the district including indoor sports related activities.


In an email sent out to all district staff and MLHS Students the district stated,

"The health and safety of our students, staff and community members will always come first. As part of our prevention efforts for COVID-19 and under the advisory of the Grant County Health District, we are implementing new social distancing precautions."

Classes will continue across the district with assemblies and chief madness night being canceled along with canceling sadies later this month.


The cancellation specifically impacts:


● All non-school organized indoor activities

● Public meetings

● Public events/functions (dances, plays, concerts, parent nights, banquets)

● Use of the Moses Lake High School Pool & Swim Lessons

● Athletic/extracurricular indoor practices

● Athletic/extracurricular indoor competitions

● Community groups (youth sports organizations, churches, non-profits)





Below is the full email sent out by the MLSD Superintendent


March 12, 2020

Dear Moses Lake School District students, parents, staff, and community:


The health, safety, and well-being of our students and our community are of paramount importance to the Moses Lake School District. It is important to reiterate, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in


Moses Lake OR the Moses Lake School District at this time. However, due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus to our region, the Grant County Health District has advised schools and other organizations to practice social distancing and to consider postponing public events, gatherings, and functions.


In response to the updated guidance, the Moses Lake School District has made the decision to cancel all indoor sports, events, concerts, and meetings involving the public. The cancellation includes community-use of all school district facilities. The mandate begins Friday, March 13th and

adjourns Sunday, April 12th, unless otherwise notified.


Outdoor events and athletics will not be affected by cancellations at this time. External groups and clubs will be contacted directly by our Community Schools Office to reschedule or postpone their event. Additionally, out-of-district travel will be significantly reduced to eliminate the risk of exposure for our students and staff. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it evolves and as more information

becomes available.


The cancellation specifically impacts:

● All non-school organized indoor activities

● Public meetings

● Public events/functions (dances, plays, concerts, parent nights, banquets)

● Use of the Moses Lake High School Pool & Swim Lessons

● Athletic/extracurricular indoor practices

● Athletic/extracurricular indoor competitions

● Community groups (youth sports organizations, churches, non-profits)


We recognize the inconvenience and impact that this decision has on the community; however, this action will contribute significantly to the region-wide effort to mitigate social contact and minimize the spread of the illness, aims to reduce potential exposure of our school communities to visitors that may have been exposed to COVID-19, allows us to conserve our resources (cleaning supplies, necessary staff, etc.) to ensure educational operations remain normal for as long as possible.



Information on COVID-19 changes daily, however, our schools will remain open. We work directly with state, regional, and local epidemiologists, doctors, and other public health officials to make the most informed decision for our students, staff, families, and community members. Currently, the Department of Health is not recommending that schools proactively close–we need to do our best to remain open for students to continue learning.


The COVID-19 virus, transmitted by direct contact, has the greatest impact on adults over the age of 60 and those with compromised immune systems. People at higher risk and those exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should stay home, avoid close contact with others, and avoid large groups of people as much as possible.


We are taking steps to ensure that our school facilities are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized regularly. We have also taken proactive measures to minimize the spreading of germs through our student meal program and continue to encourage students and staff to regularly wash their hands with soap and water throughout the day. We appreciate your patience as we navigate the daily challenges presented by COVID-19. The Moses Lake


School District plays a vital role in limiting the spread of this virus, and we feel this precaution is necessary to reduce possible exposure given the information and recommendations at this time. Updates and resources will continue to be available on our website: mlsd161.org.

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