Message from the Superintendent 3/27/20

Letter from Superintendent 3/27/20
Posted on 03/27/2020
Superintendent writing a Letter

March 27, 2020 

Dear Pioneer School District family:  

We hope you are well and we want our students and families to know how much we miss them.  We are all doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Although Governor Inslee ordered schools to close through April 24, education must continue.

Our approach to fulfilling this need will be based on compassion, communication, and common sense. We hope to support the creation of new routines that will support Pioneer students’ continued learning and emotional well-being.

We have an obligation to find ways to connect with all of our students and engage them in continuous learning. 

As we move forward, we will keep students at the center of our work. We will develop a schedule for students that balances time to think, work, and rest. We will partner with you on these efforts and keep you informed. 

Our methods of communication and continuous learning may include phone calls, emails, printed materials, and other technological avenues. Each student and family has a unique circumstance and we will constantly review and refine how we engage our students. 

We are facing an unprecedented challenge full of uncertainty. We are trying new things to support our community and we are learning from each other.  We would like to start making Chromebooks available to our students for pick up.  This is planned to start next week.  Also, we are re-working our nutrition service model to include food being brought out to specific locations throughout our district starting Wednesday, April 1.  This will be in lieu of the Elementary School Grab-n-Go format we have been using.  Information related to both of these changes are forthcoming. And one more thing, engagement packets are being offered for pick up by grade level during Monday’s Grab-n-Go for any student who needs them.  They are available for the asking.  

As we go through with these system changes, I’m sure we won’t get everything right, but we are trying our best. This is a stressful situation, but know you are not alone. We’re are all in this together, this too shall pass. 


John Gummel, Superintendent
Pioneer School District