Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) has been following the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH)’s guidance related to school operations such as openings and closures.
Based on the governor’s proclamation, and the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, FWPS is closing beginning Monday, March 16 to Friday, April 24, 2020. This is to help “flatten the curve” of the rate of infection. Without these restrictions, the rate of infection would overwhelm the health care system. All schools in the district will be closed during this time. Student Led Conferences previously scheduled for March 19 and 20 are cancelled.
Friday, March 13, Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Parents, students, and staff should bring home medication and other essential personal items.
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020: Federal Way Public Schools is closed to the public. This means all school sites and central office buildings are closed.
We know this closure will have an impact on our staff, students, families and community.
Parents can anticipate weekly updates from your school principal and weekly communications from your child’s teacher. Teachers and staff will be available to you and your child via email.
Learning at Home
While Federal Way Public Schools are closed, we are partnering with families and community to support our scholars’ learning while they are home. Our approach ensures equitable learning access for ALL students. Because there are limitations to going to an online only model, we mailed 6-weeks of standards-based learning activities to ensure all students have access to essential learning and practice while schools are closed.
They should arrive at your home by Wednesday, March 25, 2020. These activities, and any additional activities your child’s teacher may offer, are for practice on concepts that students have already learned. The contents within this packet can be completed without the use of technology or online supports. They will not be collected or graded.
The purpose of this work is to provide the ability for your child to practice standards they’ve previously been taught this school year. You can support your child’s learning by doing the following:
Share the importance of studying and completing schoolwork so they do not experience a gap in learning
Provide space/location to allow for quiet practice of skills
Celebrate the completion of work
These learning activities are also accessible online in the following locations:
If you have questions or need further support related to these learning activities, please email your child’s teacher.
Children ages 18 and under have access to free meals at no cost during the school closure. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, “grab and go” meals are available through the end of school closure.
Starting April 27, 2020, the Federal Way Public Schools meal program will shift to provide five days’ worth of meals every Monday.
Reducing to a one-day meal pick-up schedule supports the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, saves on transportation time and cost for families, and helps keep our community healthy and safe.
How will the meals program work?
Meal pickup will occur on Mondays only.
One exception: Since Monday, May 25 is a holiday (Memorial Day), distribution will occur on Tuesday, May 26.
Parents may pick up a week’s worth of free meals (five breakfasts and five lunches) for their children.
New change from USDA: Parents may pick up for their children ages 18 or younger. Child does not need to be present.
All ten meals will be provided in two grocery bags to ease transportation.
The bags will come with a five-day menu to ensure the meals provide nourishment for all five days.
All meal pickup locations and times remain the same with one exception: The Westway location has moved across the street to The Norman Center.
Federal Way Public Schools school sites:
Adelaide Elementary School, 1635 SW 304th St. Federal Way WA 98023, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Decatur High School, 2800 SW 320th St. Federal Way, WA 98023, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Federal Way High School, 30611 16th Ave. S. Federal Way, WA 98003, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mark Twain Elementary School, 2450 S. Star Lake Rd. Federal Way WA 98003, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Norman Center, 33250 21st Ave. SW Federal Way, WA 98023, 1:55 – 3 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson High School, 4248 S. 288th St. Auburn, WA 98001, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Todd Beamer High School, 35999 16th Ave. S. Federal Way, WA 98003, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Twin Lakes Elementary School, 4400 SW 320th St. Federal Way WA 98023, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Appian Way, 25818 26th Pl. S. Kent, WA 98032, 12:20 – 1:25 p.m.
Camelot Square, 3001 S. 288th St. Federal Way, WA 98003, 10:45 – 11:50 a.m.
Campus View, 163 S. 340th St. Federal Way WA 98003, 1:55 – 3 p.m.
Crestview West, 27912 Pacific Hwy S. Federal Way, WA 98003, 1:55 – 3 p.m.
Enchanted Woods, 2020 S. 360th St. Federal Way, WA 98003, 10:45 – 11:50 a.m.
Encore Apartment Homes, 125 SW Campus Dr. Federal Way WA 98023, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Glen Park, 952 SW Campus Dr. Federal Way, WA 98023, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 345 S. 312th St. Federal Way WA 98003, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Kitts Corner, 1201 S. 336th St. Federal Way WA 98003, 10:45 – 11:50 a.m.
Park 16, 35703 16th Ave. S. Federal Way, WA 98003, 12:20 – 1:25 p.m.
Pavilion, 1900 SW Campus Dr. Federal Way WA 98023, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Uptown Square, 1066 S. 320th St. Federal Way WA 98003, 12:20 – 1:25 p.m.
View at the Lake, 30602 Pacific Highway S. Federal Way WA 98003, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Per Governor Inslee’s directive, FWPS is offering a childcare program during the closure for first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential service workers. For more information, email email@example.com.
All field trips and events, including sports, are cancelled during the closure.
We know there are many questions, and we will be spending the next days and weeks to respond to many of these questions. We are actively working with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to understand how this extended closure may impact the school year calendar, testing, graduation, and more.
We will continue to be proactive in communicating with parents, families and community. Updates will be provided through our automated messaging system, on our website at www.fwps.org, and on Facebook and Twitter, @FWPS210.