You can reach the Family Support Team by emailing
Principal, Experimental Education Unit
You can reach the Family Support Team by emailing
Hello EEU Families,
Seattle Schools has just announced that schools will be closed for a minimum of 14 days starting Thursday, March 12th.
FROM SEATTLE SCHOOLS:
We have been following the guidance of Public Health Seattle & King County and implementing preventive and responsive strategies, but in light of Governor Inslee’s request that all citizens practice measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, it is now time for the district to act swiftly. Starting tomorrow, Thursday March 12, Superintendent Denise Juneau and the Seattle School Board will close Seattle Public Schools for a minimum of 14 days as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently guides. This necessary action is an effective way to disrupt widespread infection. Beginning Thursday, March 12, all school building activities including school day instruction, childcare, health services, enrichment, etc. are canceled until further notice.
I will continue to provide you updates as information becomes available. On behalf of the Haring Center and EEU staff I want to say that our hearts are with all our children and families. We know that disruption in services is extremely challenging for families and we hope to be back in session as soon as possible.
FROM SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS:
On March 10, an Aki Kurose Middle School staff member was lab confirmed with COVID-19. In an abundance of caution, Aki Kurose Middle School will be closed until further notice. We are working directly with Public Health Seattle and King County and will follow Public Health’s recommendations when making decisions to reopen the school. Disinfectant and cleaning of the building and learning spaces will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.
The Experimental Education Unit (EEU) and the Haring Center remain open at this time. I will continue to provide any updates as they become available
EEU Families and Staff,
The EEU and Haring Center remain open. We continue to work in partnership with Public Health, the University of Washington, Seattle Public Schools, and the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). To date, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Seattle Public Schools or at the EEU. If a Seattle Public school has a community member who is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a medical professional, that building will close. This includes the EEU.
The EEU and Seattle Schools share the goal to keep our doors open as long as possible while prioritizing the health and safety of our students, families and staff.
We continue to ask for your help in keeping our community healthy and safe. We ask that children, families and staff members stay home if they are sick and consult medical professionals. In addition to postponing all activities outside of school hours, we have suspended all school tours and trainings until further notice to limit the number of people entering the building.
While we are open and here to provide education and support, we also respect and honor every family’s ability to make the best decision for their child and family about participating at the EEU with the current health and safety concerns. We will not question a family’s decision to keep a child home and only ask that you let your teacher or the front office know your child will be absent.
In addition to these updates, we wanted to provide additional resources regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have found the following handouts very helpful:
These handouts have also been translated into several different languages and can be accessed using the links below:
We appreciate your continued support and patience as we do our best to address the health and safety concerns of our community. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. Thank you.
We will continue to keep you updated on coronavirus as things develop at the EEU, Seattle Public Schools, and the University of Washington. That said, there have been a few developments over the past few days:
We would like to assure you that we are working with the University of Washington, Seattle Public Schools, the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and all of our partner agencies in order to be as prepared as possible to protect the health of our EEU community. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 in Seattle Public Schools or the University of Washington community, including the EEU and Haring Center. The work we are doing here includes encouraging our staff and visitors to monitor their own health, practice good hygiene, and stay home if feeling sick. We are monitoring the health and attendance of our students and staff and planning for any potential changes that would need to be put in place in an effort to minimize the spread of the disease should we have any exposures. In addition, we continue our current cleaning practices using the King County Public Health recommended bleach solutions to clean all surfaces in our classrooms and bathrooms as well as the toys used in the classrooms. We have also been reviewing proper hand-washing with our kids and praising their efforts to keep our community healthy.
Following are some guidelines from the CDC and Seattle King County Public Health:
When to seek medical evaluation and advice
While the number of cases is increasing, the vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. If you or a family member has symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular medical provider. Public Health recommends not going to the emergency room unless there is a critical need. Public Health also recommends seeking medical advice if you are over 60 and have an underlying medical condition.
How to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Coronaviruses, including COVID-19, spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughing or sneezing. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. The same good health habits that prevent other viruses like the flu, also prevent the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the risk of getting sick:
These prevention steps are critical to keeping our community healthy, so we are also reinforcing with our staff and the kids the importance of handwashing, coughing into your elbow, and staying home with any fever or illness. You can help by reinforcing these steps as well.
As things are changing rapidly, we will continue to stay in touch as new information becomes available and if we need to made any adjustments to our school schedule.
If you would like additional information on what is happening in our area and ways to stay healthy or address concerns, please visit the Seattle King County Public Health website at:
We know that families, staff and visitors to the EEU are worried and we are committed to keeping you informed and working with you to keep our EEU community safe,
EEU Health and Safety Team
We are currently looking for individuals interested in working hourly in our preschool and kindergarten programs during spring 2020.
Gina Bunster passed away last week. Gina was an EEU alumni parent who gave so much of herself to the EEU community. She was an advocate not only for her boys here at the EEU, but truly for all children. She was an incredibly active member of our family council, but most importantly, Gina was a wonderful partner, mother and friend. Gina always shared herself with the community. She shared her deep passion for inclusion and her love for gardening and baking. Gina also gave back to the field of early intervention. Gina was working at Northwest Center as part of an amazing team supporting young children and families with disabilities. Gina was an essential part of our community and we are going to feel the impact of this loss.
Our hearts go out to Gina’s family. The world has lost a fierce advocate for inclusion and wonderful person.
Hello EEU Families,
The following message is specific to families who have children with an IEP (receiving special education services) who would like to apply for the EEU preschool or kindergarten for the 2020-2021 year.
Seattle Public Schools is running the EEU admissions through the district Open Enrollment process. However, the forms are a little confusing. Please see the specific directions and links below:
If you have a child who will be in preschool during the 2020-2021 year and would like to attend the EEU please use the district pdf form: EEU Preschool/Kindergarten School Choice Form. This form allows you to be in the preschool lottery for the EEU. You can use the submit button on the form or print and email it to: email@example.com (DUE by February 14th)
If you have a child who will be in kindergarten during the 2020-2021 year and you would like to attend the EEU AND you DO NOT intend to apply for other Seattle Public Schools, please use the district pdf form: EEU Preschool/Kindergarten School Choice Form. This form allows you to be in the kindergarten lottery for the EEU ONLY. You can use the submit button on the form or print and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org (DUE by February 14th)
If you have a child who will be in kindergarten during the 2020-2021 year and you would like to attend the EEU AND you DO want to apply for other Seattle Public Schools, please use the district pdf form: Kindergarten Choice Form. This form allows you to be in the kindergarten lottery for the EEU and lotteries for other Seattle Public Schools. You MUST download this form and hand write “EEU” as an option because it does not appear as a choice in the drop-down menu. The form MUST be emailed to: email@example.com (DUE by February 14th)