COVID-19 prompts NKSD to halt after school activities, sports

In a letter sent out to district families Wednesday, North Kitsap School District Superintendent Laurynn Evans announced that the district would be suspending all after school activities, evening events and athletics “at least through spring break.”

The preventative measures take effect Thursday, March 12 and coincides with a closure of NKSD facilities to outside groups. The NK pool will also be closed during this time. In her letter, the superintendent noted that the district had yet to identify any cases of COVID-19 among students and staff. Instruction at all district schools will continue as scheduled.

“This is a very difficult time and there is no easy path,” Evans said in her letter to families. “Please know that we are doing our best with the information we have, at a time when the information is changing quickly. I am committed to ensuring that our school community and greater North Kitsap community is continually updated on this situation and how it affects our schools.”

The announcement falls on the heels of an announcement by the Bainbridge Island School District that it would be suspending school for all district students on Thursday and Friday in order for the district to prepare for the possibility of a long term closure due to COVID-19.

Earlier this week two Bainbridge Island residents in their 60s and 70s tested positive for the virus. The two cases were reportedly “linked” according to the Kitsap Public Health District, although health officials have kept a tight lid on any details about the patients and the nature of their connection.