UPDATE: Midway & Woodmont Schools To Re-Open Tuesday

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UPDATE: Both the Highline and Federal Way school districts decided late Monday to re-open both Midway and Woodmont Elementary Schools in Des Moines Tuesday morning, May 5th, after King County’s Public Health Department determined that it’s no longer necessary for schools to remain closed this week.

Midway will re-open at 9:15am and Woodmont at 10:15am.

Public Health has changed its recommendations for school closures based on new information about the swine flu virus, leading to the following conclusions:

  • Though it is a new virus strain, this strain of swine flu is no more severe than the common seasonal flu.
  • The virus is already widespread in the community, so closing schools will not be effective in limiting its spread.

Students scheduled to go to Camp Waskowitz will be transported to camp after school starts on Tuesday.

School will be in session regular hours Tuesday, May 5 through Thursday, May 7 (Friday is a non-student day, as previously scheduled).

An informational meeting for parents will be held Tuesday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Midway (6:30 p.m. for Spanish-speaking parents.)

The district is monitoring the situation and working closely with Public Health. For a list of resources and information from Public Health, the CDC, and Highline Public Schools, click here.

The other Des Moines school that was closed, Woodmont Elementary, will stay closed until Monday, May 11th.

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