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Frequently Asked Questions

We recognize the significant impact this extended closure has on our entire community, students, families, and staff. Closing Wenatchee School District (WSD) for a for the rest of the year is unprecedented. We acknowledge the anxiety this may cause our students, especially our seniors who are focused on graduation and those students who depend on WSD for critical services. We also recognize the burden this will place on our staff and working families.

WSD is in regular contact with local and state officials to ensure we address the needs of our school communities and we will be working in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) on what this extended closure means for the school year calendar. As soon as we have more information, we will share it with you both here on our FAQ page and through other methods.

Why are schools closed? 

Following Governor Inslee’s emergency proclamation to close all schools in Washington State, Wenatchee Public Schools will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17 through June. 

School offices will be closed to the public but will be available by phone Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 3:30 PM.
The District Office will also be closed to the public but is available by phone Monday - Friday from the 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM at (509) 663-8161.

What about graduation? 

Our staff is working on alternative arrangements to honor and recognize the achievements of the Class of 2020. More information will be made available on what graduation and other special traditions and ceremonies will look like in the weeks ahead.

Didn't the Governor just announce that some students could re-enter schools? 

Per the Governor’s directive, during mandatory closures, school districts are prohibited from providing in-person educational, recreational, and other K–12 school programs using their school buildings and facilities. Districts will not be prevented from using their facilities to provide child care, for individual staff to remotely lead or develop content for professional learning or staff meetings, to hold Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, to provide direct services to individual students, or for other activities deemed essential and necessary by the district administration. If districts determine that the use school facilities to provide educational services is essential and necessary under state or federal law, the following guidelines must be followed: 
1. Consistent with the timeline of the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy directive, no group meetings of staff, including for professional learning or staff meetings, should occur. School districts should utilize online, phone, or other alternatives to address this need.
 2. Facilities should only be used for providing direct services to individual students where there is no alternative for the service delivery and both the service is necessary and essential AND the use of the facility is both necessary and essential. This is expected to be an unusual occurrence. 
3. Facilities are not to be used for providing direct services to groups of students. 
4. Any gatherings within school facilities must comply with applicable social distancing directives and health guidelines. Districts must continue to monitor and implement guidance from state and local health officials

How will meals be served during the extended closure?

During the statewide mandated school closure, Wenatchee School District will continue to provide meals, free of charge to all children ages 0-18. 

The District’s Nutrition Services department will distribute pre-packaged breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 1 PM at the following school locations during the extended closure: 

Meal Distribution Sites

  • Columbia Elementary 
  • Lincoln Elementary 
  • Mission View Elementary
  • Sunnyslope Elementary 
  • Washington Elementary 
  • Foothills Middle School 
  • Orchard Middle School 
  • Wenatchee High School 

Meals can be obtained via drive-up and pick-up methods at school locations. Complete balanced breakfast and lunch items will be combined and packaged children to pick up and take home. 

Meals will be free and available for any child, whether they are a student in our district or not. Children must be present to receive meals. Student ID numbers/cards are not needed to receive a meal. Children cannot stay at the school to eat the meals because of social distancing guidance from state and local health agencies. 

Mobile Meal Service

Prepackaged breakfast and lunch will be delivered by school employees to designated spots along bus routes in the outer regions of the district’s service area and in identified high-need areas within the city.  Mobile meal delivery will begin on Monday, March 23 and will continue through the closure. Meals will be delivered Monday - Friday, 11 AM - 1 PM and are available to any child ages 0-18. District staff will deliver meals using motor pool vans and suburbans.

Click here for a map of delivery locations and times. Addressed and drop off locations are clickable on the PDF map and will take you to a google map. Locations are subject to change based upon need.

More information on meal services for children during the closure is available on wenatcheeschools.org or by calling Nutrition Services at (509) 662-9345.

For more information on the continuation of services during the state-mandated closure is available on the District’s website wenatcheeschools.org/updates

Access for All:
If you are unable to access one of our meal sites or leave your home please contact our WSD Nutrition Services Office at (509)662-9345 so we can assist you in getting meals for your children.

Questions:
WSD Nutrition Services Office at (509) 662-9345

Are spring athletics over?

The WIAA has received clarification that the order issued by Governor Inslee on Monday, April 6th includes the cancellation of all in-person extracurricular athletics and activities through the end of the school year. This will include all regular season contests and practices as well as all postseason tournaments and championship events.

Are school playgrounds open?

District playgrounds are closed as a measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Will the District provide online or distance learning during an extended school closure?

In OSPI’s most recent guidance to school Districts regarding the continuation of learning, schools have been directed to continue building capacity to provide equitable services during school closure.

What is continuous learning?
Continuous learning is the ability to continue education while at home through the availability of online educational materials – lessons, activities videos, physical and outdoor activity suggestions.

Teachers will begin the process of providing continuous online learning activities the week of April 13th.

Instruction will be very different as it is impossible to replicate the instruction and learning that happens at school. Kindergarten through second-grade students will need support at home from an adult or older sibling to complete the learning activities. Third through twelfth-grade students should be able to be more independent.

How Online Learning Will Work
The primary method of continuous learning will be online using various district approved tools (Google Classroom, Class DoJo, FlipGrid, etc). Students will need their school district Google login to access the learning activities through our website at bit.ly/wsdlearningresources. K-5 contact your child’s teacher if your student does not know their district Google login. If digital continuous learning activities are turned in, teachers may provide feedback, but they will not be graded.

How will students with disabilities be served during the closure?

Please view the latest guidance from OSPI on how the Provision of Services to Students with Disabilities During School Facility Closures for COVID-19

Where can I find learning resources to help my student(s) continue learning?

Although schools are closed and are not providing traditional in-person instruction, we believe that education must continue. The following educational resources are available to support at-home learning for families. These materials and resources are supplemental and intended to keep students connected to their learning.

Online educational resources list 

Educational resource bags and packets
A huge amount of effort has gone into the logistics of preparing materials for distribution to students and families. We want to recognize the hard work and care that our Learning and Teaching, Special Programs, Family Advocates and many more have dedicated to making this happen. 

Bags and/or packets of optional educational materials are available for pick up at all schools except Valley Academy, WestSide High School and WV Tech, Pioneer, Newbery and Lewis & Clark Monday-Friday from 11 AM - 1 PM. All grade level packets will be available at each school. We will continue to update and refresh the materials as new and updated information and resources become available. These resources and packets are optional and not required, nor will they be graded.  

What about Special Ed?

For the most current information on how we're addressing students with IEPs visit OSPIs website 

Need home internet while your students are home?

Please contact your child's school for more information on accessing internet. Limited Wi-Fi hotspots are being made available for check out during the closure. 

Will the District Office Childcare for First Responders and Essential Healthcare Workers?

Childcare will be made available for kindergarten through 5th-grade children of Confluence Health employees, and other first responders starting Monday, March 30th. Care will be available Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Washington Elementary and is coordinated by the Wenatchee Valley YMCA. School lunch will be provided. 

Childcare will comply with the Governor's recommended safety measures, including social distancing, and students and staff will be checked for cold and flu-like symptoms before checking in each day.

If you believe you're eligible for childcare, please contact your employer's human resources office. 

Another precaution being taken is while childcare is being offered, the playground at Washington Elementary will be closed to the public between 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The gates will be locked and only children attending childcare will be allowed to use the equipment and fields.  A gate will be left unlocked at the end of the day for evening use by the public. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support in helping to keep our children safe!

When will the school year end?

Schools and districts that close in response to the COVID-19 outbreak should make every effort to make up missed time, including using scheduled vacation days and planned school closure days. However, OSPI will grant emergency waivers to allow districts to end the school year on Friday, June 19 at the latest. We will continue to look to OSPI for guidance as the situation unfolds.

What about student testing?

OSPI is canceling all state testing for the 2019–20 school year. This includes the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM), and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners. If schools are not impacted by closures, they are encouraged to continue administering the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) until the end of the testing window, March 27. This is subject to change based on additional closure announcements

Are visitors and parents allowed at school?

All schools are closed to the public during the mandiated closure.

Who is at-risk for COVID-19 and who gets tested?

Students and staff at high risk for complications from COVID-19 are:

  • People older than 60 years
  • People with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • Pregnant people

Not everybody who feels ill needs to be tested for COVID-19, particularly if you have mild illness. Healthcare providers determine who should be tested, based on specific symptoms. While testing is becoming more available, there are still limitations in the ability to quickly collect and process tests.

What should staff do if they need to stay home?

Staff that feel ill should stay home and follow the normal protocol reporting an absence. Staff can use sick leave or leave without pay. If you are in a high-risk group and believe that you need to stay home you should obtain a doctor’s note and submit it to the human resources office.  Contact Katie Batson or Kelly Lopez for more information about extended absences and leave.

How do I protect myself and those around me?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% isopropyl alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are coughing/sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

How do I know if I’m feeling symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

To ensure the health and safety of yourself as well as your community, if you are exhibiting symptoms you feel may be consistent with COVID-19, healthcare providers are asking that you DO NOT show up at your place of health care unannounced. Please contact your healthcare provider to determine the best course of care.

Both Columbia Valley Community Health and Confluence Health have nursing staff available to take your call. 

Confluence Health 1-800-525-0127
CVCH 509-662-6000

If you are exhibiting symptoms that you feel require emergent medical attention, please call 9-1-1.

How are you addressing safety and belonging?

As our district community navigates this difficult time, we must continue to lean on the strengths of people. Of special importance is to remember that transmission of COVID-19 is not based on a person's race or country of origin. If hurtful or misinformed comments are said, witnesses to these comments are encouraged to speak up. It is vital to advocate for our community members and to stay kind to one another. We must uphold a culture of safety and belonging in and beyond our school buildings. Always, but especially in challenging and unpredictable times, we must stick together as a school community and remember that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths

Concern or question?

Student and staff safety is our top priority. If you have a question, concern or comment about any health or safety issue, please let us know.

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Local Healthcare Resources
Columbia Valley Community Health and Confluence Health have created informational websites about the coronavirus with steps you can take if you feel you or your child are exhibiting symptoms you feel may be consistent with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Columbia Valley Community Health
Confluence Health
Centers for Disease Control and Preventions
Washington State Department of Health