Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - May 29, 2020

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School Board Study Meeting Tuesday, June 2, 5:30 p.m.

Pursuant to the Governor's Proclamation No. 20-28, school board meetings during the COVID-19 disease outbreak must not take place in-person, but occur remotely. Members of the public who wish to listen to the meeting via telephone may do so. The call in number is 1-301-715-8592. An access code is required and can be obtained ahead of time by contacting Susie Golden at 509-526-6715 or sgolden@wwps.org.

District seeks feedback on Fall 2020 reopening plans

Walla Walla Public Schools is committed to engaging faculty, parents, and students as we begin making preparations for the fall of 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we anticipate it will be many weeks before we receive clear guidance from state officials, Walla Walla Public Schools believes it is critical to begin our planning, research and outreach now. To that end, we have established a website that communicates our planning timeline and launched a preliminary survey to gauge initial stakeholder input. Please take a moment to share your thoughts with us as we begin our fall planning and preparation process.

Survey Link(English) 
Survey Link (Spanish)  
Fall Reopening Website      

Superintendent Smith reminds community school reopening plans separate from state phasing plan

This week Governor Inslee authorized Walla Walla County to safely enter Phase 2 of his four phase Safe Start Plan as a result of COVID-19. Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith reminded staff, parents, students and community stakeholders, both Governor Inslee and State Superintendent Chris Reykdal have continued to relay that reopening schools and related campus activities remain separate from the community/business 4-phase approach.

“The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has begun working on possible school reopening scenarios and we have been informed that preliminary guidance will not be available until mid-June,” said Superintendent Smith. “Additionally, as conditions surrounding the virus progress over the summer months, we anticipate further direction from the Governor’s Office, the Washington State Department of Health and other jurisdictions will also influence options available to schools in September.”

Smith said based on these timelines, he expects it will be many weeks before clear guidance is provided to districts on fall reopening criteria. District has started discussing reopening plans for Fall 2020. Visit the district’s 2020-2021 Reopening Plans website to learn more and get engaged: https://www.wwps.org/distancelearning/reopening

Focus on Education newsletter

This week the Focus on Education community newsletter arrived in Walla Walla mail boxes. The spring issue includes stories on COVID-19 school closure distance learning, bond projects updates, WWHS Class of 1981 graduate John Sasser, the Wa-Hi Spirit Rock project and a salute to the Class of 2020. A link is also located on the district’s website:


District partners with Crime Victims Service Center to raise awareness

Thanks to the Walla Walla CO. Crime Victims Service Center for partnering with the school district through its awareness campaign as a result of a successful grant. The organization donated swag items to the school district for distribution to families and students via the weekly learning packets. Items include dominos games, bubbles, lip balm, magnets and notepads. All the items have the Crime Victims Service Center’s telephone number on them to provide easy access to these services. Thanks to the Walla Walla CO. Crime Victims Service Center for this partnership promoting safety and civility. 

Elementary/Preschool Learning Packet Pick-up Schedule

Monday, June 1 - 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, June 8 - 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, June 15 (Technology drop off for 3rd-5th who checked out Chromebooks and internet Hot Spots) - 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 19 is the last day of school for the 2019-20 school year.

Supplementary Educational Resources for 3rd-5th
In addition to the weekly learning packet, WWPS is offering 3rd-5th grade students optional supplementary learning for families that can be accomplished online (e.g. i-Ready and other online resources many students are already familiar with). The district has announced additional Chromebook and hot spot connectivity deployments for students in grades 3-5 who lack access at home. This supplementary component will not modify the individualized learning packets for all elementary school students every Monday, but ensures all students have the ability to explore additional optional learning resources during the extended campus closure.

We have updated each school’s Google landing page so that students and parents have easy access to district-reviewed and approved supplementary resources (e.g. iReady, OSPI’s list of online learning sites, and other vetted online learning opportunities). Again, these online resources are optional for students/families who wish additional learning/experience above the work provided and returned every Monday. It is important to point out that the learning packet process is the only method that guarantees equity, access, feedback, specialist involvement, and ability to provide supplemental materials and other individualized resourcing.

From your own personal computer:
Click Here https://sites.google.com/a/wwps.org/staff/ to log into our District’s Google landing page and select the appropriate school.

From a district-issued Chromebook:
Power up the device and log in using the unique username and password (supplied to you).
For technical support click here. https://www.wwps.org/distancelearning/technical-support

Meals available to all students

Walla Walla Public Schools offers free meals to all children age 1-18, Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The daily meals include a USDA approved sack lunch and breakfast for each child. Pick up meals at whichever site is most convenient. Parents may also pick up meals for their students without students being present. Delivery services will be available on a case-by-case basis as needed.

Meal Service Pick Up Locations
• Sharpstein Elementary (Howard St side)
• Blue Ridge Elementary (South side entrance – back of school)
• Garrison Middle School (front of school)
• Prospect Point Elementary (near bus loop along Howard)
• Berney Elementary (near staff parking along School Ave)
• Edison Elementary (front of school)
• Green Park Elementary (near gym entrance)
• Lincoln (4th St side)
• Vista Terrace Park
• Washington Park
• Veteran’s Memorial Park

Meal Service and Delivery Questions:
Pamela Milleson, Nutrition Services Director
(509) 527-3016 / pmilleson@wwps.org

School Stories
Class of 2020 Commencement details set

Walla Walla Public Schools has finalized plans for Class of 2020 commencement ceremonies impacted by the COVID-19 campus closures.

Walla Walla High School
Virtual Video Ceremony
• Friday, June 5, 7 p.m.
• WWPS Facebook & Spectrum cable channel 191. Special thanks to the City of Walla Walla for allowing us use of their cable channel.

Drive-Through Diplomas and Photos
• Friday Afternoon, June 5
• Wa-Hi - Students have a socially distanced option of a drive-through diploma pickup and photo the day of graduation.

Family Drive-In Showing
• Tues & Wed June 9-10, 8:45 p.m.
• M-F Drive-In Theater - Private showing of the commencement video for students and families.

Lincoln High School
• Thursday, June 4, dusk
• M-F Drive-In Theater - Private event for students and families.

Opportunity Program
• Friday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.
• Virtual (video link on wwps.org)

SEATech 2020 registration now open

Registration for SEATech’s award winning programs is now underway and spots are going quickly. Don’t wait. Sign up today and secure your seat and watch your skills and career opportunities grow.

- Advanced Manufacturing and Welding Technology
- Audio & Video Production
- Construction Technology
- Criminal Justice
- Health Sciences (Pre-Nursing)

“Our instructors are committed to providing the best learning experience possible, regardless of what phase of re-opening we are in when school kicks off in the fall of 2020,” said SEATech Director Jerry Maher.

Students in partner schools and districts (College Place, Dayton, Prescott, Touchet, Waitsburg, Walla Walla Public Schools) are using our online form to hold a spot. If you’re a current sophomore or junior and interested in signing up for one of the following programs for the 2020-21 school year, click here: https://myseatech.org/enroll

For more information, please feel free to visit myseatech.org or call 509.526.2000.

Community Stories
Science at Home through Science Outreach

Whitman College Science Outreach program coordinator Heidi Chapin announces the release of a new website resource called “Science at Home.” Whitman students are helping support the website by creating quick science experiments that can be done with things you can find around the house. These short fun experiment videos can be found here in the site’s new video gallery: https://www.whitman.edu/academics/community-outreach/science-outreach/science-at-home

“Our goal of Science at Home is to promote science education in our local community through hands-on experiences created to inspire,” said Chapin. “By investigating the world through inquiry and exploration, our experiments are designed to encourage outside the box thinking and scientific discovery.”

New content is added each week, including content specific videos like Meet a Snake (coming soon) with the goal of sharing some of the great resources usually shared through science night, classroom programs and field trips to Whitman Hall of Science.

City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation update

All Walla Walla Parks & Recreation programs and facility reservations are cancelled or delayed through May 31. If possible, it is our intention to resume the following programs when health authorities advise it is safe to do so; Blue Mountain Girls Softball, Blue Mtn Pre-Tee ball, Blue Mountain Baseball League, Warrior Soccer Academy, Adult Co-ed Soccer. The Parks and Recreation office and Carnegie, including the Pottery Studio, are closed to the public.

Please visit our website at www.wwpr.us for updated information regarding recreation programs as it becomes available. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 509-527-4527.

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