Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - March 12, 2021

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Local COVID cases drop again this reporting period

COVID Activity Report timeline: Feb. 20, 2021 to March 5, 2021

Every Monday, Walla Walla Public Schools posts the Walla Walla Department of Community Health’s COVID-19 Activity Report. This report, provided weekly to regional school districts, is what the Walla Walla Board of Directors has used to guide school reopening.

This week's report reveals local COVID rates are remarkably low during this reporting period. There are only 56 cases combined between Walla Walla and College Place over the last two weeks.

Safely Reopening Schools Roadmap 

School board regular business meeting

• Tuesday, March 16
• 5:30 p.m.
• Meeting Open to the Public (Virtual)
• IMPORTANT MEETING NOTICE: Pursuant to the Governor’s revised guidance on February 1, 2021, school board meetings during the COVID-19 disease outbreak must take place remotely when in Phase 1. Under Phase 2, school board meetings may be held in person, but are required to implement strict capacity limitations among other protocols. The school board has elected to continue to hold board meetings remotely at this time to maximize the opportunity for public participation. Members of the public are invited to attend by utilizing the following methods:
• Watch: https://wwps-org.zoom.us/j/97896740569
• Listen: Dial 1-253-215-8782 and enter the Webinar ID: 978 9674 0569
• Subtítulos en español: https://wwps-org.zoom.us/j/97896740569 (Seleccione "Live Translation" en el menú inferior).
• Agenda española: https://www.wwps.org/district/information/school-board/board-meeting-schedule

Human Resources Department salutes classified staff with creative theme

This week is Education Support Professionals Week and an opportunity to recognize the contributions of Education Support Professionals in the district. Monday staff from the Human Resources Department delivered tokens of appreciation to staff. This year they assembled fun, creative tote bags containing blue face masks with the district logo and hand sanitizer with a colorful thank you label.

“We thought with all of our staff having to wear masks and the COVID theme for the year, we would hand out masks with the district logo on it,” said Human Resources Director Liz Campeau. “And our little card that went along with it said ‘We simply cannot mask our appreciation for you’ as a way of thanking staff for all their hard work supporting students in the school district.”

Walla Walla Public Schools sets April open enrollment and kindergarten registration dates for 2021-2022

Walla Walla Public Schools announces an April 19 date for kindergarten registration, dual language program enrollment and open enrollment procedures for the 2021-2022 school year. See detailed information below for programs available to Walla Walla families. REGISTRATION & OPEN ENROLLMENT 

Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Two-Way Dual Language Kindergarten Registration
• Walla Walla Public Schools’ Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration period will begin April 19. The registration process should be completed online by visiting https://www.wwps.org/schools/information/registration. Paper registration packets are available upon request by calling your home/attendance area school or the district office at 509-526-6717.
• If you would like your kindergarten child to participate in the district’s Two-Way Dual Language Program, housed at Edison and Green Park Elementary Schools, please complete the online general registration process and mark “dual programming.” Also, complete the kindergarten dual application found on the Equity and Dual Language page. 
• If you have a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) or kindergarten student starting school in the fall of 2021, please join us at our live Kindergarten and Early Learning Roundup on Thursday, April 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Kindergarten & Early Learning Roundup 

Elementary Open Enrollment
• Elementary parents/guardians, who live in the Walla Walla Public Schools’ district boundary and wish to open enroll their child to a different WWPS school outside their attendance area, will see paperwork come home with their child the week of April 12 and information will also be available on the district’s website.
• Open Enrollment forms will be accepted at your child’s attendance area school starting Monday, April 19.
• Priority will be given to forms returned starting April 19 and through April 30.

Middle School Registration & Open Enrollment
• Look for information coming home with fifth graders the week of April 12 regarding middle school open enrollment and registration for 2021-2022.

Choice Transfer for students living outside the WWPS boundary
• Parents/Guardians, who live outside the Walla Walla Public Schools boundary and wish to Choice Transfer/request enrollment into the WWPS boundary, will need to complete a Choice Transfer Request online. 

Open enrollment requests for Walla Walla Public Schools will be granted according to priorities outlined in School Board Policy & Procedure 3130. The priorities are also listed on the backside of the open enrollment paperwork.
Policy 3130 
Procedure 3130 

Please contact your attendance area school for more information. District boundary maps are available at all schools, the Administration Office at 364 S. Park St, and on the district's website. BOUNDARY MAP 

USDA Extends Free Universal School Meal Service for Children through the Summer

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended waivers of some school meal rules through Sept. 30, giving schools more flexibility to feed hungry children during the summer months. Schools have relied on the waivers, which give them greater flexibility in how and when they serve meals, since the first broad closures in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

The federal agency has extended the waivers several times as schools’ operations and students’ lives continue to be upended by COVID-19. Before the USDA announced the extension Tuesday, the waivers were set to expire June 30.


School Stories
Middle school music students create recruitment videos

The Middle School Music Team from Garrison and Pioneer produced recruiting videos in English and Spanish to promote their program to 5th graders. The video features music students from both Pioneer and Garrison talking about being in the band, choir and orchestra before demonstrating their instruments.

MS Music Recruiting (English)  
MS Music Recruiting (Spanish)  

Kindergarten & Early Learning Roundup April 1

Family Engagement Coordinator Pam Clayton (pclayton@wwps.org) is busy planning the April 1 Kindergarten and Early Learning Roundup. This virtual event will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn about kindergarten, transitional kindergarten and preschool options, including dual language programs. Participants will also hear from principals, teachers and support staff about school readiness. Be sure to get all the information on timelines, registration procedures and helpful resources. Check out her new video with all the details. FACEBOOK PAGE  

Wa-Hi Athletics Department launches new Facebook page

The Walla Walla High School Athletics Department continues to seek ways to communicate with students and families. This week the department launched a new Facebook page: @WaHiAthletics 

The new Facebook page will include registration information, game live streaming links, scores, practice information and much more.

“It is basically another site for people to be involved with our high school sports,” said Athletics Secretary Kariss Carillo. “This is another way to reach out to our fans to keep them involved.”

Community Stories
Walla Walla Valley Little League announces tryout dates

Walla Walla Valley Little is planning for the 2021 season. Tryouts will be March 13 and 20 at Eastgate Lions Park. Little League is available to all boys and girls ages 4-12. Registration can be found at: https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/wallawallavalleyll

For more information, contact:
• Paul Renwick WWVLL President (509) 200-0296
• Robyn Huether WWVLL Player Agent (404) 520-1950

Area students invited to participate in Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance Mural Competition

• Freewater Square’ Mural Competition 2021
• 4 winners ($500 prizes for each winner)
• Supplies provided
• Entries due March 31
• Additional information: mfda.director@gmail.com / 541.861.1208

Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Update

• St Paddy’s Day Dash Virtual Race – Open to ages 5 and up. Cost is $25.
• Pickleball Clinics – Ages 9-16 years. Cost is $60.
• Spring Soccer – Starts April 12 – Grades K-8. Cost is $40-$70.
• Spring Flag Football – Starts April 12 - Grades 2-8. Cost is $70.
• Pee Wee Multisport Series – Starts April 20 - Ages 3-5 years. Cost is $65.
• T’ai Chi – Classes open to Ages 12 and up. Cost is $48.
• Youth Fencing – Beginning Classes for ages 8-18. Cost is $60. Equipment provided.
• Adult Fencing – Classes for ages 18 and up. Cost is $75. Equipment provided.
• Ukulele Class - Ages 12 and up. Cost is $65.
• Veterans Memorial Pool Passes – March prices Youth/Senior/Veteran $65 Adult $75 Family $160. Prices will increase on April 1.

Pottery Studio is now open! Thursday/Friday 2pm-5:30pm and Saturday 10am-12:30pm

NEW – Parks and Recreation App! Download it from your App Store/Google Play Store - Walla Walla Parks and Rec!
In need of financial assistance to help with youth program costs? We have simplified the youth scholarship application process for 2021, thanks to private community donations we are able to help with 75% of the program cost! Call 527-4527 or email recreation@wallawallawa.gov us to request a scholarship for your child(ren). The only requirement is that you establish an online account so that we have a place to apply the scholarship.
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, recreation@wallawallawa.gov or parks@wallawallawa.gov.

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