• WVSD Coronavirus Update 03-06-2020

    Posted by Donald Hay on 3/6/2020

     

     

     March 6, 2020

    Dear Wishkah Parents/Guardians and Community,  

     

    The rise of the Coronavirus has indeed stirred concern and speculation. We feel it is important to communicate an update on the current state of Wishkah Valley Schools. 

     

    Misinformation, rumors and false posts have made their way online regarding alleged actions that a school district did not take. Please know that we will publicize our actions only on our official web page and/or letters directly to parents and community members. Families are always welcome to contact the district directly if they receive a communication that seems out of the ordinary. Our strength is we are a small, close-knit community and communication with school officials has always been easy to accomplish.

     

    As a district staff we have been in consistent contact with other neighboring school districts and most importantly with Grays Harbor County Public Health Services.

     

    It is very important to know that as of Thursday morning, there were no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Grays Harbor according to the Public Health department. Wishkah Valley Schools have NO cases of coronavirus; no students, teachers, staff members, or parents who have been diagnosed with the virus. Our school nurse has worked with us to help make us aware of the symptoms and we have reviewed “telltale keys” on how to evaluate students and staff that are showing signs of illness.

                                                                                                                   

    We would like to affirm that.

    1. Students have been taught correct hand washing methods.
    2. School staff follow routine cleaning and disinfecting practices focusing on frequently touched objects and surfaces. During this outbreak, as a precaution, problematic areas will be cleaned and sanitized more frequently.
    3. In the event of an outbreak that we need to close school, school staff are prepared to deep clean and disinfect the building to enable school to resume in a timely manner.

     

    We feel it is important to keep communicating with our community, staff and parents. We will continue to keep you updated as new information is available.

     

    Sincerely,

    Wally F. Lis

    Superintendent

     

    Taken from an article in the Seattle Times:

    What should I do if I think my child is sick?

    Public health officials recommend that you call your doctor if you or your child feel ill and have symptoms such as a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat or fever. Make sure your child practices good hygiene by coughing into their sleeve, washing their hands regularly and throwing used tissues in the trash.

    State law requires schools to excuse student absences when children are sick, so if your child is sick, they should not go to school.

    If school closes, will my child make up missed days at the end of the year?

    That depends. Some schools, such as those in the Northshore School District, are attempting to keep kids from falling behind by distributing laptops and other devices, and sending assignments online. But not every school district is tech-friendly, or has the ability to offer distance learning. And on Thursday, the state’s superintendent Chris Rekydal told MSNBC that he is encouraging schools to make up class time at the end of the school year instead of trying to offer classwork online.

    “Essentially what we’re telling districts is: do everything you would normally do to make up missed days, such as changing half-days to full-days and canceling scheduled vacation days, and then extend your school year to at least June 19,” Katy Payne, a spokesperson for OSPI, wrote in an email. “If you’ve gone through June 19 and you still have some hours [or] days to make up, we will waive them.

    Any tips for talking with my child about the novel coronavirus?

    Local experts suggest that adults be good listeners, stick to facts they know are true, and keep regular routines at home or at school. For more advice, check out our guide to talking with kids about the virus.

     

     

     

     

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  • WVSD Coronavirus Update 03-03-2020

    Posted by Donald Hay on 3/3/2020

    March 3, 2020

     

    Dear Wishkah Staff, Parents/Guardians and Community,

    While the risk to our school and community remains low, the Wishkah Valley School District would like to update you on our current safety plan to react to the spread the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19.  This plan revolves around identification, quarantine, prevention, and sanitation.

    Identification

    Coronavirus symptoms most closely resemble that of the common cold or influenza (flu).  Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. 

    Quarantine

    Students who exhibit these symptoms should stay home.  Their absences will be excused and they will be allowed the opportunity to make up their work.  Students may be required to stay home as recommended by public health officials.

    Students who exhibit these symptoms at school will be placed in a private room away from others under adult supervision and may be asked to wear a face mask.  You may be required to pick your student (and siblings) up and take them home.  Please be sure that the school office has the most up-to-date emergency contact information.

    Depending on how the outbreak evolves, Wishkah Valley School may close school as we may have an inadequate number of staff available to carry on a program.  We may also decide to close school to disinfect the school building.

    Prevention

    At this time we are advised that schools do not need to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of influenza.

     

    These include:

     

    1. Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they cough or blow their nose. Help young children do the same. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

     

    1. Do not share items that may be contaminated with saliva such as beverage

     

    1. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. When covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, throw the tissue into the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).

     

    1. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

     

     

     

    Sanitation

    School staff follow routine cleaning and disinfecting practices focusing on frequently touched objects and surfaces.  During this outbreak, as a precaution, problematic areas will be cleaned and sanitized more frequently.

     

    In the event of an outbreak that we need to close school, school staff are prepared to deep clean and disinfect the building to enable school to resume.

     

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

    Wally Lis

    Superintendent

    Wishkah Valley SD

     

    Sources:

     

    Washington State Department of Health

    OSPI Infectious Disease Control Guide for School Staff

    Wishkah Valley Infectious Disease Policy 3414

     

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  • Corona-virus, Letter to Community and Parents

    Posted by Allesia Cooper on 2/28/2020

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    Wishkah Valley School District #117          

    4640 Wishkah Road

    Aberdeen, Washington  98520                                                                     

    Phone: (360) 532-3128

    Fax: (360) 533-4638

    www.wishkah.org                                                                                                                                       

     

     

    February 28, 2020

     

    Dear Wishkah Parents/Guardians and Community,

     

    An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, has caused an outbreak of respiratory illness in the United States and other countries. Most, but not all, of the confirmed coronavirus cases have been related to travel.  We want to assure you that our school district is keeping track of this situation through trustworthy sources: our local health department and the Washington Department of State Health Services (DSHS).  These health officials believe the risk to our school community is low at this time. Wishkah Valley Schools will continue to work directly with Health Department officials to monitor the risk to our students, staff and our community.

    What is a Coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. The 2019-nCoV is a new coronavirus that had not been seen in humans before December 2019.

    Who Should Seek Medical Evaluation for 2019-nCoV?

    • Those with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have traveled from China in the last 14 days OR
    • Those with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have been identified by the Public Health Department as a recent close contact of a confirmed 2019-nCoV case OR had recent close contact with someone who is being evaluated for 2019-nCoV infection.

    What Can I do to Prevent a 2019-nCoV Infection?

    The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against 2019-nCoV and other illnesses.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw tissue away and wash hands.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Keep students home if temperature is above 100.0 F (38.7 C) or they report not feeling well, appear weak or ill
    • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk

    While a new type of illness can be scary, we can protect our students, teachers, and the broader community by using simple everyday actions that protect people from other types of respiratory viruses.

    Our teachers, school nurse, and staff are working carefully to encourage these simple and effective habits of frequent handwashing, covering every cough or sneeze, and cleaning classroom tables/surfaces frequently.  This is important not just to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, but to help prevent the spread of other infections that can lead to student illness and absences.  

    Thank you for your support of our district, our schools, our students and our teachers and staff. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Additional Resources

    https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

     

    What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

     

     

    Sincerely,

    Wally F. Lis

    Superintendent

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  • Thank You, Voters!

    Posted by Allesia Cooper on 2/12/2020

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  • January 2020

    Posted by Allesia Cooper on 1/1/2020

     

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     to Our School Board

    Members 

     

     

                                           

    January 2020

     

     

    With sincere appreciation we say Thank-You to Ms. Jeanne Ward and Mr. Duane Olson as they step away from service on the WVSD School Board of Directors. Both Duane and Jeanne plan to stay involved with WVSD, and we happily welcome their continuing commitment to our district! The Wishkah Valley School District exists in part because individuals like Jeanne and Duane volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing public schools.

     

    January is School Board Recognition Month. We would like to take this opportunity to recognize the individuals and their volunteer work with extraordinary dedication. Board members commit to a significant amount of time sharing their expertise to benefit the students and families of our District. We thank our Board for their hard work, dedication and collaborative partnership.

    School Board members work hard, unpaid and behind the scenes, in guiding the District to provide a quality education for our students. Thank you Jeanne, Duane and all our school board members.

     

    The next time you see them at the school, the grocery store, or at a Board meeting, please say “Thank-You” You”.

     

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  • July 2019 - update

    Posted by Allesia Cooper on 7/1/2019

     

     

     

                     Superintendent's Blog                           WVS Lis            July 2019 Update            

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dear Wishkah Valley School Family, 

     

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    Last Spring we applied for and received a State of Washington grant for two million, seven hundred dollars. The State received applications from 73 school districts in the amount of over $120 Million dollars and only had $15,349,000 in available funding.  Wishkah Valley School District received an HVAC re-modernization grant and Work has begun!  It has been a very tough process. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

     

     

    I hope that you are enjoying a fun, relaxing and safe summer; it is almost that time again for a new school year. Our students had a great 2018-2019 School Year here at WVSD led by an outstanding class of 2019. The future looks good for our upcoming school year with student excitement about excelling in academics, in student activities and in athletics.

                                                                    

    With sincere appreciation we say Thank-You to Mr. Denny Van Blaricom who has recently resigned from the WVSD School Board of Directors. Mr. Van Blaricom is a WVHS alumni and has served on the school board for a number of years providing leadership and core values for our district. Denny plans to stay involved with WVSD, just not with monthly meetings!  

     

    Are you interested in becoming a WVSD School board member?

    Wishkah Valley School District currently has a school board director opening in district #2. Who are school directors? Washington State’s public school districts are directed by publically-elected school boards. These board members — called "school directors" — are citizens just like you!

    Contact Mrs. Allesia Cooper at acooper@wishkah.org or 360 532-3128 for information on how to apply.

      

    Wishkah Booster Club / PTO needs you! 

    MISSION STATEMENT:

    The Wishkah Booster Club/PTO is a non-profit organization made up of parents, staff, alumni and community members who believe the students and athletes of Wishkah Valley School District (WVSD) are the most important assets in our Community. Our purpose and goal is to support and promote academics, athletics and other extra-curricular activities at Wishkah Valley School and to help provide financial support in areas not covered by the school district budget.

     

    What you need to know:

     

    1. The Booster/PTO is an organization operated strictly by volunteers. We cannot be successful without parent and community participation! We are happy to get volunteers and we are always willing to work with your schedule.
    2. 100% of profits made by the Booster/PTO go back into the school. The profits are donated to sports teams, classrooms projects and supplies, fundraisers, state t-shirts, Ice Cream Socials, team camps, music concerts, band trips, school assemblies, etc. We accept donation requests from any school organization that supports our students.

    If you would like more information, please contact the Wishkah Booster / PTO members at: wishkahbooster@gmail.com

     

     

    • Athletic turn out meeting August 6th at 6 PM for more information contact Ms. Katerina Eaton at keaton@wishkah.org.

     

    • First Day of school for students’ grades 1-12 is September 4th, Kindergarten students’ starts on September 9th

     

    Prior to the opening of the 2019-2020 student school year our staff will attend two days of professional staff workshops. Staff PD dates are being planned with presenters for topics such as math instruction, Language Arts instruction, internet safety, mandatory para educator training as well as online training for the annual topics of blood borne pathogens and work place safety. The dates for this summer’s staff Professional Development are August 30, 2019 and September 3, 2019.

     

    National Neighborhood Night Out picnic/gathering sponsored by East Hoquiam Neighborhood Block Watch and the Wishkah Fire Department is Saturday August 3rd at Noon at the fire station. See you there!

     

    Our district web site is, https://www.wishkah.org/ and our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/WishkahValley. If you have questions on district daily happenings feel free to contact Mrs. Allesia Cooper, at (360) 532-3128. She can also give you information on board policies, processes and procedures and assist you with setting up an appointment to meet with staff members. Her email address is acooper@wishkah.org

     

    Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you or your student. Thank-you for your interest in our schools, our website, and for your support. 

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Wally F. Lis

     

    Superintendent of Schools

     

    An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

    -Benjamin Franklin
     

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  • January 2019 Update

    Posted by Allesia Cooper on 1/17/2019

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                         January Update        

     

    Dear Wishkah Valley School Family, 

    First semester is coming to a close at the end of the month and we will soon start with second semester classes. Our students are doing well, in academics, in student activities and in athletics

     

    We want to welcome Mrs. Allesia Cooper to our staff. Allesia is a 2001 graduate of Wishkah Valley High School and brings her alumni memories to her new job as the Superintendent’s executive assistant. Allesia has two students currently attending Wishkah Elementary school and one more currently in pre-school that will be joining us next year. We were very fortunate to have Allesia join our staff.

    If you have questions on district daily feel free to contact Allesia, at (360) 532-3128. She can also give you information on board policies, processes and procedures and assist you with setting up an appointment to meet with staff members. Her email address is acooper@wishkah.org .

     

    We are happy to announce that Roxanne Richardson has officially accepted the Business Manager position!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

     

    Wishkah Valley School District received an HVAC re-modernization grant from the State of Washington for Two million, seven hundred dollars. The State received applications from 73 school districts in the amount of over $120 Million dollars and only had $15,349,000 in available funding.  It has been a very tough process. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

     

    We have experienced our annual winter weather challenges the last several weeks. Our district web site, https://www.wishkah.org/ and our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/WishkahValley. In the event of inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, school may be closed or starting time delayed. The same conditions may necessitate early dismissal. School closing, delayed start time or early dismissal will be announced over local radio or Seattle T.V. stations.  For emergency posts or changes in schedules, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If no report is heard, it should be assumed that school will be in session.

    Emergency notifications will be broadcasted on these local stations, KXRO 1320 AM, KDUX 104.7 FM, KIX 95.3 FM, KBKW 1450 AM, KSWW 102.1 FM and T.V. Channels 4, 5 or 7. Historically, KXRO 1320 AM has been the most reliable.

    February brings in the start of the annual school budget process. Over the next three months staff, administration and board will have a series of discussions over what is our projected student enrollment for 2019-20, what programs do we need to add to meet our student’s needs and graduation requirements.

     

    Are you interested in becoming a WVSD School board member?

    Wishkah Valley School District currently has a school board director opening in district #3. Who are school directors? Washington State’s public school districts are directed by publically-elected school boards. These board members — called "school directors" — are citizens just like you!

    Contact Mrs. Allesia Cooper at acooper@wishkah.org or 360 532-3128 for information on how to apply.

     

    Wishkah Booster Club / PTO needs you! 

    MISSION STATEMENT:

     

    The Wishkah Booster Club/PTO is a non-profit organization made up of parents, staff, alumni and community members who believe the students and athletes of Wishkah Valley School District (WVSD) are the most important assets in our Community. Our purpose and goal is to support and promote academics, athletics and other extra-curricular activities at Wishkah Valley School and to help provide financial support in areas not covered by the school district budget.

     

    What you need to know:

     

    1. The Booster/PTO is an organization operated strictly by volunteers. We cannot be successful without parent and community participation! We are happy to get volunteers and we are always willing to work with your schedule.

     

    1. 100% of profits made by the Booster/PTO go back into the school. The profits are donated to sports teams, classrooms projects and supplies, fundraisers, state t-shirts, Ice Cream Socials, team camps, music concerts, band trips, school assemblies, etc. We accept donation requests from any school organization that supports our students.

     

    Donation Request Forms can be found in:

    The Wishkah Valley School Office,

    on the Wishkah Valley School District Web Page, or

    on our Wishkah Booster Club / PTO Facebook page

     

    1. The Booster / PTO is always open to suggestions on new ways to get involved, new ways to meet people, new ways to support our school, new ways to show school spirit and new ways to better our community!

     

    We invite you to attend our meetings:

    Monthly Meetings are held in Room 2 at 6:00, the second Monday of every month

     

    If you would like more information, please contact the Wishkah Booster / PTO members at:

    wishkahbooster@gmail.com

     

     

    Our Wishkah Valley School District Mission Statement

     

    The Wishkah Valley School District is a partnership of students, staff, parents and community whose mission is to provide all students with an outstanding education emphasizing high academic standards and the skills needed to become lifelong learners and productive citizens in a complex and changing society.

     

     

    Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you or your student. Thank-you for your interest in our schools, our website, and for your support. 

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Wally F. Lis

     

    Superintendent of Schools

     

    Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

    -Bob Beauprez

     

     

     

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  • Welcome July 2018

    Posted by Wally Lis on 7/9/2018

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    Dear Wishkah Valley School Family, 

    I hope that you are enjoying a fun, relaxing and safe summer; it is almost that time again for a new school year. I am excited to begin my duties as the new superintendent of the Wishkah Valley School District and I want to welcome you to our district web site, https://www.wishkah.org/,  and our facebook page is www.facebook.com/WishkahValley. I have been meeting with Mr. Don Hay (Dean of Students) and with Mr. Bob Eager (former Interim Superintendent), to help orientate me and I am ready to work on the challenges that we will be facing over the next few years. My family and I appreciate the wonderful welcome we have received in Wishkah and we look forward to working with everyone while maintaining the strong, positive school district that Wishkah Valley has become.

    For those of you new to the area, Wishkah Valley School District is located twelve miles north of Aberdeen, Washington in Grays Harbor County.  Our small community makes an ideal setting for community involvement and quality education. Wishkah is a dynamic and caring community which takes pride in its small-town charm. We are the home of the Loggers and Loggerettes with successful student-centered programs in academics, activities and athletics. The school is the social center of the community. The area’s rural setting hosts unmatched scenic beauty with the mountains and river surrounding us.

    If you have questions or concerns feel free to contact our administrative assistant, Mrs. Gwen Hamilton, at (360) 532-3128. She can also give you information on board policies, processes and procedures and assist you with setting up an appointment to meet with staff members. Her email address is ghamilton@wishkah.org .

     

    We want all visitors, parents and community members to feel welcome as they call or visit our facilities. Wishkah Valley School District is known as an outstanding school district by virtue of the relationships we have formed. We know and understand that building positive and productive relationships is the key to success, for our students, our staff and our community.

     

    Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you or your student. Thank-you for your interest in our schools, our website, and for your support. 

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Wally F. Lis

     

    Superintendent of Schools

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