School Campuses Closed for 2018-19; Student Learning Continues
March 17, 2020 (Updated April 6)
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Walla Walla Public Schools faculty and staff have been working around the clock in support of our students and families as a result of campus closures. This correspondence relays critical information as we support you and your child through the end of the 2018-19 school year. Included is information regarding our Distance Learning Program, meal availability for students, childcare services for certain families, and answers to frequently asked questions. A comprehensive overview of this information can also be accessed on our COVID-19 Distance Learning Web Portal accessed at www.wwps.org/distancelearning.
No doubt we are facing extraordinary times; unlike any of us have experienced before. We understand our students, families, and entire community will be deeply affected by COVID-19. However, I am blessed to work with over 800 of the most caring, passionate, and dedicated employees a superintendent could ask for. It won’t be easy, but we will do everything within our power to lessen the impact on students and families. Please carefully review the following information and important dates/announcements. If there is anything our schools and I can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (509) 527-3000.
Wade Smith, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
WWPS Pandemic Response Plan
- WWPS Pandemic Response Plan(We are Currently in Stage Four-Campuses Closed)
April 6, 2020
March 27, 2020
March 15, 2020
March 14, 2020
March 13, 2020
March 12, 2020 (pm)
March 12, 2020 (am)
March 11, 2020
March 9, 2020
March 2, 2020 (12pm)
March 2, 2020 (7am)
February 27, 2020
Other Correspondences & Communications
- Friday Staff Correspondence (3/6/20)
- Communication Regarding Blue Ridge Deep Clean Preventative Measure (3/2/20)
- SchoolMessenger Communication to Parents/Guardians (3/2/20)
Recommended Prevention Measures
The Department of Health advises school districts to take the same preventative measures it normally would to prevent the spread of viruses during the regular cold and flu season. Common preventative measures recommended for students include:
- Staying home when they are sick and/or running a fever.
- Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.
- If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Advising persons to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
- Urging students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.
- Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional hand-washing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.
Amy Ruff, Director of Health Services
421 S. 4th Ave
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Information and Resources
- Washington State Department of Health
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- WWPS COVID-19 Student Education Plans
- Coronavirus Learning Activity for Kids
- Governor Inslee and Supt. Reykdal Public Address (3/12/2020)
- Governor Inslee Public Address (3/2/2020)
- OSPI Coronavirus Resources for Schools
- Talking to Children about Infectious Disease (English)
- Hablando con niños sobre enfermedades infecciosas (español)
- CDC/WHO COVIC-19 Symptoms Chart (3/6/20)
More information about COVID-19 can be accessed by calling the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 or our local Walla Walla Department of Community Health at 509-524-2650.