Coronavirus

As part of the order by Gov. Jay Inslee, all VPS schools are closed March 16 through April 24. District offices are closed to the public during this time. As teachers, staff members, principals and administrators continue working remotely, email is the best way to reach us. Please send us a message or email a staff member directly through your own email service using this format: firstname.lastname@vansd.org.

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Per the governor’s March 23 order for citizens to stay home and stay safe, VPS school playgrounds and other play areas are closed until the order is lifted.

Last updated March 24.

The International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme will not be held this spring due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

The May 2020 examinations were scheduled for Columbia River High School students between April 30 and May 22 for diploma programme and course candidates. These IB external exams will no longer be held.

Depending on what they registered for, students will be awarded a diploma or a course certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on each student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

The IB organization will share full details and FAQs with us and on their website by March 27.

Get the latest details on graduation ceremonies and requirements, testing and more.

Last updated March 18.

 

You may be wondering what to expect during the school closure related to IEPs, evaluations, and special education services. We are discussing plans on how meetings can be held and services delivered. Additional information will be coming soon.

During the mandatory closures, school districts are prohibited from providing in-person educational, recreational, and other K–12 school programs using their school buildings and facilities by OSPI. If educational services are provided for the general education population, then IEP services will also be provided to students with disabilities.

We know that many students and families have additional questions, we will do what we can to address all questions. If you have specific questions related to your student’s special education services or IEP related to this closure, please call the special services department at 360-313-1158 or email the special services manager assigned to your child’s school.

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Last updated March 20.

Missed school days will be made up at the end of the school year: June 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19. The state will issue waivers for the balance of the missed days. Graduation dates will not be impacted.

VPS is offering grab-and-go lunches for any child aged 0-18, or currently enrolled in high school. Lunches are available Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and noon in front of the following schools.

  • Anderson Elementary, 2215 NE 104th St.
  • Fruit Valley Elementary, 3410 NW Fruit Valley Rd.
  • Ogden Elementary School, 3200 NE 86th Ave.
  • Roosevelt Elementary, 2921 Falk Rd.
  • Washington Elementary School, 2908 S. St.
  • Discovery Middle School, 800 E. 40th St.
  • Jason Lee Middle School, 8500 NW 9th Ave.
  • McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd.

Meals will continue to be offered March 30 through April 3.

Clark County Food Bank has compiled a list of additional resources:

VPS families also can reach out to the FCRC coordinator at their school to request food or other assistance. 

Last updated March 24.

Educational Service District 112 childcare centers are continuing to operate in VPS for current and new clients. For more information, please contact ESD 112 at 360-750-7501 or go to their website.

Additional resources

Thank you for your support.

Due to physical distancing recommendations, we are not able to set up food donation locations at our schools. However, please consider donating food or money to the Clark County Food Bank. The food bank provides VPS with food for students and families as well as many other Clark County partners and organizations.

Donations also can be made to the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools, which supports basic needs.

Effective 3/13 and throughout the closure, ALL athletics and morning/afternoon/evening and weekend school activities are canceled.

Last updated March 13.

See postponements and cancelations.

Vancouver Public Schools also has been directed by Special Olympics Washington to put Unified activities on hold until further notice. Activities include practices, competitions and events with more than 10 participants.

In all activities, regardless of the type or governing group, individual student participation is a decision made by families.

Teachers may send optional learning resources and activities to students and parents at any time during the statewide COVID-19 emergency closure. This is based on direction to all school districts from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

Teachers may refer to the optional learning resources and activities posted on the district’s website, or they may suggest other ways for parents to keep their children engaged in learning during the closure. In their communications, teachers must state clearly that those learning resources and activities are optional and will not be graded or factored into a student’s class grades.

We expect to receive additional guidance from OSPI for delivering online education in ways that meet the legal obligation of school districts to provide equitable learning opportunities for all students, including children with special needs.

VPS is working on a local plan for online education that may be implemented sometime after spring break (March 30–April 3). The plan is contingent upon further guidance from OSPI.

Last updated March 20.

Individuals or groups that have rented out a district facility can be refunded or rescheduled. Please contact the community services department to make arrangements.

Resources

Family guidance for remote learning

Online learning resources

Use of the following online learning resources is not required. The purpose is to provide access to resources for all students away from the physical school setting.

k-12 learning resources