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We will send notifications when:

  • A VPS staff member or student tests positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19
    AND
  • The individual was in a VPS building or on a VPS bus during their infectious period (48 hours before they began showing symptoms)

¿El Distrito Escolar “VPS” notificará a los miembros del personal y a las familias si hay un caso confirmado?

Enviaremos notificaciones cuando:

  • Un miembro del personal de “VPS” o un estudiante dé positivo o se asume positivo al COVID-19
    Y
  • La persona estuvo en un edificio de “VPS” o en un autobús de “VPS” durante el período de contagio (48 horas antes de que comenzaron a demostrar síntomas, ver lista de síntomas aquí)

Будет ли Ванкуверский школьный район (VPS) уведомлять сотрудников и семьи в случае наличия подтверждённого случая заболевания?

Мы будем посылать уведомления, когда:

  • Сотрудник VPS или учащийся получил положительный результат при тестировании на COVID-19, или если он(-а) предположительно заражен(-а) COVID-19,
    И
  • Сотрудник или учащийся находился в здании VPS или на автобусе VPS в период, когда он(-а) мог(-ла) заразить других (48 часов до появления первых симптомов)
  • Close contact: You will be notified if you are a close contact of the person with the confirmed case. “Close contact” means being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for about 15 minutes or more total over a 24-hour period. Close contacts cannot work or go to school onsite. They may be able to work or learn remotely.
  • Not a close contact: General notifications also will be emailed to staff members and families who are not considered close contacts. By law, we can’t identify the individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you are not a close contact of the person with the confirmed case, you do not need to isolate or quarantine. Your risk of exposure is considered low.

Not receiving emails from VPS or your child’s school? Find out how to get them.

¿Si alguien asociado con la escuela da positivo, tendré que ponerme en cuarentena o aislarme?

  • Contacto cercano: Usted será notificado si es un contacto cercano de la persona con el caso confirmado. “Contacto cercano” significa estar a menos de 6 pies de alguien infectado por 15 minutos o más durante un periodo de 24 horas. Los contactos cercanos no pueden trabajar o asistir a la escuela en persona. Ellos podrían trabajar o aprender remotamente.
  • No es contacto cercano: Notificaciones generales serán enviadas por correo electrónico a los miembros del personal y las familias que no se consideren contactos cercanos. Por ley, no podemos identificar a la persona con el caso de COVID-19 confirmado. Si usted no es un contacto cercano de la persona con el caso confirmado, usted no necesita aislarse o ponerse en cuarentena. Su riesgo de exposición se considera bajo.

¿No recibe correos electrónicos del Distrito Escolar “VPS” o de la escuela de su hijo? Favor de hacer “Click” aquí.

Если кто-либо, связанный со школой, получил положительный результат при тестировании на COVID-19, нужно ли мне будет находиться на карантине или самоизолироваться?

  • Близкий контакт: Вы будете уведомлены, если Вы находились в близком контакте с кем-либо, кто получил положительный результат при тестировании на ковид. «Близкий контакт» означает нахождение в пределах 6 футов (2 метра) от человека, заражённого COVID-19, в совокупности в течение примерно 15 минут или более в течение суток. Лица, находившиеся в близком контакте с заражённым, не могут работать или учиться в здании школы. Возможно, они будут иметь возможность работать или учиться дистанционно.
  • Отсутствие близкого контакта: Общие уведомления будут отсылать по электронной почте сотрудникам и семьям, которые, как считается, не имели близкого контакта с заражённым лицом. По закону мы не можем указывать имя человека с подтверждённым случаем заражения COVID-19. Если Вы не были в близком контакте с заражённым лицом, Вам не нужно самоизолироваться или находиться на карантине. Ваш риск заражения считается низким.

Не получаете электронные сообщения из VPS или из школы Вашего ребёнка? Выясните, как их можно начать получать.

Students in those programs may either participate in hybrid learning once it begins or remain in remote learning.

The intent is to maintain consistency in students’ education. However, it is possible that a teacher assignment may change due to a shift in circumstances for an employee (e.g., going on leave). Schools would work to communicate this change with families and provide a smooth transition.

  • Face masks or clear shields are required for all staff and students per Washington State Department of Health, except under special circumstances such as a developmental or health diagnosis.
  • The district will provide cloth face masks for all students and staff, although students and staff may wear a cloth mask of their own if it is appropriate for a school setting.
  • Students and staff must wear face coverings on the bus, on school grounds and inside the building.

Yes. Buses will be cleaned and disinfected each evening.

  • Elementary buses will be supplied with hand sanitizer and clean cloth masks.
  • Secondary buses will be supplied with hand sanitizer and disposal masks for students who forgot their personal cloth mask.

Yes, families will have the option to change their decision.

Initially families will be assigned to a group, with a priority on siblings attending school on the same days of the week. If a different group would better accommodate a family’s schedule, parents and guardians may contact their child’s principal. Schools will aim to provide flexibility while also maintaining small class sizes.

The response varies depending on symptoms, diagnosis and any close contacts. See the details.

 

Daily health screenings: What parents and guardians need to do

  • A daily symptom check will be emailed or texted each school day to parents and guardians to confirm that no one in their household has any COVID-19 symptoms. There will be a separate email or text and unique link for each child.
  • Upon completion of the symptom check, parents and guardians will receive an email indicating whether their child is eligible to come to school that day.
  • If a student is not eligible to come to school, the absence will be excused. A separate absence notification is not required.

Daily health screenings: What happens at school

  • Students and staff will have their temperature checked as they enter the school.
  • Students and staff with a temperature above 100.4 degrees will be shown to a designated safe space, away from other people, until they can be retested. If a student’s temperature does not decrease, they will remain in that space until they are picked up by a parent, guardian or designated emergency contact person.

Schools will work to accommodate families with more than one child to ensure that siblings attend school on the same days.

See the general schedule.
Elementary principals will communicate directly with families regarding individual student schedules.

Yes. If you are uncomfortable having your child attend school part-time under the hybrid schedule, they may remain in remote learning at their current school.

Please keep in mind that the full-remote choice will include more independent learning than the current remote 2.0 schedule. If you have questions, please contact your principal.

Last updated Jan. 5, 2021.

Lieser Campus offers a variety of learning programs for grades K-12. All programs are structured to meet each student’s academic needs.

Virtual Learning Academy at the Lieser Campus has provided online learning to Vancouver students grades 6-12 for more than 10 years. Instruction is provided through an online learning platform (currently Odysseyware). Each student is paired with an advising teacher who develops and monitors a student learning plan that is individualized to the student’s academic needs. Recently added is an online option for grades K-5.

Vancouver Home Connection at the Lieser Campus is a classroom-based parent-partnership program serving students in kindergarten through 10th grade. Home Connection faculty members collaborate with families to reach their educational goals by providing outstanding core academic instruction and access to information, guidance and learning resources. This program best meets the needs of students who have a high level of parent involvement, are motivated and independent.

Recently added as another Lieser Campus option for families is a Home School Support program. This program pairs parents who want to home-school their children with a certified teacher. Together, they will develop and monitor the student’s learning plan. Parents have access to VPS district resources and curriculum as well as the teacher. This program includes weekly check-ins, goal-setting and monthly assessment of student progress.

Last updated Aug. 21, 2020.

Homeschooling through VPS

Vancouver Home Connection at the Lieser Campus is a classroom-based parent-partnership program serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Home Connection faculty members collaborate with families to reach their educational goals by providing outstanding core academic instruction and access to information, guidance and learning resources. This program best meets the needs of students who have a high level of parent involvement, are motivated and independent.

Homeschooling outside of VPS

Some parents may elect to homeschool their children outside of the district. In accordance with state law, a parent planning to administer home-based instruction must complete an Intent to Homeschool form and submit it to the student welfare and attendance office. An Intent to Homeschool declaration must be completed yearly.

See the state’s requirements for home-based instruction (external link).

Last updated Jan. 5, 2021.

The Canvas learning management system will be used as the communication platform for student lessons, projects and activities. Direct instruction online, without students or names visible, will be recorded and posted daily on Canvas for families to access.

Canvas can be accessed through ClassLink.

Last updated Aug. 18, 2020.

Teachers are able to record and save Zoom sessions as long as no students are recorded. The recording default is to record the speaker.

Direct instruction online, without students or names visible, will be recorded and posted daily on Canvas for families to access. Log into Canvas via ClassLink.

Last updated Aug. 18, 2020.

School supply lists are available on our website. However, we recognize that during remote learning, students may not need or use all of these items. As you know your child best, please decide what supplies they are most likely to use based on their age, grade and class(es). If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher(s).

If you need help getting supplies, please contact a family-community resource coordinator.

 

Yes. Homeless Outreach Promoting Education—called HOPE—is a partnership between Vancouver Public Schools and local shelters in the community to help meet the needs of homeless families with school-aged children. Families should contact the HOPE staff for assistance.

If a student received services during the 2019-20 school year, they must contact the HOPE staff to continue receiving assistance in the 2020-21 school year.

How to reach HOPE staff

  • Phone: 360-313-1483
  • Homeless Liaison/Foster Care Liaison Melissa Newhouse: melissa.newhouse@vansd.org
  • Clerk Mary Logan: mary.logan@vansd.org (se habla Español)
  • Program Specialist Amanda Takish: amanda.takish@vansd.org

Grab-and-go meals will be offered Monday through Friday when school is in session. Students, parents or guardians can pick up meals from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Anderson Elementary, 2215 NE 104th
  • Fruit Valley Elementary, 3410 NW Fruit Valley Rd.
  • Ogden Elementary, 3200 NE 86th
  • Roosevelt Elementary, 2921 Falk Rd.
  • Washington Elementary, 2908 S. St.
  • Discovery Middle School, 800 E. 40th
  • Jason Lee Middle School, 8500 NW 9th
  • Marshall Elementary, 6400 MacArthur Blvd.

All children 18 years old or younger are eligible for free meals until at least June 16, 2021. However, we do ask you to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Families must apply every year.

Last updated Jan. 6, 2021.

For technical questions about using an iPad or Chromebook: Visit the remote learning support website or contact a school for technical assistance. See options for in-person tech support.

If a device is not working, please email student.support@vansd.org or call 360-313-5400.

ClassLink provides a single place for students to access their apps, including Canvas.

Log on to ClassLink

VPS began using ClassLink in response to parent, student and teacher feedback on the need to streamline online platforms.

Last updated Aug. 12, 2020.

Virtual Learning Academy has provided online learning to Vancouver students for more than 10 years. Instruction is provided through an online learning platform, Odysseyware. Each student is paired with an advising teacher who develops and monitors a student learning plan that is individualized to the student’s academic needs. Advising teachers are required to evaluate and communicate student academic progress monthly. Students can work at their own pace. Online classes are adaptive to what the student knows. There is also a weekly contact requirement about academic goals and progress. For grades 6-12 that contact is usually between teacher and student. For grades K-5, contact is between advising teacher and parent. Normally weekly contact requirements are met through weekly onsite, in-person labs, but for now will happen over Zoom. There are no in-person labs for K-5. Zoom meetings may be scheduled for K-5 students and/or parents as needed.

Remote learning is developed through the resident school by content area or grade-level teachers. For secondary schools, that means a student will be working with six or more individual teachers who are developing and teaching the content. Pacing is determined by the teacher, not the student. Curriculum is not necessarily modified or adjusted for student need. Students can participate in scheduled individual or small group Zoom sessions each week for direct instruction.

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Conferences will be held either in-person or remotely.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

For student devices that need repair, we ask that parents bring the device to the school the week of Aug. 17-21 to give us time to fix the device and return it to the family or swap it for a different device before school starts.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

We are planning for a mid- to late August device swap-out for students who transitioned from eighth to ninth grade. They will need to turn in their iPad and get a Chromebook. Students who transitioned from fifth to sixth grade will keep their iPad for the 2020-21 school year.

Students who are new to the district will have an opportunity to pick up a device in late August at their new schools.

More details are coming soon.

Parents of incoming kindergartners will be receiving their device from the school at which their child is registered. The principal will be sending out information on the dates for distribution.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Teachers will grade assignments based on Common Core state standards.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Your child’s school counselor can help you connect to resources to support your child’s mental and behavioral health. You can find staff email addresses on each school’s website.

VPS partners with several community mental and behavioral health agencies that provide services to students during the school day. Currently, providers are offering telehealth/teletherapy (face-to-face, live via Zoom). Children can use their district-issued device for these appointments.

Last updated Aug. 12, 2020.

See the schedules for remote learning.

Last updated Aug. 14, 2020.

For questions about remote learning content and how best to support a student, please email the teacher and/or principal. Email addresses can be found on school websites. All staff email addresses follow this format: firstname.lastname@vansd.org.

For technical questions about using an iPad or Chromebook: Visit the remote learning support website or contact a school for technical assistance. If a device is not working, please email student.support@vansd.org or call 360-313-5400.

Yes! Get the details on how to apply online for the Spanish/English Dual Language Program or Mandarin Language Learning Program.

Our grounds crew is mowing less frequently but is continuing to maintain school fields and grounds.

  • Mowing protects equipment. Allowing grasses to grow too much causes strain and equipment failure.
  • Mowing sustains healthier soil, preventing invasive species.
  • With irrigation season approaching, mowed grasses help staff members visually locate sprinkler heads and damaged irrigation lines.

Until the stay-home order is lifted, we are unable to schedule future building rentals.

Last updated April 16.

Families can find free food at several locations during the summer.

Las familias pueden obtener comida gratuita en diferentes lugares durante el verano.

Mei wor ekkóch neni famini ir mei tongeni nó ngeni ren ar repwe kúút áninis ren enér mwéngé nón ei summer (Suun-Akkos).

Last updated June 19. 

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