Governor Inslee announced that schools will be closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. However, Continuous Distance Learning will continue. College Place Public Schools will be sending out more information in the coming weeks about what this means for our students. Read a statement from OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal:
Governor Jay Inslee has extended the "Stay Home Stay Healthy" order and we fully expect that this means that we will stay closed through May 4th. Next week is Spring Break so that changes some things that you need to know:
There will not be any new assignments or lessons posted next week for Spring Break. "At-Home Learning" will resume April 13th.
There will not be meal service pickup or dropoff next week in CPPS. We are grateful to Walla Walla Public Schools for hosting our students for meal pickup at Blue Ridge, Garrison, or Prospect Point from 11:00-1:00 daily.
A survey has been posted for us to collect feedback on how we are doing at delivering "At-Home Learning" during the closure. We would appreciate your feedback to adjust what can be improved or to keep doing what we are doing well.
March 13, 2020
This message is to inform you that the College Place School District will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we expect the closure to extend through April 24. We will reevaluate any further closures during that time. This decision comes at the direction of the Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.
We want to reiterate that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the College Place School District at this time.
What This Means for Students
Today, Friday, March 13, students will be instructed to collect learning materials that they might need and bring home any personal items they might want while schools are closed.
Beginning on Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24, our schools will be closed to students. Our school buildings will continue to be open for staff and our district office will remain open for school district operations.
We are not currently planning to replace core instruction with online learning but rather we will provide additional activities that are made to provide students and parents with opportunities to extend and continue their learning beyond the classroom during the school closure. Student learning is an important journey and we want students to continue on their path.
More information about these additional learning opportunities will be shared in the coming days.
We are finalizing plans to support our families during the closure in the following ways:
Providing technology resources and technology support
Providing nutrition services
Providing childcare for our families of healthcare workers and first responders who need to continue working during our closure
We understand that this plan will create hardship for many families, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation.
Public Health Guidance
We encourage you to continue to follow existing guidelines to protect your own health.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends:
Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick
Stay home if sick
Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash, wash hands
Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces
We want to express our appreciation for the patience of our community as we work through the recommendation of our local and state health organizations and daily challenges COVID-19 has presented us.
MARCH 12, 2020
College Place Public Schools will be suspending all school-sponsored out-of-district student events effective immediately. This decision also suspends all student events hosted at College Place Public Schools where outside participants would be traveling into the community. This includes activities such as home and away athletic events, student field trips outside of our community, music concerts and contests, and other program-related competitions or events. Athletic practices will continue as scheduled.
“This decision came after local health officials issued a statement today recommending this action,” said Superintendent Jim Fry. “While this decision impacts our students and their ability to participate in important extracurricular activities, it is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.”
Information regarding rescheduling of activities and events will be made available when it is recommended by our local health experts that it is safe to do so.
“This is a very quickly changing situation that we are continuing to monitor it very closely. We will continue to follow the recommendations of our State and local health organizations.” Stated Fry.
College Place Public Schools will continue to follow its epidemic/pandemic response plan.
The district is preparing to implement additional measures if the crisis requires further action. While we are not at this point yet, schools across the state continue to close their doors and we recommend that parents begin to plan for the potential of a school closure.
“We want to remind everyone to stay calm and to stay safe during this time as we work to best respond to keep our community safe,” said Fry.
Everyone in the College Place School District is working hard to ensure that our schools are safe for our students and staff and that we fully prepared in light of this evolving situation with the COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus).
The World Health Organization announced today that the COVID-19 crisis is officially a pandemic. A simple definition of a pandemic is “many cases of an infectious disease in multiple parts of the world.” They also stated that it is not too late to act to take the necessary measures to keep people safe.
To assist in combating the spread of the virus, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced today that he is banning gatherings and events of 250 or more people. The ban currently only applies to King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties and does not apply to Walla Walla County.
At this time, the school district has not postponed or canceled any school events or activities. The current guidance from the Washington Department of Health does recommend social distancing for people at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 (Pregnant, over 60 years old, underlying medical condition, and/or immunocompromised).
The Washington Department of Health issued new guidance to schools about fevers and the amount of time students should stay at home:
“If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should stay home, away from others, until 72 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms get better.”
If your child has a fever, please plan on keeping them at home for 72 hours more after the fever ends. better.
This is a quickly changing situation and the College Place School District will continue to closely monitor it along with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health. Our top goal is to keep our students and staff safe and to continue to provide quality educational instruction.
In light of new information regarding a potential regional case and as the number of cases in the state continues to increase regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), this message provides updates to you on College Place Public School district operations.
College Place School District wants to share its preparedness, prevention, and information plans. Keeping our students, parents, staff, and community safe and informed is of the utmost importance at this time.
WHAT IS COLLEGE PLACE PUBLIC SCHOOLS DOING TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE?
Students are receiving student hygiene training, increased cleaning and sanitizing activities have been implemented for all school and bus touch surfaces using safe chemicals and electrostatic cleaners, additional safety measures, minimizing and cancellation of large-group events, and distancing student learning spaces to avoid unnecessary contact.
CPPS utilizes the recommended hand soap in all schools and locations and will check regularly to ensure adequate supplies are readily available. Hand sanitizer will be available in locations without immediate access to handwashing stations.
Additional staff and strategies will be implemented ongoing to support these activities.
HOW DOES THE COLLEGE PLACE PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAKE DECISIONS WITH RESPECT TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK?
The Washington State Department of Health is the lead agency in public health crisis situations in our state and provides school districts direction on how to manage responses.
We are continuing to work closely with the Washington State Department of Health and the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health so we can respond quickly to any changes in their recommendations, guidance, and direction.
WILL COLLEGE PLACE PUBLIC PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSE SCHOOLS?
CPPS will work closely with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health and the Washington State Department of Health and rely on their recommendations to close schools.
WHEN WOULD COLLEGE PLACE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSE SCHOOLS?
If a case of COVID-19 is found in the College Place School District, we will follow directions from public health officials, which may include closing schools and canceling activities and sporting events.
It is likely, at a minimum, that College Place Public Schools would close any affected school for at least one day for disinfection. An affected school would only be open after we are satisfied that it is safe for students and staff to return to school.
In addition, the district’s custodial and maintenance programs continue to emphasize and implement best practices in cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing methods.
WHAT CAN I DO NOW?
College Place School District is encouraging our parents to have plans in place, especially for those with younger children. Actions to take include:
Finding alternative childcare arrangements for your children in case of school closure.
Talking to your neighbors and other parents in your child’s school about sharing childcare duties if your children are well but the school is closed.
Talking to your employer about policies for working from home or shifting work schedules or responsibilities if schools are dismissed or you become sick.
Stay home if you are sick.
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.
This guidance is likely to change as this situation evolves, so please know we are committed to providing you with timely updates and guidance aligned with the best recommendations and guidance from our public health authorities.