VPS this week: 1/29/21
Hybrid learning plans for middle and high schools presented
Planning for a transition to hybrid learning is underway for students in middle and high school. The timing of the transition is dependent on COVID-19 case rates in Clark County.
The state's guidelines recommend positive cases be below 350 per 100,000 for middle schools to start hybrid learning. High school students would begin hybrid schedules when cases drop below 200 per 100,000.
The draft plan was shared with the VPS board of directors at the Jan. 26 meeting.
More information will be provided to parents by middle and high schools. A survey will be sent on Feb. 2 for parents of students in grades 6-8. The survey will close Feb. 7.
High school athletics to resume Feb. 1
Sports considered low risk are the first to be cleared for practice and competition. These include boys golf, boys tennis and boys and girls cross country. Team sizes are not restricted; however, practice times may be limited or scheduled on a rotating basis to allow physical distancing.
Vaccinations for school employees
Washington state is in Phase I B, Tier 1 of its vaccination schedule. This includes people who are 65 and older, and people who are 50 and older who also live in a multigenerational household. School employees are included in Phase IB, Tier 2 and 4. The start date for vaccinating people in Tiers 2 and 4 hasn’t been announced, and it is dependent on vaccine supply.
Vaccines are distributed and become available by the state you live in, state where you work, and/or through your healthcare provider.
- VPS high school seniors and parents/guardians: If you are planning to attend a community college, university or trade school next fall, you will need to complete a financial aid application (FAFSA or WASFA) to be considered for financial aid and many scholarships. Learn more and sign up for a Feb. 4 virtual financial aid event.
- VPS high schoolers are invited to attend a virtual college fair. Get the dates and details. Note: Feb. 6 event has been postponed.
- Apply for in-district boundary exceptions. New requests for the 2021-22 school year are now being accepted electronically.
- Applications are now being accepted for magnet programs and programs of choice that provide learning options for students in sixth through 12th grades.
- Are you prepared for winter weather?