Back to School Information

In order to make it easier to find back to school information you need to get ready for the first day of school, we’ve gathered all the information onto this page.

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 27, 2019.  Bus routes should be available via Skyward by August 20.  Bus routes are revised each year, so please check the bus routes for your child’s school to find their pick-up time. Students should be at their bus stop 5 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time, and you can expect that there could be small delays on the first day of school as students and drivers get settled into their routine.

School Offices will reopen August 13, 2019, and will be open from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Please check your school’s website for specific information and updates.

Tdap Vaccine Required for Students Starting 6th Grade

Special note for parents of students in 5th-10th grades: All children attending 6th grade must show proof of: Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccination if he or she is 11 years old and it has been five years since he or she received a tetanus-containing vaccine, like DTaP or a tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster. All students who just finished 5th grade will need to receive the Tdap vaccination prior to starting 6th grade.

If your child is in grades 6-10 and they have not received this vaccination, he or she will need to do so as soon as possible. Students who do not receive the required immunizations or provide exemption information will be excluded from school starting on October 9, 2019.

Click here for a list of all state required immunizations for students in schools in the state of Washington for 2019-2020

Please click here for a list of free or low cost immunization clinics for students preparing for the coming school year.  (coming soon)

Change to MMR Vaccine Requirement in 2019-2020

The Washington State Legislature has removed the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR vaccine required for school and child care attendance.  Medical and religious exemptions are not affected by this new law, which goes into effect 7-28-2019.  If your child previously had a personal or philosophical exemption, you will need to provide updated immunization paperwork before the first day of school, August 27, 2019.

New Free/Reduced Application for 2019-2020

Families who wish to continue receiving free or reduced price meals must submit a new Free & Reduced Meal Application each school year by the 30th day of school. For 2018-2019 year, October 8th is the 30th day of the school year. Any students receiving free or reduced meals on a carry over from 2018-2019, who have not turned in a new form, will be charged full price starting on 10/09/2019. Families with questions about their application or who need assistance should contact Julie Ferguson at the District Office, 360-954-3000.  Please read the letter to households for more information.

You may now apply for free and reduced price meals online, through Family Access!
Once you are logged into Family Access, click the Food Service tab on the left.  Select one of your students, then click the word Applications near the top of the page on the right. Click Add Application and follow instructions.

Letter and Form in Spanish:
2019–2020 solicitud de grupo familiar para recibir comidas gratuitas y de precio reducido | 2019–2020 Carta a los Grupos Familiares para Programa Nacional de Almuerzo Escolar/Programa de Desayuno Escolar

Food prices for the 2019-2020 School Year

A chart of food prices is available here. Increased meal prices help cover the costs associated with complying with new federal nutrition guidelines and also help reduce the amount that the district is subsidizing the food program. Prices have increased on most full price student meals by $.05. for the 2019-20 school year.

Bus Routes will be posted in mid August!

After mid-August, please make sure to check WESPaC Family Access (directions below) to check your child’s pickup and drop-off times.  You can find a link to Skyward on the Washougal School District home page under the Parents menu, using the option Parent access to student information. If you have never used the Skyward Family Access, you can get your username and password from the office at your child’s school.

Log onto Skyward Family Access with your personal username and password then follow the link to Bus info.

Bus Route 2019-2020

  • Cape Horn-Skye Elementary & Canyon Creek MS Bus Routes 2019-2020
  • Columbia River Gorge Elementary Bus Routes 2019-2020
  • Gause Elementary Bus Routes 2019-2020
  • Hathaway Elementary Bus Routes 2019-2020
  • Jemtegaard MS Bus Routes 2019-2020
  • WHS Bus Routes 2019-2020


2019-2020 School Year Calendar (board adopted version posted 2-12-2019)

Canyon Creek –  Back to School Night – August 23, 2018, 4:00-6:00 PM

Cape Horn-Skye – Back to School Night / Curriculum Night – August 23, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

  • Cape Horn-Skye Kindergarten Orientation August 15, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Columbia River Gorge Elementary Welcome Back to School Event/Supply Drop Off – August 27, 2018, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Columbia River Gorge Elementary Kindergarten Visitation for Parents & Students –August 23, 2018, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Gause – Open House – August 23, 2018, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (please note updated time)

  • Gause Kindergarten Orientation -August 21, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM (please note updated time)

Hathaway – Back to School Night and Curriculum Night -August 22, 2019, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

  • Hathaway Kindergarten Orientation -August 16, 2018, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Kinder Staggered Start -August 16, 1:00-3:30pm; August 19th, 9:00-11:30am; and August 19th, 12:30-3:00pm

JMS – Back to School Night -August 23, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

WHS – WHS Chromebook Pick-Up – Monday, August 27, 2018:   Student Pictures, ASB Cards & Chromebook Deployment starting at 8:00 am

  • Students begin in the WHS Commons by paying ASB fee, get picture taken and receive ASB ID card and then pick-up their Chromebooks
    • Seniors from 8:00 am – 9:30 am
    • Juniors from 9:15 am – 11:00 am
    • Sophomores from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • Freshman from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Washougal High School – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Schedule
7:50 AM – 2:20 PM
1:40 PM For Wednesday 40 min early release

Jemtegaard Middle School – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Schedule
8:04 AM – 2:35 PM
1:55 PM for Wednesday 40 min early release

Canyon Creek Middle School – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Schedule
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
1:50 PM for Wednesday 40 min early release

Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Schedule
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
1:50 PM for Wednesday 40 min early release

Columbia River Gorge Elementary School – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Schedule
9:10 AM – 3:40 PM
3:00 PM for Wednesday 40 min early release

Gause Elementary School – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Schedule
9:10 AM – 3:40 PM
3:00 PM for Wednesday 40 min early release

Hathaway Elementary School – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Schedule
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
2:50 PM for Wednesday 40 min early release

Hathaway Elementary – Early Learning Program  – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday Schedule
AM class 8:55 AM – 11:25 AM
PM class 12:55 PM – 3:25 PM
No classes on Wednesdays

Cascadia Tech Academy
(formerly Clark County Skills Center)
7:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Parents and Guardians:  If there is a 2 or 3 hour late start for snow or facility issues, please add 2 or 3 hours respectively to your child’s normal bus pick-up time in the morning.  On days with a late start, school will end at the same time as usual unless the late start falls on a Wednesday, in which case there will not be an early release.

For Fall & Spring Conference week, the last day of school for all schools, and for senior project days, early release will be 3 hours early.

Printable version of the bell schedule:  2019-2020 Bell Schedule for All Schools (pdf)



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