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 below for a list of free or low cost immunization clinics for students preparing for the coming school year.

Free and Low Cost Immunization Clinics (English)

Clínicas de Inmunizaciones Gratis o de Bajo Costo (Spanish)

2019 год Клиники, где можно сделать недорогие и бесплатные вакцины для школы (Russian)

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, which contains a consent to share eligibility form, and then fill out the Free/Reduced Meal Application Form.

  Free/Reduced Meal Application Form

NEW AND NOW AVAILABLE!
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.

Solicitud Para Recibir Comida Gratis en Español:

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 for 2019-2020

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 Lists for 2019-2020

Special Note for Buses 55 and 30 – due to construction on Blair Road, students will be using alternate pickup/drop off locations near the Blair & Zeek Road intersection, or the Washougal River Road and Blair Road Intersection.  Transportation staff are contacting families impacted by the construction, which is anticipated to wrap up in mid-September.

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

Canyon Creek –  Back to School Night – August 22, 2019, 4:30 Orientation & Tour for 6th grade and any new students; 5:00-6:00 PM Open for all students to pick up schedules, pay fees, and meet teachers


Cape Horn-Skye – Back to School Night / Curriculum Night – August 22, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 PM.

  • Cape Horn-Skye Kindergarten Orientation August 7, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Columbia River Gorge Elementary Welcome Back to School Event/Supply Drop Off – August 26, 2019, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Columbia River Gorge Elementary Kindergarten Visitation for Parents & Students –August 22, 2019, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Gause – Open House – August 22, 2019, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Gause Kindergarten Orientation – TBD

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

  • Hathaway Kindergarten Orientation -August 16, 2019, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Kinder Staggered Start -August 16, 2019 from 1:00-3:30pm; August 19, 2019, 9:00-11:30am; and August 19th, 12:30-3:00pm

JMS – Back to School Night -August 22, 2019 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


WHS – Back to School Event and Open House-  Monday, August 26, 2019:   Student Pictures, ASB Cards & Chromebook Deployment see info below:

August 26, 2019 WHS Back to School Event and Open House Itinerary

9:30-11:30 Freshman Orientation (9th grade only) 

  • ASB Welcome
  • Team Building and Rotations
  • Students will have their pictures taken and receive their ID Cards
  • Students will receive their Chromebooks (must have your current ID card to receive CB)
  • Pay fees/fines
  • Sign up for ASB
11:30-12 BBQ Lunch for Freshman Only 
  • Freshman can stay for Open House @ 12 to meet their teachers and find their classes
12:00-2:30 OPEN HOUSE and Back to School Event (families welcome!) 
  • Students and families will be able to meet their teachers and find classrooms
  • Students will have their pictures taken and receive their ID Cards
  • Students will receive their Chromebooks (must have your current ID card to receive CB)
  • Pay fees/fines
  • Sign up for ASB
  • Students should come during their grade level time (Below) to keep lines manageable
    • 12:00-1:00 9th and 10th Grade
    • 1:00-2:00 11th Grade
    • 1:30-2:30 12th Grade 

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.

 

 

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