Why are Washougal Schools closed and for how long?

Washougal School District is following the Stay Home Stay Healthy order by Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee. He has required all schools in the State of Washington to be closed and use distance learning through at least the end of the 2019-20 school year. This is to allow for social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and state. (April 8)

What frequency of information are you planning on?

The district is working to communicate directly with parents and staff to make sure they have the most up-to-date information as we learn it. Those communications will come via email and Skyward channels. Please check our website regularly for updates.

Specific information about distance learning and your students will be coming regularly, directly from your school principals and teachers. They will use email, Skyward and text messages. (April 8)

Will students be held back, or in the same grade next year?

No, students will enter the next grade just like they do in a normal year.  We will find creative ways to help students make progress through the end of the year and ensure they’re ready to move up.

Where is the district getting direction?

District leadership is communicating regularly with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Department of Health, to ensure we have accurate information to share with parents, staff and students. (April 8)

How will graduation be impacted?

It is unknown at this point how the Class of 2020 will be celebrated.  But we do know they will!  A final decision related to our graduation ceremony will be made by the high school leadership in coordination with students in the class of 2020, staff and families. (April 8)

What support is available for Seniors for next steps after graduation?

High school seniors will receive support from principals, counselors, and their senior teachers on opportunities to earn credits needed for post-secondary transitions. We are working closely with the state’s college system to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. Be assured that we are working on plans to make sure that every senior on track can graduate without it impacting their future goals. (April 18)

Is the district office open?

A core team of essential DO staff is working through this time at the district office.  We have social distancing protocols in place and anyone who can work from home is being asked to for the safety of our employees.

What about building rentals? Can we still use schools in off-hours?

All events in our schools have been canceled or postponed. For more information you can contact Community Education at


Page updated April 17, 2020


Where can I go for more resources and information on COVID-19

Clark County Public Health

Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction


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