Following an 18-month stretch of shuttered school buildings, remote learning, hybrid classes, mask mandates and canceled sports seasons, the start of the 2021-22 school year was never going to be completely “normal” for Camas-Washougal students.
Officials in the Washougal School District leaders say they realize the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll not just on students and families, but also on their own teachers and staff.
Keeping Their Distance: For many Camas families, ‘back to school’ in 2021-22 will not include a school building
While most Camas-Washougal families with K-12 students returned to five full days of in-person instruction this week, some have opted to remain remote.
The Washougal Police Department is going back to school.
The Washougal School District is projecting an enrollment of 2,992 students for the upcoming school year, 214 more than it had at the end the 2020-21 school year.
‘Safety is the most important thing’: Local teachers union presidents react to state’s new COVID-19 mandates
Presidents of the local Camas and Washougal teachers union recently weighed in on a new state mandate requiring all K-12 school teachers, staff, coaches, bus drivers and volunteers be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Oct. 18 or lose their jobs.
The Camas School Board this week approved a $132 million 2021-22 budget that includes using $6.5 million out of fund balances to make up for revenue shortfalls caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, decreased student enrollment and COVID-19 relief funds that were disproportionately low compared to similarly sized school districts in Washington.
The Washougal School Board resumed in-person meetings this month for the first time since a May 25 school board meeting ended in disruption and police citations against three community members.