Camas community members will soon have a chance to weigh in on the local school district’s hunt for a new superintendent.
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.
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.
‘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.
As they head into a third school year impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, students and staff will need to mask up and continue to follow other COVID safety precautions this fall.
In the weeks following a heated May 10 Camas School Board meeting featuring a group of vocal Camas-area residents who railed against the school district’s “woke” agenda, COVID-19 mask mandates, remote learning and racial justice and equity programs, dozens of Camas parents have written letters and spoken out in defense of the school district and its elected school board officials.
One year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced local school districts to reimagine high school graduation ceremonies, seniors from Camas, Hayes Freedom and Washougal high schools’ class of 2021 gathered for in-person commencement ceremonies.
A Washougal high school senior, the chair of the Camas School District’s Citizens Advisory Committee and a group that dedicated itself to passing school levies for Camas students are among those the Washington Association of School Administrators recently honored with its 2021 awards recognizing educational administrators and community members who have made extraordinary contributions to K-12 education in their communities.