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Washington State University sues insurance provider for $63 million to cover COVID-19 costs

August 19, 2021, 7:36am Latest News

Washington State University wants its insurance provider to pay $63 million more to cover its costs responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

Kindergarten teacher Pam Younkin guides students on the appropriate voice levels for the classroom at Sifton Elementary School in September. Evergreen will expand summer school offerings to students in all grades, including 1,800 elementary students signed up for June and August summer school.

Washington teacher union backs vaccination mandate

Kindergarten teacher Pam Younkin guides students on the appropriate voice levels for the classroom at Sifton Elementary School in September. Evergreen will expand summer school offerings to students in all grades, including 1,800 elementary students signed up for June and August summer school.

August 18, 2021, 8:24pm Clark County News

With the COVID-19 vaccine now a job requirement in Washington, teachers and other school staff must be vaccinated by mid-October or lose their jobs. Read story

From left: Battle Ground schools superintendent Denny Waters; Vancouver Public Schools incoming superintendent Jeff Snell and Evergreen Public Schools superintendent Mike Merlino (File photos)

COVID presents Clark County schools chiefs with obstacles and opportunity

From left: Battle Ground schools superintendent Denny Waters; Vancouver Public Schools incoming superintendent Jeff Snell and Evergreen Public Schools superintendent Mike Merlino (File photos)

August 15, 2021, 6:05am Clark County News

Jeff Snell last taught high school math in 2003, but problem-solving has continued throughout his journey in public education. Read story

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Gov. Jay Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon.

Washington schools chief seeks employee vaccination directive

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal talks to the media about the decision to close schools in three counties in response to COVID-19, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. All public and private K-12 schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be closed for six weeks, and Gov. Jay Inslee said there could be closures in more counties soon.

August 13, 2021, 7:42am Latest News

Washington’s state superintendent sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday “strongly encouraging” him to require coronavirus vaccinations for all public school employees, citing the governor’s vaccine mandate for all state workers and hundreds of thousands of health care workers. Read story

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal

Key educators support a vaccine mandate for teachers in Washington

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal

August 12, 2021, 7:39am Latest News

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, a growing number of elected officials, education leaders and health experts in Washington and around the country are voicing support for a vaccine requirement for teachers and staff in public schools. Read story

Ridgefield’s Presley McCaskill adjusts her mask during a timeout on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at Ridgefield High School. Ridgefield won 25-20, 25-9, 25-12 over Mark Morris in its first volleyball match since winning the 2A State Championship in fall 2019.

State department of health says prep athletes don’t have to wear masks during competition

Ridgefield’s Presley McCaskill adjusts her mask during a timeout on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at Ridgefield High School. Ridgefield won 25-20, 25-9, 25-12 over Mark Morris in its first volleyball match since winning the 2A State Championship in fall 2019.

August 11, 2021, 5:59pm Latest News

Mask wearing will not be required for fall sports competitors in high school sports, according to updated health guidelines released Wednesday by the Washington State Department of Health. Read story

Tobias Merriweather, an incoming senior at Union High School, in navy blue, joins loved ones on stage at Union High School after announcing he will play college football at Notre Dame on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2021.

Union’s Tobias Merriweather announces he will attend Notre Dame

Tobias Merriweather, an incoming senior at Union High School, in navy blue, joins loved ones on stage at Union High School after announcing he will play college football at Notre Dame on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 4, 2021.

August 4, 2021, 3:25pm Latest News

Dom Merriweather’s face beamed with joy speaking about his only son’s journey that led up to Wednesday — the day Tobias Merriweather announced his commitment to play college football at one of the nation’s premier programs and elite academic institutions. Read story

Michelle Belkot and Sandra Zavala-Ortega were leading in vote totals for Vancouver School District, Position No. 2, on election night.

Vancouver school board race close in early returns

Michelle Belkot and Sandra Zavala-Ortega were leading in vote totals for Vancouver School District, Position No. 2, on election night.

August 3, 2021, 10:01pm Clark County News

Just 64 votes separate the top candidates vying for a seat on the Vancouver school board. Read story

Vancouver parent Traicy Bernal looks at an iPad during Evergreen Public Schools' surplus sale on Friday. Bernal, an employee and parent in Vancouver Public Schools, said she arrived 40 minutes before door opened at 9 a.m. Friday to seek out electronics.

Evergreen schools investigating issues after district surplus sale

Vancouver parent Traicy Bernal looks at an iPad during Evergreen Public Schools' surplus sale on Friday. Bernal, an employee and parent in Vancouver Public Schools, said she arrived 40 minutes before door opened at 9 a.m. Friday to seek out electronics.

August 2, 2021, 1:42pm Clark County News

Evergreen Public Schools is investigating why some iPads and Chromebooks sold to the public at last week’s surplus sale were not properly disconnected from the district's content management system.  Read story

Washington teens think students deserve voting rights on the state’s highest educational board

August 2, 2021, 7:40am Latest News

High-school students McKenna Roberts and Pavan Venkatakrishnan come from very different places in Washington state. But on many things, these two members of the Washington Board of Education agree. Read story