District News

Summer athletes abide by 10-person gathering rule

Students and coaches who use OSD fields and/or indoor athletic facilities as part of the voluntary summer sports program will meet in groups no larger than 10 people to comply with Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent update to Phase 3 social gatherings.
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Superintendent Message: Fall 2020 School Reopening

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services announced today that based on current levels of COVID-19 in our community, it does not recommend school districts open for in-person learning this September. As a result, we will begin school on September 9 in a full-time distance learning model.
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Access to John Rogers property restricted Aug. 1

Beginning August 1, 2020 a temporary fence will be installed and access limited to the former John Rogers Elementary School property as workers prepare the building for demolition. ​ Voters authorized the demolition of the former school as part of the 2016 school bond. Demolition is necessary as the building cannot be occupied without costly repairs to meet building codes in areas such as fire safety, insulation, seismic, heating and air conditioning, lighting, and Americans with Disability Act requirements. Even then, it would be an inadequate education space due to the aging infrastructure.
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Schedule Chromebook pick-up

​Do you have a student who will be enrolled in the Olympia School District next year, but don't have an OSD issued Chromebook? Please schedule a time to get one here. ​ If you don't have internet access at home, call our family technical support line at (360) 596-8530 and we can help get you a wifi hotspot to borrow for the year.
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ORLA: Donate Blood at our Pop-up Donor Center

Bloodworks Northwest will transform the main Gym at Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA) into a Pop-Up Donor Center providing additional opportunities for people to give blood. First-time and repeat donors are urged to make their one-hour donation appointment today as a safe and essential action.
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Free Summer Meals Program

The Olympia School District is distributing free grab-and-go meals this summer to students and youth, including lunch and breakfast for the following morning, at designated schools and community sites.
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School Board approves 2020-21 budget

The Olympia School Board has unanimously agreed to adopt a $250.4 million budget for the 2020-21 school year. The budget approved by the board on June 22 represents $159 for operating resources and $67 million for capital investments, including the $8.5 million technology levy approved by voters in 2018. Remaining resources are devoted to the Associated Student Body fund, Debt Services fund and Transportation Vehicle fund.
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Supplemental Learning Resources

For now, to support families during this challenging time amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, we have compiled a menu of resources for students and families to access at home during the time schools are closed in Olympia. We have intentionally provided a variety of options, many of which do not require screen time once accessed. This list will expand in the coming weeks.
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Fall 2020 School Reopening Plans

Planning is underway to address the question on many people’s minds: What will fall 2020 look like in our schools? ​ Olympia has formed two planning teams to begin mapping out needs for various scenarios this fall. One of the groups is addressing academic needs, and the other is looking at how we could safely operate school inside our physical buildings. As always, we will continue to follow guidance from the governor, health departments and education officials.
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