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January 20, 2021

Reopening Schools – Updated Guidance

Download article as PDF. After studying emerging data from other states, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) revised the metrics for when local school districts should consider bringing students back into school buildings,1 and comprehensive health and safety measures for how to resume once it is deemed safe.2 Schools must also follow guidance in…
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Category: Advocacy

September 23, 2020

12 Tips for ADA Compliance in Electronic Meetings and Events

PTA Inclusion. Now More Than Ever. For electronic meetings and events, PTAs still must provide accommodations for individuals with disabilities, under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and Washington’s Law Against Discrimination (WLAD). There is more information about both of those laws and how they impact local PTAs and councils in this blog post. Below…
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Category: Leadership



August 19, 2020

A Teacher’s Thoughts on the Upcoming Year

Guest post provided by Amy Campbell, 2020 Washington state Teacher of the Year Hello fellow PTA members, My name is Amy Campbell. I am a Special Education teacher in the Camas School District, and the 2020 Washington state Teacher of the Year. I was honored to attend the Washington State PTA conference in May to…
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Category: Education

August 18, 2020

New Guidance on Reopening Schools – What Families Need to Know

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal, Governor’s Policy Adviser Maddy Thompson, and Department of Health’s COVID response director Lacy Fehrenbach met with WSPTA members for a webinar on August 10. The main topics for the hour-long event included the new school reopening framework and answers to questions about serving all students, meal service, childcare, and tracking attendance.…
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Category: Education



August 10, 2020

Finding Value in PTA When the Kids Are Learning at Home

Membership is more important now than ever before simply because of the many benefits that PTA brings to every member of the community. At the local level, PTAs give members a stronger way to advocate for children, youth, and families within the school. PTAs offer enrichment programs, parenting supports, friendship opportunities, and fun. Don’t forget…
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Category: Membership

August 6, 2020

Reopening Schools Health Metrics

On August 5, Governor Jay Inslee announced recommendations for health metrics to help guide local public health departments and school districts making decisions about how to reopen schools in the fall. In addition to the press conference, which can be viewed on TVW, here is the 5-page decision tree.
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Category: Advocacy