Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Phone: 509.394.2352

 

Issue & Planning Efforts


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Udate March 13, 2020
Suspension of Sports

Update March 11, 2020

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Recommended Prevention Measures

The Department of Health advises school districts to take the same preventative measures it normally would to prevent the spread of viruses during the regular cold and flu season. Common preventative measures recommended for students include:

  • Staying home when they are sick and/or running a fever.
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Advising persons to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
  • Urging students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.
  • Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional hand-washing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.

Information and Resources

More information about COVID-19 can be accessed by calling the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 or our local Walla Walla Department of Community Health at 509-524-2650.


The Walla Walla County Health Department has a new Hot Line for questions about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm

(509) 524-2647

News Updates

School Closure
Touchet School District to close for the remainder of the year per Governor Inslee proclamation. 

Location Information

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District/Secondary
90 Champion Street 
P.O. Box 135 
Touchet, WA 99360 
Phone 509.394.2352
Fax 509.394.2952

Elementary
Phone 509.394.2922
Fax 509.394.2924

Superintendent Message

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As the 2019-20 school year comes to a close, we want to again thank you for your support and partnership in providing continuous distance learning for students and provide you with an update on our reopening planning for fall 2020. 

On June 11, we shared the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s “Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide.” Our goal is to develop a fall reopening plan for students to return to face-to-face instruction. We have been and will continue to work throughout the next several weeks to address all aspects of the reopening plan.

Committees of administrators and staff are convening to assess needs and develop plans that address health and safety, teaching and learning, social-emotional learning, and facilities aspects of our reopening plan. We will be continuing to periodically update families and seek your input on our reopening plans throughout the summer.

Based on conversations we’ve had with parents, we feel it is important to highlight two of the specific mandates from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), which districts and schools are required to follow as a condition of their reopening plan. 

One of the DOH mandates for reopening includes the requirement that “all students, staff, volunteers and guests must wear cloth face coverings in K-12 settings.” We heard from many of you about your level of concern with the face covering requirement. We appreciate knowing that this mandate is a concern for families.

Please understand that the district and Board do not have the authority to modify this requirement. This requirement is from the Washington State DOH, and therefore any modification of the requirement would need to come from them. 

Another DOH mandate for reopening is to “maintain a minimum six-foot separation between all employees, students and others to the maximum extent feasible.” Districts are being directed to plan for 36 square feet of classroom seating space per student. We are in the process of assessing our classroom and school spaces to determine how we will be able to meet this distancing requirement. 

Please know that we are doing our very best to plan with the goal of resuming face-to-face instruction in the fall, knowing that we must meet the requirements of the Department of Health.

We miss our students, and we are committed to doing everything within our power to reopen schools and resume face-to-face instruction in the fall. We plan to update families on our progress in mid-July. 

We wish you and your family a happy, safe, and restful summer!

Mr. Elizondo
Superintendent, Touchet School District

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