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Announcements:

Updated Tutoring Locations and Protocols
Dear Parents/Guardians:
The tutoring program has some new locations due to the number of students attending evening tutoring.  All secondary students grades 6-12 will attend tutoring at Housel Middle School in the South Gym, all elementary students will continue to attend tutoring at Bethel Church.  All sessions will be Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  
Masks must still be worn at all locations.  If you recently traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday or attended a large gathering, we are asking that you refrain from tutoring for two weeks per health guidelines.  Your safety and the safety of all participants is our priority.
Before attending tutoring, we will require the attestation to be filled out on Skyward each day that your student attends tutoring.  Directions on how to fill out the attestation are located on our website.  If you have any questions please feel free to call 509-786-2881 x 2612.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

A message from our Superintendent
PSD Parents;
I want to update you on some of the progress that we have made toward reopening and to reiterate some guidance and information that will inform our decisions moving forward. As you recall, our anticipated return to onsite schooling was set for the beginning of the second trimester, December 8th. We have been working toward that date, but we would be remiss if we did not inform you of current conditions facing the district and our community. 
Our current efforts in moving toward a full hybrid model include:
•Providing in-person tutoring
•Providing virtual schooling, technology, and hotspots to nearly all students
•Providing specialty services to qualifying students
•Providing athletic practice/activities
•Providing additional supplemental supports for students and parents
New guidance and data have been presented to all school districts and the citizens of Washington  that will impact our ability to return to in-person instruction.  The guidance and data conflict with our efforts to quickly reopen.
To provide as much transparency as possible, I will touch on each of the considerations briefly:
•On Thursday, November 12th, Governor Inslee asked residents to stay home during Thanksgiving.   This included asking residents to voluntarily quarantine for two weeks if they travel out-of-state or have guests from out-of-state. 
•On Sunday, November 15th, Governor Inslee rolled back many of the approved Phase 2 activities that communities and business were engaged in. 
•On November 24th, Governor Inslee addressed Washington about the exponential growth in transmission of CoVid-19  and its increasing burden on our hospitals and medical staffs. 
•The WIAA Executive Board voted to amend the current season schedule for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, opting to delay the start of WIAA Season 2 to February 1st and  to shorten each WIAA Season to seven weeks. 
•The Benton-Franklin Health District offered amended communication to school districts imploring us to pause reopening measures at the secondary (grades 6-12) level. 
•School systems in our region have chosen to close or delay reopening. 
•Locally, we have observed an increase in exposures and cases within our region, community, and district.  
It is uncertain how this information will impact our decision-making or how circumstances may change in the next few days.  We will continue to work through the details of bringing students back and will aim to do so as soon as it is safely possible. For more information, please review our COVID-19 page, where there is information from Benton-Franklin Health District, a drafted timeline, a transitional model to hybrid learning, and our reopening plan.
Please stay safe this holiday season.  We want nothing more than to see our classrooms return to the vibrant, happy places of learning they once were.  We all need to count on each other to make this happen.
Matt Ellis 

Special Announcement

Due to the holiday break, there will not be any tutoring for this week.  We will resume tutoring on Tuesday December 1st after the break.  Please be sure to check the website for important updates and notifications about our tutoring program.  For families affected by the closure of the boys and girls club, please contact 509-786-2881 X (2612) after the holiday break for guidance on available resources.  Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving from all of us at Prosser School District!
A message from our Food Service Department
The busses will be on regular routes Tuesday, November 24 with 3 days of delivered meals. No busses will deliver food on Thursday, November 26 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will be back to our normal drop off schedule starting next week, Tuesday, December 1.
Grab and Go Meals will be available Monday and Tuesday this week at KRV and HMS with 2 days of meals due to Thanksgiving Holiday. We will be back to our normal pickup schedule at KRV and HMS starting next week, Monday, November 30.
If you have any questions please call Child Nutrition at 509-786-2848 or the Bus Garage at 509-786-2630.
Thank you for your support.

A message from our Curriculum Department
Dear Prosser Community,
We are excited to announce that we are taking nominations for the 2020 Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Education and we would like to invite students, parents and the Prosser community to nominate a Prosser School District teacher who made a positive impact on your life or the life of your child.  The nomination is open for current PSD teachers.
The Crystal Apple Award is celebrating it’s 23rd year and was initiated in 1999 by Dr. John Umbarger, the program was established to honor the education profession as a whole by identifying a few of the many individuals who have a positive impact on the lives and futures of their students.  This award program has now recognized 241 teachers and is sponsored by community service groups, local businesses, and individuals who want to recognize and show their appreciation for the thousands of outstanding teachers in area public schools.  The school districts that participate in the Crystal Apple Award are:  Columbia (Burbank), Finely, Kennewick, Kiona-Benton, North Franklin, Othello, Pasco, Prosser and Richland.  Each school nominates one teacher or teacher team and then the one teacher or teacher team is selected from the group.  
The Prosser Crystal Apple Nomination form is attached and has additional information.  If you would like to nominate a deserving teacher (who is currently employed by the PSD), please complete the attached form and return it to the PSD Curriculum Office no later than 3:00pm on Monday, December 7, 2020. 
Sincerely,
Deanna K. Flores
Assistant Superintendent
Curriculum and Instruction 

Crystal Apple Award Nomination Packet

2nd Harvest Moblie Market


Moblie Market 2nd Harvest Flyer - English
Mobile Market 2nd Harvest Flyer - Spanish

It's more than a Meal Application
Our meal application affects many areas. PSD asks that ALL families complete our meal applications to ensure continued funding to support ALL students in our district. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Meal Application Flyer

Important Message from the Assistant Superintendent:

Dear parents/guardians,
The Prosser School District is excited to offer free meal delivery services to our students who do not reside within walking distance of our schools. Students within walking distance will be able to pick up meals at Housel Middle School, Keene Riverview Elementary and Prosser High School from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday – Friday on school days.
In order for the district to provide meals for students, parents must complete a 'Consent for Home Delivery' form. Meals will be delivered to your bus stop starting Tuesday, September 8th. Delivery will be at your normal bus pick-up time with an “air honk” from the bus driver to let you know they’ve arrived (please allow some time as this is a new process and timing might not be perfect).
If you are able to print this form and have it completed, you can give it to the bus driver when they arrive with meals. If you are unable to print, there will be extra copies available on the buses for parents to complete when meals arrive the first day. If parents are unavailable on the first day of meal delivery, the driver will leave a copy for completion and pick it up on the next delivery date.
After this Tuesday and Thursday delivery, meals will be delivered every Tuesday with Tuesday and Wednesday meals, and delivered again on Thursday for Thursday, Friday and Monday meals. This will be the setup until we are able to establish our regular rotation.
We hope to see you all at meal delivery!
Deanna Flores
Assistant Superintendent   

June 15, 2020 

Dear Families, 
Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children may be eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program. 
P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for the cost of meals while school was
closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades k-12 who receive free or reduced­price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries.
If your family has lost income since schools closed, you may be eligible for free or reduced¬≠price school meals. You can find out if you are eligible and how to apply by calling Child Nutrition at (509) 786-2848 or go online to www.prosserschools.org. 
Every eligible child may receive up to a maximum of $399 of P-EBT. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT - it is not Basic Food and will not count in a public charge test. P-EBT is intended to replace meals missed while schools closed due to COVID-19. Children are allowed to get free meals from school and community sites and get P-EBT at the same time - they are separate programs.
If your family does not receive Basic Food, you must apply for P-EBT if you want to receive the funds. The application will be open by June 30. There are two ways to apply: 
Go to: www.WashingtonConnection.org, or
Call DSHS at 877-501-2233
See the attached flyer for more information about P-EBT. 
We want to make sure all of our students stay healthy and grow strong. 

Sincerely, 
Matt Ellis 
Superintendent 

P-EBT Emergency School Meals Program Flyer
P-EBT Emergency School Meals Program Flyer (Spanish)

Pay increase for Substitute Teachers
Starting March 1st, 2020 the rate of pay for substitute teachers will be raised $10 per day.  Taking the pay from $125 per day to $135 per day.  If you are interested in applying to be a substitute teacher please contact Kim Bolt at 509-786-3323.

Important Construction Message:
"Students - Construction of the site for the new high school has begun, fences surround the site, AND THIS AREA IS OFF LIMITS TO STUDENTS AND ADULTS.  For your safety, please do not enter inside any of the fencing at any time of day.  All foot traffic should occur on the sidewalks available along Paterson, Alexander, and Highland.  The parking lot to the Softball and Soccer fields, along with some parking at the stadium, remain available for those after school activities at this time.  Please be respectful of the work, boundaries, and efforts.  Thank You!"
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District Information:

School Board Meeting 12/2/2020

The School Board Meeting for 12/2/2020 will be held remotely by a Zoom meeting at 7:00pm.  To attend the School Board Meeting Join at the following link: 

Meeting link:  Click Here
Meeting ID:  813 3353 3306
Password: mustangs (please note the lowercase "m")

For a non-video call in option dial: 253-215-8782
Meeting ID:  813 3353 3306
Password: mustangs (or 628213)

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