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Announcements:

A message from our Superintendent

1/21/2021
Parents and Guardians, 
Since the closure of our schools in March of 2020, we have worked to provide the students of Prosser School District with the safest possible learning experience. Although we have improved the learning experience since the closure of our schools, we recognized that there are substantial benefits to having students learn in an environment with their peers. 
Ensuring a safe environment is and will continue to be a challenge with the ongoing changes presented by COVID-19. However, we believe that the proper equipment, procedures, and protocols are in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at our schools. The successful reopening of school is dependent on all stakeholders within the educational community adhering to the mitigation strategies. Your cooperation with these efforts will allow Prosser School District to offer in-person services without interruptions.   
As we move forward, please work with your student’s principal to determine the best fit for your child between remaining in a full distance-learning model or participating in an in-person hybrid model.  Your selection of one of these two options will allow us to begin the next steps in the development of programs for the district.  
We are anticipating offering some of these services beginning on February 1st, so please know that specific communication about the details of our hybrid model will be delivered to you in the next couple of days. 
Thank you for the patience and grace you have extended to the Prosser School District during these unprecedented times. 
Sincerely,
 
Matthew Ellis 
Superintendent

Dear Prosser Parents, 
It is the purpose of this communication to update you on our work to reopen our schools. In earlier communications, we surveyed parents about their level of interest in having their students return to school in a hybrid model. This survey indicated that before many of our parents made a decision, they needed more information about the model. This information ranged from how many days students would attend school onsite, to the health and safety precautions taken by staff and students to mitigate risk for each individual. In the past weeks, we have worked to develop our plans in order to allow for a smooth transition to hybrid learning. 
In order to accommodate onsite learning and provide a sanitized environment, the Prosser School District will provide an AA/BB schedule. This means that one group of learners will attend classes in person on Monday and Tuesday, with Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday being devoted to virtual learning. The other group scheduled will attend classes in person on Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday, Monday, and Tuesday devoted to virtual learning. On Wednesday of each week, each building will undergo a deep clean, on these days there will be some small group interventions allowed at each building. In the next few days, you can expect to see communication from your student’s building principal. If it is your desire to have your student included in hybrid learning, please let the building know through that avenue. However, if it is your desire to have your student continue in a virtual learning format, we will also accommodate that request. It is our hope that we be able to work through this planning process quickly and thoroughly. It is also our hope that in preparation for this transition, you work with us on developing schedules that fit your household, prepping your child for the educational environments that look and feel different, and engaging in self-screening efforts in the morning. 
As we move forward, please let your building administrator know if you have any questions. 
Sincerely, 
Matt Ellis
 
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 3/10/2021

The next meeting of the Prosser School District Board of Directors will be in person at Prosser High School on Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 PM.
Limited seating will be available in the library. Overflow classrooms with live feeds will be available. Health attestations, temperature checks, masks, and social distancing are required. If you would prefer to Zoom in, please follow instructions on the district website. 
All public comments need to be made in advance and in writing to deidre.holmberg@prosserschools.org.

Meeting Link: Click Here
Meeting ID: 880 7672 7688
Password: mustang

For a non-video call in option dial: 253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 880 7672 7688
Password: 5749345

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