Due to the unpredictability of our current weather, please make sure the school district has your latest contact information. In the event of a late start, a School Messenger call will go out to all families. The district will also make sure the information is sent to the local news channels. Any planned field trips scheduled for Friday December 9th, are also subject to cancellation. The district holds your child's safety first and foremost. Thank you for your understanding.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR THURSDAY
1 to 2” of Snow Possible in Areas Away From the Coast
Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 5:30 am
The National Weather Service in Seattle has forecast a Pacific storm system to impact the area with snow, wind and rain from South to North through the day and early evening on Thursday.
The National Service in Seattle has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the area, from 4:00 pm Thursday to 8:00 am Friday morning. All areas of the county will have gusty winds throughout the day. The coast will likely see a rain/snow mix, as areas in North County and those from Aberdeen and East, could see anywhere between 1-2 inches of snow throughout the day and early evening. All rain is expected after 10:00 pm tonight at the warmer air pushes through.
The Pacific Storm system will eventually bring rain and warmer temperatures, but the colder temperatures we are experiencing at night, will affect snow totals as the storm initially moves through the region. Icy conditions could occur on area roadways as the storm begins to move through the area and as the evening changeover from snow to rain occurs.
Roadways will be our biggest concern as the snow on Thursday will create slippery and slushy conditions on all roads, making driving extremely hazardous. It has been a while since we experienced road conditions as predicted. Please slow down and use extreme caution.
Remember to check on neighbors who may need assistance, pets and livestock during this period of inclement weather.
Conditions are continuing to evolve. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the arriving winter weather and will update information as conditions change.
Charles T Wallace, Deputy Director
Grays Harbor County Emergency Management
310 W. Spruce Street
Montesano WA, 98563
(360) 964-1575 – office
(360) 580-2281 - cell
OSPI Releases Report on Funding Recommendations for Institutional Education
OLYMPIA — DECEMBER 1, 2016 — Students are placed in institutions because of different circumstances. Some are truant or have committed minor offenses. Others have physical or behavioral disorders. A few, still children, will soon be tried as adults.
In 2014-15, nearly 11,000 students in Washington state received educational services in an institution, such as a county detention center, a jail or a residential habilitation center. But the funding formula used to educate the students hasn’t changed enough to reflect the needs of the students.
A report written by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, released today, makes recommendations that would update the formula.
“Institutional education is a part of basic education,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “These students are some of the most vulnerable in our state. They can be many grade levels behind their peers, and often they’ve been in and out of school because of suspensions or expulsions.”
Dorn noted that students often thrive in institutional programs because they are no longer on drugs, don’t have to take care of siblings or parents and don’t have to worry about gangs.
“They need our help,” he said. “Most of them will be getting out of the institutions at some point. And it’s our duty as a society to make sure they are educated.”
Juvenile justice laws have changed over the years, resulting in fewer students being served. In 2011-12, a total of 12,811 students received education services in an institution; in 2014-15, the number decreased to 10,856 – a decrease of 15.3 percent.
But the students that remain are more likely to be serious or repeat offenders than they were in the past. They face many barriers to achieving academic success and often require a great deal of one-on-one academic and emotional support.
The formulas used to provide funding for the programs were established in the mid-1990s but haven’t been updated since then.
In the fall of 2015, OSPI convened a workgroup to study the problem. In summary, the workgroup recommends a two-year transition: for 2017-18, an increase in institutional education funding of $12.9 million; for 2018-19, the implementation of a funding model that mirrors general education programs.
In his biennial budget request, Dorn has proposed the increases recommended by the workgroup.
For more information
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200