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Tell us about your school!

Is your child excited to go to school?
Do you feel welcome at your child’s school?
Does the school keep you well-informed about school activities?

We’re asking for your feedback about your child’s school and want to hear your thoughts about important school characteristics including academic preparation, student support, family engagement, safety and accessibility of school leaders.

Take the survey now!

Things to know about the survey

  • It will take approximately five minutes to complete.
  • You will be able to stop, save and come back later to where you left off.
  • Your answers are strictly confidential so you can provide candid responses.
  • Your identity will remain confidential.

What we do with the information

After the survey closes, we will report the findings to principals so that they can use the results to shape their school improvement plans. Engaging in ongoing two-way dialogue is essential as we work together to provide our students with the best possible education.

Weather alert update: CLOSED on Tues., Feb. 5, 2019

All schools will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 5, due to icy conditions. All after-school and evening activities are canceled.

Debido a las inclemencias del tiempo, todas las escuelas de “VPS” estarán cerradas 5/February/2019. Todas las escuelas de” VPS” estarán cerradas.

Прослушайте важное сообщение из Ванкуверского школьного района. В связи с неблагоприятными погодными условиями, во вторник, 5 февраля все школы будут закрыты. Все занятия после школы и вечерние мероприятия отменены.

Weather alert: 2-hour late start on Tues., Feb. 5, 2019 | Español | Русский | Chuukese

All VPS schools are on a two-hour late start on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

No morning preschool or other morning activities.

UPDATE: Buses are on snow routes this morning.

Find more weather-related information.

5 Febrero
Debido a las inclemencias del tiempo, todas las escuelas de “VPS” comenzarán 2 más tarde. Los autobuses funcionarán en las rutas establecidas para días nevados.

5 февраля
Прослушайте важное сообщение из Ванкуверского школьного района. В связи с неблагоприятными погодными условиями, во вторник, 5 февраля занятия во всех школах начнутся на 2 часа позже. Автобусы будут ходить по «снежному» маршруту.

Fápéwéri 5
Pokiten mei ngaw fetánin ásepwán, meinisin sukkunen nón VPS repwe poputá mang 2 awa. Ekkan bus repwe sá wón ekkan aan mei tongeni nimenim en sno me wón.

Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at 7:30 a.m. to include translations.
Posted: Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at 8:33 p.m.


Is your child starting kindergarten in the fall?

Starting school is easier when you:

  • know where to go

  • meet the teacher

  • make new friends

  • discover math + reading skills

  • learn school expectations

  • love the new school!

Jump Start is a free school prep for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students will meet teachers and other kindergartners; learn routines; become familiar with school surroundings; and participate in math, literacy and hands-on learning activities.

Kindergarten Jump Start is free and open to all new kindergarteners!

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m

Monday through Friday, July 30 through Aug. 17
Anderson, Fruit Valley, Harney, Hazel Dell, Hough, King, Lincoln, Marshall, Minnehaha, Ogden, Roosevelt, Sacajawea, Truman, Walnut Grove and Washington elementary schools

Monday through Friday, Aug. 13-17
Chinook, Eisenhower, Felida, Franklin, Lake Shore and Salmon Creek elementary schools

CLOSED: Weather announcement for Wed. Feb. 21

All schools will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 21, due to weather.

All after-school and evening activities, sports, performing arts and building rental activities are also canceled.

Find more weather-related information.

The Jim Parsley Community Center is closed to the public.

Propstra Pool also is closed.

Last updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
11 a.m.

Weather update: Feb. 20

After-school and evening activities are canceled today, Feb. 20, for VPS elementary, middle and high schools.

Exceptions are optional practices until 4 p.m. for Skyview basketball, Columbia River basketball and Skyview Stormbots.

Schools that typically end later in the day—Vancouver Flex Academy, Lieser Campus, Vancouver iTech Preparatory and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics—are closing at 2:05 p.m. Students will be bused to their home middle school, where they will stay until middle schools are released. At that time, they will ride the middle school buses home. Alternately, parents have the option to pick their child up from Flex, Lieser, iTech or VSAA at 2:05 p.m.

Tell us why attendance matters to you!

Want to win a prize?

Tell us why attendance matters to you and why you come to school. You can enter the contest by creating one of the following:

  • 2-minute video
  • 1-minute audio file
  • artwork displaying the importance of attendance

The deadline is Friday, December 8th! We can’t wait to see what you create!

See you at school.

When to keep a child who is sick at home

One of the problems most often confronting parents of school-age children occurs when a child complains of not feeling well on a school day.

The following is not intended as medical advice, but is merely designed as a guideline to be followed until your health care provider can be contacted.

Children should usually be kept at home if any of the following conditions are present (keep in mind the absence of fever does not always indicate the child is well enough to attend school):

  • Fever over 100 degrees, vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
  • Undiagnosed skin rashes with fever
  • Persistent sore throat with fever and difficulty swallowing or rash
  • Severe headache, toothache, ear pain or abdominal pain and cramping
  • Skin infections
  • Eyes that are painful red, and matted with thick discharge
  • Severe uncontrolled rapid coughing, wheezing or difficulty breathing

Medication at school

No medication is allowed at school without the written permission of the prescribing health care practitioner and parent/guardian.

Medical insurance

Students without medical insurance may be eligible for the Washington State Health Plan even if their parents are employed. Call 877-543-7669 for more information.

The Free Clinic of SW Washington provides health care for minor, acute illness and immunizations for uninsured children and adults; call 360-313-1390.

Weekend weather alert: schools closed, activities canceled

All Vancouver Public Schools are closed and activities are canceled for the weekend, January 14 through 16. This includes VPS activities associated with the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.

The Jim Parsley Community Center and Propstra Aquatic Center will be closed all weekend as well.

updated: 1/13/17