January 15, 2021
Martin L. King
Monday, the 18th, we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King and his impact on Civil Rights in America.

Dr. King fought for the rights of minority Americans on a variety of fronts. His causes for equal rights, voting rights, equal employment opportunities, homeownership by minority groups, and more changed the roadmap in our country. He is most famous for his “I have a dream” speech. I would encourage you all to re-read it if you haven’t recently.

Dr. King’s vision and leadership stemmed from his strong belief in the power of nonviolence. In his book, “Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story”, he detailed the following principles:

  1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people. It is active nonviolent resistance to evil.
  2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.  The end result of nonviolence is redemption and reconciliation.
  3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.  Nonviolence recognizes that evildoers are also victims.
  4. Nonviolence willingly accepts the consequences of its acts.
  5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate. Nonviolence resists violence to the spirit as well as the body. Nonviolence love is active, not passive. Nonviolence love does not sink to the level of the hater. Love restores community and resists injustice. Nonviolence recognizes the fact that all life is interrelated.
  6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice. The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.
Dr. King was largely responsible for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He also played a major role in the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

Even until the day he was assassinated, Dr. King never allowed fear to triumph. He unified people together under a common goal. Today, you won’t find Black people and White people forced to sit in separate locations on a bus or drink from separate water fountains in a public space. Although prejudice remains, the tide is shifting in a way where the racists of the world are scorned, and not innocent African Americans.

As we honor the legacy of Dr. King, it is important to remember that his vision for the unity of all races still exists. He hoped for a world where all people can live, work, and play without prejudice or discrimination. His famous speech, as well as the hundreds of other speeches, will live on in history with the hope that nonviolence can be the path for change.

January 12, 2021
Food Access Survey

food accessWashington State University and the University of Washington are collecting information about food access during the pandemic. The survey will identify areas of special need and will help WA state and county agencies and charitable organizations make decisions about the distribution of food assistance and relief funds.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and will ask questions about health, food access, and economic needs.

The goal is to learn more about how individuals, families, and communities are handling economic and food disruptions due to the pandemic. Washington State residents who are 18 years or older may participate.

Families can access the survey here.

January 11, 2021
Hazardous Weather Transportation Routes
alternate bus routes

Winter is approaching which often brings inclement weather and the possibility of hazardous road conditions for buses. There are certain locations within the district that become difficult to travel. In the event that we experience such conditions, and deem it safest to run buses on snow routes, the following roads will not be traveled. A snow route stop has been listed below for each road that will not be traveled:
  • Allen Rd. - Rte 3 pick-up and drop off on Middle Fork
  • August Rd. - Rte 1 pick-up and drop off on St. Rte. 508 (Includes: Four Seasons, Highlander Rd., Summer Run Dr. and Starlight Dr.)
  • Clark Rd. - Rte 4 pick-up and drop off on Gish Rd. - (Includes: Ricky Lane)
  • Guerrier Rd. - Rte 4 pick-up and drop off on St. Rte. 508 (Includes: Moseley Rd. and Briar Rose Lane)
  • Hyak Rd. - Rte 4 pick-up and drop off on St. Rte. 508
  • Oppelt Rd. - Rte 3 pick-up and drop off on Centralia-Alpha
  • Short Rd. - Rte 3 pick-up and drop off on Centralia-Alpha
  • Tillie Rd. - Rte 6 pick-up and drop off on Burnt Ridge Rd. - (Includes: Michael Lane)
  • Walhaupt Rd. - Rte 7 will pick-up and drop off on LeonaRd.
  • Wirsdorfer Rd. - Rte 3 pick-up and drop off on Centralia-Alpha
Students on these specified roads will be picked up in the morning and dropped off in the afternoon at these alternate bus stops each day snow routes are in effect. 

Please Note: Times are approximate. Actual times will fluctuate due to road and weather conditions. An automatic phone alert will be sent out each morning buses will be traveling on snow routes. Please make sure you have a current phone number listed with your child/children’s school office.

The notice will also be reported to the following media networks:
  • KOMO Channel 4
  • KING Channel 5
  • KIRO Channel 7
  • KCPQ Channel 13
  • KELA 1470 AM radio
  • KITI 1420 AM radio
  • Live 95.1 FM radio
  • KMNT 104.3 FM radio 
  • KXXO Mixx 96.1 FM radio
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: (360) 978-4111, option 4.

Lyn Carpenter,
Transportation Supervisor 

winter solstice
Winter Events:

covid update
COVID-19 Update: Jan. 15, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians of Onalaska Students: 

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season, although it most likely was a little different than what most of us have experienced in the past.  Covid certainly had an effect on our holiday season.  Let’s hope a year from now, we will be back to the way the holiday season should be, with family and friends, without restrictions.

I want to acknowledge our staff for their efforts in keeping the school open. Meals are delivered each day to classrooms, teachers are providing instruction to students, our secretaries are doing great work in our offices and taking care of the needs of our schools, para educators continue to provide services and assistance to our students, custodians clean and disinfect our classrooms nightly and our transportation department continues to pick up and deliver students safely every day. It truly takes all of us to make this work for our students and families. If you get a chance, thank our school staff if you see them for their work during this pandemic!

We are continuing to have school every day with our PreK-5 students and our hybrid model with grades 7-12. We are just completing the first semester and so far, so good.  We have had a few cases with staff being exposed outside of school and going on quarantine as well as a number of students who either tested positive or were exposed to someone with a positive Covid test. We keep track of all of these cases and communicate with families about the amount of time that the student needs to be quarantined before coming back to school. I want to acknowledge the work of Catie Werner in our records office as she is tracking all Covid related cases.  I also want to commend all of you that have contacted us with information about your child, yourself, or relative testing positive for Covid or that you or your child came into contact with someone who was positive. This data helps keep our schools open and has decreased any exposure that may occur at school. To date, we have not recorded a positive Covid case that occurred at school. The cases we know about have occurred off-campus and usually have occurred within families or families and friends. Please keep informing us when you find yourself or your child either testing positive or coming into contact with a Covid positive person. It will help us moving forward in keeping schools open.

The Governor has issued new guidance for the “re-opening” of schools, although this doesn’t apply to us as we have had students on campus in some way, shape, or form since the second week of September. I have attached this guidance for you in the link above. The biggest change is that we are now part of a region, and the data from the other three counties we are in with, count towards the metrics.  

I am also attaching the WA state plan for vaccinations. Teachers and school employees are currently scheduled in “B2”, which is around February.  This all depends on the availability of vaccines.  Our Superintendent cohort from each of the 295 districts have written letters to the Governor and State Health Director to move school personnel to the top of the list. We feel that if we can offer vaccines to all staff, the odds of us having a Covid outbreak is greatly minimized and we can continue with school being open. Also, vaccines are not required for staff but highly encouraged. I know the majority of our staff will get the double dose once it becomes available.  As you can see, vaccines for students is a ways off.

Again, thanks to all of you for supporting our schools, our staff, and your children as we continue to work at keeping our schools open. Our best estimates are that we will be in this model through June with the hope that next September, the school will return to the way it should be.  Fingers crossed!

Jeff Davis, Superintendent


15 de Enero de 2021

Estimados Padres de Familia,

     Espero que todos hayan tenido una maravillosa temporada navideña, aunque lo más probable es que haya sido un poco diferente a lo que la mayoría de nosotros hemos experimentado en el pasado. Covid ciertamente tuvo un efecto en nuestra temporada navideña. Esperemos que dentro de un año volvamos a la forma en que debería ser la temporada navideña, con familiares y amigos, sin restricciones.

     Quiero agradecer a nuestro personal por sus esfuerzos para mantener la escuela abierta. Las comidas se entregan todos los días en las aulas, los maestros brindan instrucción a los estudiantes, nuestras secretarias están haciendo un gran trabajo en nuestras oficinas y se están ocupando de las necesidades de nuestras escuelas, los para educadores continúan brindando servicios y asistencia a nuestros estudiantes, los conserjes limpian y desinfectan nuestras aulas todas las noches y nuestro departamento de transporte continúa recogiendo y entregando a los estudiantes de manera segura todos los días. Realmente se necesita a todos para que esto funcione para nuestros estudiantes y familias. Si tiene la oportunidad, agradezca a nuestro personal escolar si los ve por su trabajo durante esta pandemia.

     Seguimos teniendo clases todos los días con nuestros estudiantes de PreK-5 y nuestro modelo híbrido con los grados 7-12. Estamos terminando el primer semestre y hasta ahora todo bien. Hemos tenido algunos casos con personal expuesto fuera de la escuela y en cuarentena, así como con varios estudiantes que dieron positivo o estuvieron expuestos a alguien con una prueba de Covid positiva. Realizamos un seguimiento de todos estos casos y nos comunicamos con las familias sobre la cantidad de tiempo que el estudiante necesita estar en cuarentena antes de regresar a la escuela. Quiero agradecer el trabajo de Catie Werner en nuestra oficina de registros ya que está rastreando todos los casos relacionados con Covid. También quiero felicitar a todos los que nos han contactado con información sobre su hijo, usted mismo o un familiar que dio positivo en la prueba de Covid o que usted o su hijo entraron en contacto con alguien que resultó positivo. Estos datos ayudan a mantener nuestras escuelas abiertas y han disminuido cualquier exposición que pueda ocurrir en la escuela. Hasta la fecha, no hemos registrado un caso de Covid positivo que haya ocurrido en la escuela. Los casos que conocemos han ocurrido fuera del campus y, por lo general, han ocurrido dentro de familias o familias y amigos. Continúe informándonos cuando se encuentre usted o su hijo dando positivo o entrando en contacto con una persona positiva de Covid. Nos ayudará a seguir adelante para mantener abiertas las escuelas.

     El Gobernador ha emitido una nueva guía para la "reapertura" de las escuelas, aunque esto no se aplica a nosotros ya que hemos tenido estudiantes en el campus de alguna manera, forma o forma desde la segunda semana de septiembre. Adjunto esta guía para que la vea. El mayor cambio es que ahora somos parte de una región y los datos de los otros tres condados en los que estamos cuentan para las métricas.

También adjunto el plan estatal de vacunación. Los profesores y los empleados de la escuela están programados actualmente en "B2", que es alrededor de febrero. Todo esto depende de la disponibilidad de vacunas. Nuestra cohorte de superintendentes de cada uno de los 295 distritos ha escrito cartas al Gobernador y al director de salud del estado para que el personal de la escuela esté al principio de la lista. Creemos que si podemos ofrecer vacunas a todo el personal, las probabilidades de que tengamos un brote de Covid se minimizan en gran medida y podemos continuar con la escuela abierta. Además, las vacunas no son un requisito para el personal, pero es muy recomendable. Sé que la mayoría de nuestro personal recibirá la dosis doble una vez que esté disponible. Como puede ver, las vacunas para los estudiantes están lejos.

     Nuevamente, gracias a todos ustedes por apoyar a nuestras escuelas, nuestro personal y sus hijos mientras continuamos trabajando para mantener nuestras escuelas abiertas. Nuestras mejores estimaciones son que estaremos en este modelo hasta junio con la esperanza de que el próximo septiembre, la escuela vuelva a ser como debería ser. ¡Dedos cruzados!

     ¡Cuídense y manténganse seguro!

Jeff Davis, superintendente

December 11, 2020

OHS Student Video Show the Importance of Masks.

The OHS video productions department has been working on Public Service Announcements (PSA).  The theme is centered on the CoronaVirus pandemic and what students can do to help. 

The following PSA was created by Mason Ulery, Callie Lawrence, Alex Cleveland-Barrera, and Morgan Hamilton.

This group has been impressive in displaying the 21st Century skills of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.

January 15, 2021
Upcoming School Board Meetings, Online
When: January 25, 2021 06:00 PM
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