Onalaska Superintendent
June 19, 2020
Superintendent Message

I would like to thank all of our students, parents and guardians for being patient as we dealt with the early closure of school on March 13th. Obviously, this was totally unexpected. One minute we were in school, getting ready for SBAC testing and the next,... well you know the rest.

I also want to give a big thanks to our staff for quickly putting together learning packets for our students on March 16th and 17th. It was a whirlwind getting those put together, making sure they got out to students and then begin planning the process of distance learning, all within a matter of days.

Our food services and transportation staff did an outstanding job of putting together the meal delivery plan in a matter of days, also. Jerry Carlson and Lyn Carpenter and their staff are to be commended for their work during this pandemic.

Our high school staff, led by Principal McCoy, did a great job of putting together a memorable graduation ceremony for our seniors.  Obviously, it wasn’t what we wanted for them, but under the circumstances, it was well done. On Saturday, the Class of 2020 received their diplomas and scholarship packets, followed by a parade that was well attended by our community. It was a very classy sendoff.

As we close the school year, our thoughts now go to planning for the 2020-21 school year. We have assembled a team of 28 parents, guardians, school board members, teachers, para educators, supervisors and building administrators to put together the best plan we can under the guidance from the state Department of Health, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Governor’s Office and our local Lewis County Health Department. It will be a challenge as we have to operate our schools under guidelines established in June by the state. All I can ask is for everyone to be patient, again, and be open-minded to the plan that is being developed. None of us have any control over the virus and this pandemic. We do have control on how we deal with it and how we approach school in September. Again, we will do our best to make sure that we have students back in school in some way, shape or form. I will continue to keep you posted via our website and emails on the developing plans this team will put together.

Have a safe summer break and we will see you in September, if not before.

Jeff Davis, Superintendent