Kelso School District is holding a public hearing and two open houses to invite the community to share their thoughts on a proposed change in construction plans for replacing aging elementary schools.
We are considering combining two of the three new elementary schools planned from the voter-approved bond in February into one larger school at the Lexington site. This option is being contemplated due to considerable cost escalations resulting from rising construction prices and extremely poor soil conditions that require more robust foundations to meet modern codes.
We want to inform you that several cases of pertussis (whooping cough) have been identified in the Kelso School District. Your child may have been exposed to a student that has contracted the illness.
Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by coughing. Pertussis usually begins with cold-like symptoms and a cough that worsens over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms may include coughing “fits” followed by a “whooping” noise, vomiting, cyanosis (turning blue) or the inability to catch one’s breath. The cough is often worse at night and cough medicines usually do not help eliminate the cough. Usually, persons infected with pertussis do not have a fever. In older children and adults the symptoms may be only a persistent cough which is worse at night. This illness is often very severe in small infants.
Please click on links below for more information:
- Pertussis Letter (English)
- Pertussis Letter (Chuukese)
- Pertussis Letter Spanish (Letra Pertussis Español)
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our nurse, Stephanie Toms, at (360) 577-2463.
In the case of an emergency, here are the ways we notify parents and the community when a situation arises. Based on your preference, you can sign up for one or all of the options below.
Email through Skyward
Please login to your Skyward account or check with the school to be sure your contact information is up to date.
Emergency alerts through FlashAlert
When you create your free FlashAlert account, you can opt-in to receive all press releases or just emergency notifications or both via email. For push notifications on your mobile phone, download the FlashAlert Messenger app for iOS or Android and link it to your account. You can sign up for notifications through FlashAlert here.
In emergency situations we also provide information to the news media, specifically The Daily News, local radio stations and KLTV.
In an effort to provide another level of safety to our school communities, the Kelso School District has made available a district-wide Safe Schools Anonymous Tip Line. If you suspect or become aware of anyone planning or acting in any unsafe manner, please let us know.
Please remember that the Safe Schools Tip Line does not replace the importance of utilizing 911 nor does it replace the healthy and open communication that parents and students have with reporting concerns to teachers, principals, and other school staff or parents.
Anyone who has a legitimate and genuine concern may contact a building principal by phone or email or use this tip line. Please see the “icon” to the right of this message.
Online reporting must be made in good faith and can be made without leaving a name or other identifying information. However, those making reports are encouraged to leave their contact information in the event additional information is needed. When providing information please be as detailed as possible including the name of the school(s) and/or person(s) involved, type of activities alleged, and when they occurred or may occur.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that the Kelso School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, the Kelso School District may disclose appropriately designated “directoryinformation” (which consists of name, age and photo likeness) without written consent, unless you have advised the district that you wish to opt out of the disclosure of directory information regarding your student. The primary purpose of disclosures of directory information is to allow the Kelso School District to include student information in school related publications.
At time of enrollment a parent will be asked to fill out the nondisclosure form that is listed below. If this form is not completed and filed with the District, it will be assumed that the directory information listed below may be disclosed. If this form is completed and filed, it will remain effective for the duration of your student’s enrollment in the District unless you notify your school office in writing that you would like to revoke or resubmit this nondisclosure form.
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