In March of 2021 the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced guidance for Washington State school districts related to their Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Planning process. As codified in federal and state law, to access federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, districts were required to develop and present their plans in accordance with established guidance. District plans were to address both academic recovery and social well-being supports, implement equity review audits, and consider activities that could occur both inside and outside of the traditional school year and day.
Preliminary plans established by districts are to be reviewed and revised over the coming 2021-2022 school year as districts review, reflect and modify programming based on outcomes and ongoing stakeholder input.
After considerable engagement, including intentional student, staff and parent voice/input, the Walla Walla Public Schools (WWPS) Board of Directors has chosen to initially invest in the following supports/resources for the summer of 2021 and throughout the 2021-2022 school year. The identified programming compliments the district's current Strategic Plan, investing in innovative research-based activities and experiences that align with the district's vision, mission and beliefs.
Summer Experience Initiative
Who is eligible to participate in Summer Sol (www.summersol.org)?
Student registration is based on current enrollment in a WWPS school. All WWPS students in grades K-12 are eligible. Incoming kindergartners who are attending Walla Walla Center for Children & Families are also eligible.
What are the dates and days of the program? Does my child have to attend all summer?
The program encompasses two four-week sessions:
- June 21 - July 16, and
- July 19 - August 13.
You can register for one or both four week sessions.
What does the program entail and what are the times?
The program is broken down into three parts:
- Morning Acceleration (8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.): This is for select, teacher-identified students needing support in reading and math. Communication from each school will notify parents of student eligibility for this part of Summer Sol. This notification will come around mid-May.
- Enrichment Programming (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.): This portion of Summer Sol is open to all currently enrolled Walla Walla Public Schools students. Registration for this portion of the program opened May 3 and includes our hands-on, experience-based programming (gardening, theater, STEM, music, art, Sports & Rec, Swim Lessons, Robotics, etc.).
- Summer Sol Pass (12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.): After 12:30 p.m. students will go home, or if in elementary school they have the option to participate in the YMCA's 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. afternoon Summer Enrichment program at one or more elementary schools.
- In addition, all students enrolled in Summer Sol will have a badge that allows them certain community perks, like a Memorial Pool pass for that student, a free registration of a Parks & Rec activity or program this summer, and/or unique YMCA programs like Youth Sports Camp or Rock Climbing. Registrations and sign-ups for these types of perks will be through the respective designated organization.
Where does the program take place?
Each school will house their current students for the Summer Sol. Students would come and go each day from their school just like the regular school year.
- Example: If your child attended Green Park this year, they would attend Green Park for Summer Sol.
What is the cost of Summer Sol?
Summer Sol is free for all Walla Walla Public Schools students.
Will transportation and food be provided?
Transportation will be provided based on need (as defined by school district boundaries), and daily grab-and-go sack lunches and breakfasts will be provided as well.
How do I sign my child up for Summer Sol?
Registration opened on May 3 and will be open the entire month of May. You will need to fill out one online form for each child you are registering. Visit www.summersol.org. If you have trouble registering online, you can call 509-526-6787 to help with the online registration process. Paper registration forms will also be available in the main office of each school.
Who do I contact for more information or support?
Student Well-Being Initiatives
Strategic Plan Goal Alignment
|Establish Building-level SEL Teams||Develop building level SEL teams to cultivate and ensure building SEL culture. Teams will receive training, serve as train-the-trainers, and support building-wide initiatives to embed SEL practices across the campus/classrooms.||Goal 3: Social & Emotional Needs|
|Certified Counseling at Every Site||
Ensure every elementary has a certified counselor. The elementary counselor will allocate approximately half their day pushing into the classroom, providing intentional SEL curriculum and supports. Provide an additional counselor at each middle school to ensure the same. Hire a bilingual counselor at WaHi and counselor at Lincoln HS to support students/families.
|Goal 3: Social & Emotional Needs|
|Establish Intervention Specialists/Home Visitor Program Combo||Establish a home visitor position at each site that is targeted to deliver unique services and supports (e.g. family outreach, attendance, community coordination access, SEL) in addition to the existing general intervention specialist position.||Goal 3: Social & Emotional Needs|
|Implement K-8 SEL Curriculum||Identify, train and implement K-8 classroom SEL curriculum.||Goal 3: Social & Emotional Needs|
|Support Sources of Strength Program||Promote the Sources of Strength program to address MS and HS student belonging and empowerment.||Goal 3: Social & Emotional Needs|
|Staff Professional Development||Provide essential professional development for staff (formative assess, SEL, inclusion, equity, project based, etc.) and additional time for staff to collaborate around student need, case management, student assessment and intervention support.||Goal 1: High Quality Instruction / Goal 3: Social & Emotional Needs|
|Targeted Support for Students of Color||Establish community partnerships and mentor program for students of color.||Goal 3: Social & Emotional Needs / Goal 4: Safe & Engaging Environment|
|Student Transition Support||
Supporting students as they transition to KG, 6th Grade and 9th grade, incorporating key pre-start activities and experiences. Additionally, include new to 1st grade student transition support.
|Goal 2: Aligned & Coherent Systems / Goal 3: Social & Emotional Needs|
Academic Recovery and Acceleration Plan
Strategic Plan Goal Alignment
|Hire Additional Certified Staff to Provide Intervention and Class Size Reduction Supports||Procuring up to 21 additional certificated staff who will be used to reduce class size either whole day or reduce curricular class sizes during core or intervention sessions. At the secondary levels, provide additional certificated staff to ensure intervention and academic support for struggling students as well as reduce class size at targeted levels/courses.||Goal 1: High Quality Instruction|
|Communities in Schools Coordination||Partner with Communities in Schools to provide recruitment and coordination of community support and initiatives. Additionally, coordinate "in-the-moment" tutoring for students. https://ciswa.org/||Goal 1: High Quality Instruction / Goal 3: Social & Emotional Needs|
|After School Supports Supplementation||
Provide additional resources to ensure non gear-up grade spans can also access after school and during-school support.
Ensure 21st Century afterschool opportunities at all sites.
|Goal 1: High Quality Instruction / Goal 3: Social & Emotional Needs / Goal 4: Safe & Engaging Environment|
|Special Education Specialist||Hire an additional special education specialist to provide enhanced leadership and support for self contained students and our most fragile populations.||Goal 1: High Quality Instruction|
|EL LTEL Specialist||Provide targeted support to the near 280 Long Term English Language learners who, after 5 years, have still not attained English mastery.||Goal 1: High Quality Instruction|
|Data Engineer to Improve Data Systems and Integration||Recruit and hire a data engineer who can explore ways to support student achievement and advance equity by expanding and optimizing the district’s data architecture, data flows, collection and reporting - improve staff access to meaningful data - and research ways to connect multiple data systems for enhanced scalability and flexibility for the end user.||Goal 1: High Quality Instruction / Goal 2: Aligned & Coherent Systems|