- Westbourne Loop/Basin Drive: Blue Mountain Farms on Quincy Rd.
- Wallula: Wallula Post Office on Columbia Way
- Burbank Heights: Blue Mountain Farms on Lake Rd.
- Charbonneau: Fire Department Building on Lakeview Dr.
On Friday afternoon, Governor Jay Inslee announced that all schools in Washington will be closed, beginning Tuesday, March 17th. All schools will be closed through at least Friday, April 24th. CSD schools will be open on Monday, March 16th and be on our regular Monday Late Arrival Schedule. Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, based on the Governor's statewide proclamation, schools will be closed to all students, parents, and community members.
Food Service Grab/Go will begin Tuesday, March 17th. Drive thru pick up will be at Columbia Elementary from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. All students will be served, however, students must be present to receive their meals. At each pick up, students will receive lunch, and breakfast for the next morning.
District administration are currently working over the weekend to make plans for nutritional services, child care, and other services for our students and families. More information on food service and childcare for emergency personnel/first responders and health care providers will be shared in the coming days. We realize a closure of our schools will impact our entire community. We are working diligently to plan and prepare to support our community as best as we can through this situation. Please visit our district website (www.csd400.org) for the most up to date information. As new information becomes available, we will get that information out to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and partnership as we deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will be holding an Emergency School Board Meeting Monday, March 16th at 7:00 p.m.
March 11th, 2020 1:00 p.m.
With the new announcement today that Governor Inslee has limited gathering of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties, we want to update parents and our community on the latest regarding Columbia School District. As of today, our county health department has confirmed that Walla Walla County still has no positive cases. While this may change in the near future, as of today we are considered to be at low risk of exposure.
We continue to operate school business with heightened precautions on hand washing and other suggestions as previously described. Our custodial staff continues to provide additional attention to address high traffic surfaces and common areas. We will monitor our activities closely and maintain contact with local and state agencies. At this point in time, there are no plans to cancel any of our normal activities.
In the event that it becomes necessary to close school, district officials will notify our community via the district website, text via our messaging system, as well as communicate with local news to get the information out. If you have not signed up for the text messaging service, please contact our district office for additional information. Our team continues to meet and adjust district plans should a cancellation of school or any activity occur. Should a closure become reality, school days missed would have to be made up at the end of the school year. Plans would be communicated regarding breakfast and lunch services for those that rely on school breakfast and lunch options. It is our hope that this information may calm some of the anxiety that comes from external sources. Please continue to visit our district webpage for the most up to date information.
We continue to take the safety of our students and staff seriously. In doing so, with the scheduled absence of students today, our food service, custodial, and transportation staff are taking advantage of this opportunity by performing a deep clean of our district buildings and buses. An emphasis has been placed on common and high traffic areas such as desks, door handles, etc...
- Message to our community:
With the recent confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington State, Columbia School District feels it is important to communicate up to date information as well as community resources provided by both local and state level agencies. The Novel Coronavirus is a virus strain that is spread from person-to-person much like the flu. We are working closely with our local health department and are working to follow recommended practices and procedures in order to minimize the risk of exposure. People who have been diagnosed with the virus are reporting symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Our county health department recommends the general precautions taken to prevent the spread of the flu or common colds will also help prevent coronavirus:
- Wash hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay at home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Urging students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season
Columbia School District will continue to seek guidance from our local and state health authorities. In addition, our custodial staff continue to emphasize and implement best practices in cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing methods. We want our students, parents, and community to be well informed of the latest information as it becomes available. Please continue to visit our district website for additional updates. The following links will also provide up to date information:
Walla Walla County Department of Community Health
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention