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Teacher Prep Day Oct. 19

Dear Parents,

We feel so fortunate to have students in classes five-days a week. Due to the extra responsibilities given to teachers related to COVID-19 and remote learning, the District will be providing an additional teacher preparation day for all teachers on Monday, October 19. Students will not need to return to school from Fall Break until Tuesday, October 20. This day was selected as it falls approximately halfway between the start of school and Christmas Vacation/Winter Holiday. 

This additional day helps to provide some much needed support to teachers to help maintain and continue our five-day a week in-person instructional schedule and our blended-learning opportunities for students. There may need to be additional teacher preparation days added later in the school year. We appreciate your patience and support as we work to provide our educators with the time and help needed to best meet the needs of your student/s.

Washington County School District

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Looking Forward to the 20-21 School Year

June 16, 2020 

Dear Parents, 

We set the standard for educating children; this is what we do. Whether your student prefers in-class instruction, online education or remote learning, we have developed and are continuing to create options and resources for our students. We really do lead the State in learning opportunities for children. With this understanding, please know that we will continue to provide the best learning environment for our students and will work to accommodate parent concerns throughout the continued COVID-19 situation. 

As we look forward to the 2020-21 school year, let me explain a few things that will help you understand where the District stands with the reopening of schools. First of all, it isn’t at our discretion as to whether we wear masks or not. The decision is statutorily assigned to the Governor’s Office and the Public Health Department. They give the directives that we are required to follow. The only risk levels that would allow us to hold in-person school are yellow and green. The green level would not require masks, but the yellow level does require masks to be worn whenever social distancing of at least six feet isn’t possible, such as on a school bus or in classrooms where there isn’t enough space to distance students. 

Schools will only require masks if needed and would allow the removal of masks throughout the day for recess, lunch, and even in classrooms when appropriate. I personally prefer to not wear a mask and understand that most people don’t; but if they help to reduce the number of Coronavirus cases, thus keeping us from moving back to an orange or red level where schools are closed, then I support mask wearing. I also feel a responsibility to protect our wonderful teachers and staff by following the directives we are given. Children are great conductors of the virus and can easily expose or infect the many bus drivers, teachers, cooks, custodians, secretaries, administrators, and volunteers they come in contact with daily. Without all of these dedicated people we would not be able to hold in-person school. 

Students have significant benefits academically, socially, and emotionally with in-person school. Open schools also allow parents to return to work more easily, thus benefiting the suffering economy. Additionally, at the yellow or green levels, the Utah High School Activities Association will allow all sanctioned sports and activities to be held as long as the called for guidelines and restrictions are satisfied. If the wearing of masks, only as needed to comply with the associated guidelines and with an understanding of age and individual circumstances being kept in mind, is what it takes for this to happen, then I am strongly in favor of it. 

I hope this helps to answer questions and clarify concerns that some may have. As mentioned above, it should be noted that if schools open in the yellow level this fall, thus requiring masks to be worn as directed, the District is preparing additional options for parents to have their student(s) educated remotely instead of wearing masks. We are preparing for the success of all children in Washington County. 


Larry Bergeson 

Larry Bergeson Superintendent of Schools 

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Coronavirus Information 3/24/2020

Dear Parents,

We were notified last night that the soft closure of schools will continue through Friday, May 1.  Our teachers have been preparing for this contingency and will have appropriate online learning ready for students through May 1. As this process continues for the next several weeks, we encourage you to create a daily schedule for your children to help them better maintain good study habits and adjust to this dramatic change. 

In addition, our food service workers have been exceptional in preparing lunches for children. There were a few hiccups on the first day of delivery, but we are hoping to have all of the bugs worked out of the system and things should continue to get better and better. Yesterday, on the first day, we passed out more than 9,000 free grab-and-go lunches to children. We look forward to seeing your students again today and will continue to perfect this system for our community.

Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a community to help each other. The old adage says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We need your help to look out for not only your own children, but also the children that may be struggling in our community. Students who perhaps didn’t have many friends or used to eat lunch alone will feel even more isolated and cut off. Please reach out to your neighbors, lend a hand, help someone, and just be a friend. Thank you for your support of our students!


Larry Bergeson
Superintendent of Schools
Washington County School District

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Coronavirus Information 3/13/2020

Dear Parents,

We have been notified by the Utah Department of Health and the Utah State Board of Education that all schools in Utah, including all schools in Washington County, will be dismissed beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27. This dismissal will be regularly evaluated during that time and may be extended.

As a reminder,  we will be on spring break, March 16-20. We will communicate any and all urgent updates to you through our District website at washk12.org. Please look for the RED banner at the top of the website for these updates.

  • In order to provide teachers with the time to prepare lessons, remote learning instruction will begin for students, in their own homes, on Wednesday, March 25. Information regarding remote teaching will be communicated to you directly from your child’s school.
  • Teachers will still be in school buildings, students will be learning from home.
  • All school and UHSAA sponsored activities, events, and practices are canceled throughout the duration of this dismissal.
  • We are anticipating providing grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for students. We will be communicating times for students to come to designated sites during the dismissal to receive these meals. Because Washington County School District will be on spring break March 16-20, grab-and-go meals will begin on Monday, March 23.
  • In addition, kindergarten registration has been postponed until further notice. 

Thank you for your support throughout this process.

Communication Department

Washington County School District

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