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Limitations on DHS immigration enforcement action at sensitive locations

All children have a right to a free public education, regardless of their actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status or that of their parents. Education leaders, teachers, students, and families, have asked questions about guidance that was released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that limits immigration enforcement actions from occurring [...]

Revised homework policy reflects learning needs of students

Revisions to Vancouver Public Schools homework policy will help ensure that homework, when assigned, will support teaching and learning goals. The revisions are in response to current research, which shows that homework assignments given to children in primary grades offers few, if any, educational benefits. Specific revisions to Regulation 6133 concerning homework aim to improve [...]

2017-04-20T17:04:18+00:00 April 20th, 2017|VPS press releases|

2017-18 Orchestra and band class opportunities

Attention all current 4th-grade students! Sign up now to participate in the VPS 2017-18 instrumental program. We are excited to announce a new instrumental program for next year's 5th-grade students! All currently enrolled 4th-grade students can apply now to participate in free band or orchestra classes next year. These introductory classes are an expansion of [...]

2017-04-14T12:00:33+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Elementary schools|

Building Readers: April 2017

Building Readers provides the guidance, steps to take, specific direction and concrete recommendations that parents need to help their kids learn to read, and to read more proficiently. In this issue: Improve your child's reading skills by reading aloud Use textbooks to entertain as well as educate Help your child practice for spelling tests This [...]

2017-04-13T11:59:05+00:00 April 13th, 2017|School news|

Last day of school year is June 21 | Español | Русский | Chuukese

Due to weather-related school closures in December 2016, the following designated snow-replacement days have been added to the school calendar: Monday, June 19, 2017 (full day) Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (two-hour early release) Wednesday, June 21, 2017 (two-hour early release and the last day of school, barring additional weather-related closures for the remainder of [...]

2017-04-01T16:11:18+00:00 April 11th, 2017|School news|

State laws, district policies will continue to protect transgender students

A statement from the state superintendent assures that Washington schools will treat transgender students "consistent with the student's gender identity." Washington state law continues to protect transgender students from discrimination in school, in spite of a recent change in federal guidance on the matter. Read the full press release from the Office of Superintendent of [...]