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  • Grade Level Leadership Committee Position Openings: Help Us, Help You.

    David Morrill
    Mar 05, 2020
    We have some openings to serve on our Grade Level Leadership Committees (GLLC), formerly our component boards. Join the many principals and assistant principals who've become more involved with us. We know how busy you are, but our board and committee members consistently tell us about incredibly value the networking and professional learning, both formal and informal, is to them.
  • OSPI School Safety Tips for March

    Mike Donlin | OSPI School Safety Center
    Mar 05, 2020
    Daylight Savings Time! Spring! St. Patrick’s Day! March is full. Here are some important topics rising to the top in March.
  • The Immunization Rules are Changing. Here's What You Need to Know.

    Gregory C. Endler | Washington State Department of Health
    Mar 04, 2020
    A change is coming in August 2020 that you don’t want to miss. The way schools collect immunization records and comply with immunization rules will be different beginning with the 2020-21 school year. Effective August 1, 2020, a state rule change will affect three areas of immunization compliance: The definition of “conditional status” has been clarified. Students must turn in their immunization paperwork on or before the first day of attendance. All new immunization records from students need to be medically verified. The Tdap vaccine requirement for 6th through 12th graders has been changed to a 7th through 12th-grade requirement.
  • Coronavirus Resources

    David Morrill
    Mar 03, 2020
    As many of you know, Governor Inslee declared a state of emergency due to the growing presence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state. What does that mean? Should you freak out? Is this something we're all overreacting to? Great questions, but we're no doctors (although we do have a Dr. Scott Seaman). Here's what we can tell you though; listen to advice and guidance from your district and from local, state, and national health experts. Aside from that, our best piece of advice is to make sure you are communicating frequently and clearly with your students, staff, and community.
  • Omak's 3F Club: Food, Friends, and Fun During the Holidays

    Xenia Doualle
    Feb 28, 2020
    After noticing an increase in discipline between Thanksgiving and holiday break, Omak High School principal David Kirk reached out to the community to open a space for any school-aged child to have access food, friends and fun, and created the 3F club.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for February 28, 2020

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran | The Nexus Group
    Feb 28, 2020
    Proposed bills dealing with providing a benefit increase to those members in TRS1 and PERS 1 plans can easily be seen as NTIB (Necessary to Implement the Budget) so will remain alive until Session ends.
  • AWSP New for February 23, 2020

    David Morrill
    Feb 21, 2020
    In this episode of AWSP News, we discuss Future Educators Month and our Future School Leaders Day, our “Give ‘em your keys” campaign, Black History Month, nominations for Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year, a new survey out about graduation pathway options, our HB 1599 Fact or Fiction series, a new graduation requirements workshop, a new texting service from the Washington Student Achievement Council, 2020 WA State Teacher of the Year Amy Campbell, the next issue of Washington Principal magazine, and an event on March 9th organized by the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for February 21, 2020

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran | The Nexus Group
    Feb 21, 2020
    Proposed bills have now either passed their respective chambers and are awaiting further action in the opposite house, or they are ‘dead’. Remember that no bill is really ‘dead’ until Sine Die. Bills with fiscal impacts can be deemed ‘necessary to implement the budget’ (NTIB) or just plain deemed necessary by a majority of a legislative body. Bills now move relatively quickly with public hearings and often same-day executive sessions.
  • Seniors Have Financial Aid Questions? OtterBot Has Answers.

    David Morrill
    Feb 20, 2020
    Otterbot is a free texting service designed to help Washington high school seniors navigate financial aid for college and career education. Students can access Otterbot via text message 24 hours a day, seven days a week by texting "Hi Otter" to 360-928-7281.
  • Retirement & Health Benefits for February 14, 2020

    Fred Yancey & Mike Moran | The Nexus Group
    Feb 13, 2020
    The first deadlines have come and gone. Action now shifts to the floor of each chamber. A bill needs to be brought out of the Rules Committee, put on the floor calendar, and then brought before the body for debate and vote. This process has to have all bills out of their chambers by February 19th. Then the process starts over with committee hearings and votes on opposite house bills – however at a much more rapid pace. Currently, there are over 300 bills sitting in the House Rules Committee and around 343 bills before Senate Rules. The challenge now becomes how to get one’s bill to rise above the herd and move to the floor? Admittedly, one hopes some bills don’t make the cut. Many won’t.

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David Morrill | Communications & Technology Director | (800) 562-6100