Sunday, August 09, 2020
Phone: 509.394.2352


Issue & Planning Efforts

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Udate March 13, 2020
Suspension of Sports

Update March 11, 2020




Recommended Prevention Measures

The Department of Health advises school districts to take the same preventative measures it normally would to prevent the spread of viruses during the regular cold and flu season. Common preventative measures recommended for students include:

  • Staying home when they are sick and/or running a fever.
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after they blow their nose. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Advising persons to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and cleaning hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
  • Urging students and staff to get a flu shot during the flu season.
  • Providing adequate supplies for good hygiene, including clean and functional hand-washing stations, soap, paper towels, and alcohol‐based hand sanitizer.

Information and Resources

More information about COVID-19 can be accessed by calling the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 or our local Walla Walla Department of Community Health at 509-524-2650.

The Walla Walla County Health Department has a new Hot Line for questions about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm

(509) 524-2647

News Updates

School Closure
Touchet School District to close for the remainder of the year per Governor Inslee proclamation. 

Location Information

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90 Champion Street 
P.O. Box 135 
Touchet, WA 99360 
Phone 509.394.2352
Fax 509.394.2952

Phone 509.394.2922
Fax 509.394.2924

Superintendent Message

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Press Release:

Touchet Public Schools will open school for the fall of 2020 with their Board approved “Touchet School District Full Remote At-Home Learning” Model based on the guidelines set out for Washington schools by Governor Jay Inslee and State Superintendent Chris Reykdal.  Walla Walla County has seen a dramatic increase in cases and currently has five times more cases of COVID-19 than is needed for a safe return to school based on the state metric.  The metric is based on national and international data of schools and community transmission.

Last month, the Touchet School Board of Directors reviewed a three-prong return to school that allowed for flexibility based on county conditions.  While TSD will return in a Full Remote model, it is still planning its “Full Return-All Students, M-F” Model for the next level of return when county conditions change.  The TSD will be in the Full Remote “At-Home Learning Model” through the first grading period (9 weeks) and will evaluate conditions throughout the time.

TSDs’ Full Remote “At-Home Learning” Model this fall will be much different from spring 2020.  It will be much more rigorous with increased expectations for student attendance, engagement, and academic performance.  TSD will continue to plan to provide additional options and support for its most vulnerable and struggling students.  We are implementing a structure where many of these students will have access to onsite instruction.

Superintendent Robert Elizondo shared with his staff, “As optimistic as I am to bring all students back, we cannot return with face-to-face instruction this fall, I know that the staff of TSD will continue to rise up to provide a phenomenal experience for students that cares for the academic, social, and emotional well-being of each.”  Elizondo also acknowledged that schools do not operate in isolation that the decision affects every child, every household, and every member of the greater Touchet community.

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