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2023-2024 School Year

Important Information for the 2023-2024 School Year

Growing Together the Viking Way!  

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August 7, 2023

•  First Day of School – As we welcome in the 2023-2024 school year, Selah students will follow a staggered start.  The back-to-school start schedule is:

  • Monday, August 28 — Grades 3-12
  • Wednesday, August 30 — Grades Transitional Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten, First and Second
  • Tuesday, September 5 — All Preschool Students

Please find the instructional calendar here.  Individual buildings will be sending out more detailed information prior to the start of school.  Please be watching for additional updates related to Pre-K through 2nd Grades regarding the first four days of school.

• New Student Enrollment  – New student enrollment is currently open to all grade levels.  As a convenience for families, the District has transitioned to enrolling new Selah students online.  The new online process includes enrollment for new families in the District, as well as for existing families who have other children attending Selah Schools and want to enroll a sibling or other student in the household. Access https://www.selahschools.org/domain/759 to learn more about the District’s new online enrollment process.

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• Returning Student Registration  –  At the start of each school year, we ask families to complete the annual registration process for their returning students through their Skyward Family Access account. This process includes updating and verifying important student and family information including emergency contacts, student health information, verifying military status, and reviewing the student compact and handbooks for the new school year. If you haven't done so already, at your convenience, please complete the returning student registration process for each of your students through your Skyward Family Access portal. Login instructions are available HERE. If you have any questions about this process or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the main office of your student’s school or the District Office. 

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School Schedules  – The school schedules will remain the same as last  year.  Below is the bell schedule for the upcoming school year:

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•  Wednesday Late Start Schedule – Beginning Wednesday, September 6ALL SCHOOLS in Selah will follow the one-hour late arrival schedule every Wednesday.  

•  School Supplies – This year, like previous years, families are not required to purchase school supplies.  Access here to see the flier with more information.  En Español .

•  Nutrition Services    ALL Selah Students Will Again Receive Free Meals for the 23-24 School Year!  Prioritizing student nutritional needs, all Selah School District students will receive daily meals at no cost.  Even though all Selah students will be eligible to eat without cost, as part of the program, the District is still required to collect Family Income Surveys. Please see the Nutritiohttps://www.selahschools.org/domain/28n Services website here.  

•  Meal Menus    Please access here to view Selah School District breakfast and lunch meal menus.

•  Breakfast after the Bell    As we approach the first day of the 2023-24 school year, we would like to share some important information about meal service for each of our schools.  

Selah meets the requirements to continue to operate under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) structure for meal service, allowing for meals to continue to be provided at no cost for the upcoming school year.  

A requirement to utilize the CEP structure is to implement a Breakfast after the Bell Program beginning the 2023-24 school year.  There are several benefits of offering Breakfast after the Bell (BAB).  Breakfast after the Bell gives all students the opportunity to eat a nutritious meal at the beginning of the day. By increasing availability, BAB programs produce higher participation rates than traditional breakfast service.  Increased breakfast participation is linked to improved academic achievement, reduced disruptive behavior, and reduced rates of absence and tardiness.

What does this mean for each of our schools?

All three elementary schools (RL, JCP, and SIS) will offer breakfast after the bell and students will eat in classrooms.  As such, breakfast will be provided during the instructional day.  The traditional breakfast service will not be provided before the bell as it was in the past.

Selah Middle School will also provide a breakfast after the bell option in addition to breakfast served before school begins.  This will allow students the opportunity to eat breakfast in the classroom if they missed breakfast offered before the bell or were not yet ready to eat prior to the start of the school day .  There will be no changes at Selah High School. SHS will continue to offer breakfast before the school day begins and a second chance breakfast opportunity after the bell.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  You may contact Laurie Ozanich, Director of Nutrition Services at lauraozanich@selahschools.org or Chris Scacco, Associate Superintendent for District Operations at chrisscacco@selahschools.org if you have any questions.  

•  Family Income Surveys    Our school is participating in a federal program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This program allows all children in our school to eat at no charge. However, some education programs we provide are funded with state dollars.

We will no longer be collecting Free and Reduced-Price Applications every year, instead, we must collect the Family Income Survey. This form helps us collect household information for all students attending CEP schools. Without this information, Selah School District could lose important state funding for educational programs and your child may not qualify for the fee waiver. 

Complete the Family Income Survey here. If you have any questions, please contact Kristi Irion at 509-698-8037.

Nuestra escuela participa en un programa federal llamado Disposición de Elegibilidad Comunitaria (CEP), que permite que todos los niños de nuestra escuela coman de manera gratuita. Sin embargo, algunos de los programas educativos que brindamos son financiados con dólares del estado.

Ya no recopilaremos las solicitudes para Comidas Gratuitas y a Costo Reducido de cada año. De ahora en adelante, debemos recolectar la Encuesta de Ingresos Familiares. Este formulario nos ayuda a obtener datos del hogar de todos los estudiantes que asisten a escuelas CEP. Sin esta información, el Distrito Escolar de Selah podría perder importantes fondos estatales para programas educativos y su hijo podría no calificar para la exención de cuotas.

Rellene la encuesta sobre la renta familiar utilizando el enlace que figura a continuación. Cuando haga clic en el enlace, cambie inglés por español en la esquina superior derecha. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Kristi Irion al 509-698-8020.

•  Bus Schedules  –  Transportation schedules for the 2023-2024 school year are being completed and will be posted.  Please access here for the route information for Grades First - Twelve.  See here for the Robert Lince Early Learning Center bus routes. 

•  Bus Safety  –  As Selah students return to classrooms, please be reminded of  bus safety protocols.  

•  When to Stop for a School Bus  –  Please be reminded of when motorists are required to stop for the school bus. See Here.    

•  Immunization Requirements  –  All immunization records turned into schools or child care centers are required by state law to be medically verified. Immunization records must be turned into the school on or before the first day of attendance. This means immunization records turned in to the school must be from a health care provider, or you must attach paperwork from a health care provider to your handwritten form that shows your child’s records are accurate.  Your child cannot attend school until you provide these records.  Please see more immunization information here.  For a complete list of immunization requirements for school, please access here.

•  ParentSquare Communication Platform  –  The District will continue with its communication platform, ParentSquare this upcoming school year. This unified communications platform is designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with our district and schools. Parents have received an email asking them to activate their ParentSquare Accounts.  If you did not receive an email from the District prompting you to activate your account, please contact the school your child attends.  Also, if you have never initiated the activation of your ParentSquare account previously, please contact the school your student attends.  For more ParentSquare information please see here.   For a brief introduction to the ParentSquare platform watch here .

•  Teacher Placements  –  At the elementary levels, families will be contacted by their child's teacher in mid-August to introduce themselves.  Introductions will be made through either phone calls, postcards, emails, or through a combination of ways.  At the Early Learning Center and John Campbell Primary campus, back-to-school family meetings will occur the first couple of days of school as these two buildings don't formally begin on August 28.

•  Volunteering in Selah Schools  – We are excited when parents and patrons want to be a part of the Selah School District team and volunteer in our schools.  For more information on how to volunteer in Selah Schools, please see here.  

•  Athletics  –  Selah School District strongly supports the commitment to interscholastic athletic programs as an essential educational opportunity for students. If interested in participating in Selah High School or Selah Middle School athletics, all participants must register using the Final Forms online registration.  Please see more information here.  Also, sports physicals are required at both the high school and middle school level.  For more information, please contact the athletic office at the school in which your athlete would like to participate. 

•  Activities Calendar – Please access here to view the 2023-2024 Activities Calendar.   

•  Back-to-School Newsletter – Please read important information in the Back-to-School newsletter.  Please access here.

•  Student Handbook Please see here  for the 2023-2024 Student and Family Handbook.

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•  School Safety – Student safety is the Selah School District's top priority when students are learning on campus and in classrooms and partcipating in school activities.  We are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment.  Please access here to visit our safety website.  Also, Selah Middle School and Selah High School students can use the STOPit App to anonymously report safety concerns.  Learn More Here.  More safety information will be distributed throughout the school year.  Also, please mark your calendar for our first Community Collaboration event of the new school year on  Wednesday, September 13th at 5:30 p.m. at the Selah Middle School VPAC.  The topis is Student and School Safety.   

•  Our Annual Legal Notices –  To review a listing of our annual legal notices please see here.

We are excited about the 2023-2024 school year!  If you have any questions, please contact the building your child(ren) attend(s), or contact the District Office.  Here's to a good, first day on Monday, August 28