Welcome to

Mt. Pleasant School

September 26, 2022

Dear Mt. Pleasant Families,

We are one month into the 2022-23 school year and our students have done a great job settling into routines and putting forth their best effort each day. I am enjoying visiting classrooms and getting to know students and teachers. The Mt. Pleasant School environment is positive, directed towards learning, facilitating collaboration and self discovery. I am looking forward to seeing how our students progress over this year.

Communication between home and school is extremely important towards providing an effective instructional environment for our children. As we prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences, we look forward to your insights regarding your child’s education and input about the school year. Our teachers truly appreciate the support that you give to your child in his/her education while at home.

Our conferences will be held during the week of October 24 - 28th. Teachers will be reaching out to you soon to choose a time for your conference(s). Please contact your child’s teacher if you need to find an alternative time due to scheduling conflicts.

Please note that Monday October 24 through Friday October 28th are early release days and students will be dismissed at 12:30pm. Please assure that your child attends class in the mornings as we will continue to teach important core curriculum to students each day.

Please reach out to myself or your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.


All my best,

Cathy Lehmann

Cathy Lehmann

Principal / Superintendent

Mt. Pleasant School



Job Openings

Classified Positions


Substitute Bus Driver


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Certificated Positions



Substitute Teacher
Please inquire at the office.

School Hours

8:15-2:45

Monday-Thursday

8:15-12:30

Friday


152 Marble Road Washougal, WA 98671
Office: 360.835.3371

Up & Coming Events

  • October 6....... Pie pick up day!

  • October 12..... Picture Day!!

  • October 18..... Board Meeting @7:30

  • October 24th -28th..... Parent/Teacher conferences





Cookie Friday is coming!!! Friday October 14th is the first Friday of the year to enjoy a warm chocolate chip cookie at lunch. If you wish for your child to participate, please send $27. This will cover all Cookie Friday's for the year. Please send cash, check (payable to Mt. Pleasant PTO), or VENMO (@MtpPleasant-PTO) the last four digits are 9480.

If you need financial service, please reach out to the PTO or Megan in the office. There is funding available so that every child that wishes to have a cookie can have one. If you are feeling generous consider funding another child's cookie Friday.

we are looking for volunteers to help bake the cookies on Fridays.Interested?Let Erin Johansen know @ (360)910-8438.


Dear Mt. Pleasant Families,

I want to officially welcome all of you back to school for the 2022-23 School Year!

This will be my first year as the Superintendent/Principal of Mt. Pleasant School, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to get to know all of you and engage in the educational process together. The elementary and middle school years are critical times of development for students and families alike, and I look forward to working with all of you to make this year successful.

I am a lifelong educator who brings a firm commitment to students and families as well as a love of learning and problem solving. I have 24 years of experience as a school administrator and have loved all of my work in education. There is no greater pleasure than being a part of the life, growth, and development of children. I look forward to building lasting relationships with each and every member of the Mt. Pleasant community. Please introduce yourself in the days and weeks ahead.

Please check our website for a list of supplies for your grade level. Supplies should be dropped off during our Open House on August 30th beginning at 6:00.

Because it is so important that teachers and parents work together in making a child’s school year a happy and successful one, it is hoped that you will be able to spend some time during the school year helping in the classroom or at home. Please discuss with your child’s teacher, ways that will work within your schedule. Home/School partnership is one of the top reasons that our Mt. Pleasant students continue to excel academically.

We look forward to seeing all of you soon. If you have any questions related to school policy and procedures, schedules, etc., please feel free to notify the main office at 360-835-3371, check our school website via https://www.mtpleasantschool.org/home, or email me at cathy.lehmann@mtpleasantschool.org. Enjoy the remainder of the summer!

Warm Regards,

Cathy Lehmann

Superintendent / Principal

Mt. Pleasant School


August 22, 2022

Dear Parents and Families,

I am writing to share new information from the State Department of Health about COVID-19 health and safety guidance for schools this fall.

Washington state updated its COVID-19 school and child care guidance on August 5, 2022. Following these safety measures reduces the spread of COVID-19. This letter explains how the updated guidance impacts your family and the community.

Health and Safety Requirements for this Fall:

· Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home, and should get tested for COVID-19.

· Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home for 5 days. If symptoms improve and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, students and staff can come back to school and are encouraged to test before returning.

· Students and staff returning to school after isolation should wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10. Individuals returning to school from isolation should also remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities.

· Students and staff who test positive after 5 days of isolation must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period.

· Schools must inform students, families, and staff when there are cases or outbreaks in school. Schools are no longer required to directly notify high risk students or staff. See page 3. Our school will no longer notify high risk students and their families of exposure. We will communicate cases and outbreaks to families by email and our website.

These requirements are in place for all public and private K-12 schools and child care facilities in Washington state. Schools and child care facilities are required by state law to follow these guidelines.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19,Mt. Pleasant offers free COVID-19 testing for staff and students at school.

Households are encouraged to test as needed at home. In Washington state, you can receive free self-tests from the Say Yes! COVID Test program. Most insurance covers the costs of up to 8 self-tests per individual per month.

COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 6 months and older. Booster doses are also available for children 5 years and older. You are encouraged to vaccinate your children if they are eligible, in consultation with your health care provider.

You can reach us at(360)835-3371 for help or more information. We look forward to creating safe and healthy spaces for our students when they return in this fall.


Sincerely,

Cathy Lehmann


Mt. Pleasant School District Equity Plan: INSTITUTIONAL PRACTICES


Mt. Pleasant School District is deeply engaged in work around equity, race and identity to better foster and support an environment in which our students, families, and staff grow, thrive, and succeed. This work, and the language used to describe it, is rapidly evolving. This procedure will be reviewed at least annually by the administration staff and the School Board to reflect current practices and language.

Institutional practices are those actions taken by an institution (a school, a department, the school district) that intentionally or unintentionally advantage or disadvantage certain groups. In working to become an anti-racist institution we must actively work to develop and implement practices that are equitable. We must also actively work to dismantle current practices that end with inequitable or discriminatory results.

Objective: By using an Equity Lens Mt. Pleasant School District aims to reduce inequities within the institution, including disproportionality in student outcomes. This Lens is intended to help implement the vision outlined in the district’s equity policy and the strategic plan, which is our equity plan. This Lens will also develop a common vocabulary and protocol for developing and evaluating policies, programs, practices, and decisions to result in more equitable outcomes.

Recognizing that applying the Equity Lens might look different at the school, department, or district level, the Equity Lens should be considered in decisions such as staffing; budgeting; initiating, developing, or ending programs or procedures/processes; developing design specifications; allocating resources and opportunities; and purchase or implementation of instructional materials.

We acknowledge that the use of the equity lens can result in different decisions depending on the data set used and the people involved in the decision making. While reasonable people can disagree, decisions do need to be made and the lens should not be used to paralyze administrative action. To truly apply an equity lens to our work it is important that decision makers be involved in the broader community to ensure an understanding of our students, families and staff.

Process: When using the Equity Lens, consider the following questions and consider the impacts on historically marginalized groups and communities:

1. Who are the groups affected by this policy, program, practice, or decision? What are the potential impacts on these groups?

2. Does this policy, program, practice, or decision have unintended consequences, such as ignoring or worsening existing disparities?

3. How have we intentionally involved stakeholders who are also members of the communities impacted by this policy, program, practice, or decision? Can the stakeholders validate your assessments in questions 1 and 2?

4. What are the barriers to a more equitable implementation of your policy, program, practice, or decision? (Consider mandates, politics, emotions, finances, or programs.)

5. How will you mitigate any negative impacts and address any barriers that you have identified?

In addition to using the Equity Lens, we will:

● Implement a proactive strategy to recruit, employ, support, retain, and continuously develop a workforce of racially and culturally competent administrative, instructional, and support staff that increases the diversity and inclusiveness of the Mt. Pleasant School District work environment and reflects the Highline Promise.

● Distribute resources in a way that considers equity in a student-centered mindset to eliminate or significantly reduce systemic, measurable inequities in achievement.

● Continuously and comprehensively review disaggregated district-, school-, and student-level data to identify areas of disproportionality and identify strategies to eliminate achievement gaps.

● Assure that all students have access to the same rigorous, culturally relevant, standards-based materials and instruction while ensuring the creative use of culturally relevant supplemental materials that engage our community of diverse learners.

● Incorporate student voice as a critical part of decision-making.

● Implement and monitor culturally responsive, anti-racist and gender affirming practices throughout the district and in each school. This can be accomplished through the development of equity teams and the creation of norms and protocols to support these conversations.

● Foster a work environment that provides a safe environment for staff of color that includes accountability of professional and respectful behaviors.

● Hold each other accountable for our individual and collective responsibility to intervene when they see instances of inequity, racism, and institutional bias.

Accountability:

At least annually the Superintendent will issue a report updating each area of work, including progress made and areas for improvement, as well as areas that will be changing for the upcoming year. The report should include both qualitative and quantitative data and may result in recommendations to change policies, procedures, or practices throughout the district.

Mt. Pleasant School District

Adopted By the Mount Pleasant School Board May 2021

Equity Analysis Tool
Academic and Student Well Being Recovery Plan



Safety Precautions & Procedures - Frequently Asked Questions:

Updated Sept 23, 2020

Ventilation/filtration:

a. Have upgrades been done to the HVAC system to filter viruses?

We have a brand-new HVAC system that was installed this summer and has the highest level of filters available for that system. The filters meet the standard to filter viruses. Our classrooms are stand-alone units and don’t move air from/to other classrooms.

In addition to the new HVAC units, we have purchased air filters for each classroom with HEPA filters. They filter the air 12 times per hour in addition to the HVAC to make sure we have the cleanest air possible in the classrooms.

b. UV light to sanitize air?

We are not using UV lighting at this time. We are looking into the CDC recommendations for the use of such a device. Initial advice is this that this is not effective for schools and it has not been recommended.

c. Flow calculation/testing to mix in fresh air?

Our new system meets the recommended guidelines.

Bathrooms - if someone gets sick are there only 2 bathrooms in the school?

There are 4 bathrooms in the building two are for students and two are for staff. We have always allowed students to use staff bathrooms if the student bathroom is not available or if there is another reason they feel they can’t use the student bathroom. The Mt. Pleasant staff is creating a system to take students in groups to the bathrooms and follow procedures - only 2 in the bathroom at at time -especially checking for hand washing, The bathrooms are “deep cleaned” tues night and weekends. Staff will clean and sanitize highly touched surfaces several times a day when used by students.

Mask guidelines? homemade versus a blue medical style. Many homemade are of unknown quality and condition and may not include a suitable nose fit mechanism.

State guidelines require students to wear masks and don’t differentiate between cloth or procedural masks. We have masks on site if someone forgets to bring one or they need a replacement. Mask recommendations are under review by Health authorities. Changes will be communicated. Students and staff are required to wear masks at all times when at school or on the bus. Early reports form schools in session with students comment that students of all ages are doing a great job complying with this mandate.

Parent attestation:

Parents are required to provide a statement that their child is not sick and does not have symptoms EVERY time they enter the building. We are hoping for a “sign in” app called “Qualtrics” before their student arrives at the building that states their student meets the requirements to attend school that day. If a parent does not have access to this app, they will be provided paper copies that will need to be brought to school with the student daily. If a parent forgets to fill out the attestation the student will not be allowed in class until it is filled out. We will keep you informed about the availability of the app. We are planning to start the attestation process on Oct 6th with a paper attestation. Look for the paper forms in your child's backpack when they return from school on the first day.

Numbers:

Our district includes students from Skamania and Clark County with the majority of students residing in Clark County. Because our district is located in, and is a Skamania County school district, we are required to meet the metric guidelines set forth by Skamania County. A letter from the Skamania Dept of Heath is on our website- showing the recommendation to allow some “in-person” teaching of students. The Mt. Pleasant school board approved the phase 1 reopening plan at their meeting on Sept. 15th.

Located at the entrance to the beautiful Columbia Gorge, the Mt. Pleasant School District began as a one-room school. Now a K-8 school district with modern facilities and an annual budget of $500,000, the district offers the many benefits of a small school district as well as outstanding supplemental programs that draw on the talents of our staff and the resources of surrounding communities. The school district’s 60+ students learn in a unique multi-age classroom configuration that maximizes student learning and builds a cohesive and productive school environment. Following the eighth grade, the majority of students matriculate to Washougal High School or Stevenson High School.

Mt. Pleasant offers the quality of life of a small community and the beauty and recreation activities in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. An abundance of cultural, dining and retail opportunities is less than 30 minutes away in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Mt. Pleasant School District to provide learning experiences which will not only assist students in developing basic skill, competencies, and attitudes, but challenge them to succeed. Mt. Pleasant will provide these experiences in a safe and secure environment through caring educators and staff in partnership with the community, school board and administration.

Vision Statement

To be recognized as a school district that empowers all children to succeed in an ever-changing world.