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The Nov. 2 election will be critical in providing the stability needed to address other pressing issues. If the ballot questions are approved, we will continue planning for our next challenges - growth in our communities, overcrowded schools and uneven enrollment increases. 

SoWashCo Schools students will be able to pick up free Vault COVID-19 saliva test kits from their school’s health office starting on Monday, Sept. 20. Tests will be completed at home over Zoom with a Vault test supervisor and can be dropped off at school health offices on designated collection days. 

Through the 2021 Advanced Child Tax Credit, eligible families can receive advance payments of up to $300 a month for each child under the age of six and up to $250 per month for each child older than age six. Families can benefit from the credit even if they don’t have earned income or do not owe any income taxes. Payments will be sent monthly from the IRS through Dec. 15, 2021. 

SoWashCo Schools is experiencing some unavailable menu items or last-minute replacements due to the nationwide food shortage. We are working to replace items with similar options, however, menus are subject to change. 

During its regularly scheduled business meeting on Thursday, Aug. 26, the School Board approved several policies including updates to the racial equity and inclusion policy and the adoption of a face covering resolution and policy.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved SoWashCo Schools to provide free breakfast and lunch for enrolled students for the 2021-22 school year. Paperwork is not required to receive free meals, but SoWashCo Schools will continue to push for all families to complete the Educational Benefits form.

If the state funding formula was tied to inflation, school districts would have a much more stable financial base for daily operations. With the budget agreement, the basic formula would increase our district’s total revenue by 1.2% in 2021-22, bringing in approximately $3.3 million in new revenue.