OLYMPIA — Washington officials who oversee the state’s immunization policies in schools won’t consider a requirement to mandate COVID-19 vaccines in schoolchildren until a vaccine is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, state officials said this week.

The North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) recently recognized more than 60 school nurses and health room assistants with its 2021 Friend of Children Award. The award honors the significant role health services staff play in ensuring schools are prepared to address COVID requirem…

Wenatchee middle school band students hunker down while a gust of wind blows dust from a nearby baseball field through them Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Foothills Middle School. The pep band made up of students from the three schools had gathered to play for over an hour during a soccer jamboree their classmates were playing in. This is their third performance this week during soccer games. Pioneer band director Erin Luebber, holding up the stand at left, came up with the idea to get the middle school children a way to perform in public - the first time in over a year because of COVID-19 restrictions. Thursday ended up being challenging with the wind blowing stands down and sending music flying along the grass. About 30 middle schoolers played during this performance.

SPOKANE — Mary Cullinan, Eastern Washington University’s first female president and the 26th president in the university’s history, has died, EWU Interim President David May announced to the campus community earlier this week.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dozens of Senate Republicans called on the Biden administration on Friday to withdraw what they say is a “divisive” education proposal that would place greater emphasis on slavery and the contributions of Black Americans in history and civics lessons taught in U.S. schools.

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee School District has announced the hiring of two new principals for Washington and John Newbery elementary schools. Both Janell Royster and Socorro Yañez are current school district employees.

RICHLAND — More than 8% of Hanford High students are learning from home this week because they came in close contact with someone at school who has COVID.

Kids are safer in school. A year into the pandemic, we have solid evidence that essentially all COVID-19 transmission in Chelan and Douglas counties has happened outside of school.

MALAGA — Two people were transported to Central Washington Hospital on Thursday after a sedan rear-ended a school bus.

EAST WENATCHEE — East Wenatchee Police Chief Rick Johnson has proposed adding a resource officer to Eastmont High School, a move he said would provide much more than just an extra sense of security on campus.

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