MOUNT VERNON — With some pops of color, creative spacing, and high-quality cameras and microphones, a once-drab meeting room in a Mount Vernon office space has been turned into an online preschool.

OLYMPIA — Hours after a new state law passed on Wednesday, Washington superintendent of public instruction Chris Reykdal told school districts that if they want their new federal COVID-19 relief money, they need to update and submit their reopening plans by March 1.

In my previous column on how we can put the teacher-student relationship at the forefront of our public education system, Manson Elementary teacher Marcy Lindert made a compelling case for creating a culture that fosters trust and helps kids find their unique gifts and talents.

WENATCHEE — GWATA will celebrate the International day of Women and Girls in Science on Feb. 11 by presenting a dynamic panel with leading scientists in various disciplines from outside of the region. The panel will be moderated by North Central Washington local, Dr. Sue Kane, Ph.D.

WENATCHEE — Moving school to full time rests on the relaxation of the six-foot rule. With students separated by six feet in classrooms because of pandemic social distancing rules, school districts are limited in how many students can be in any one classroom.

WENATCHEE — A different version of SnowSchool will be offered this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In previous years, field trips and in-person activities would be offered through the program organized through the 4-H Extension and WSU Chelan/Douglas County Extension.

WATERVILLE — The Feb. 9 special election includes an Orondo School District request for a capital levy for health, life safety and security.

WENATCHEE — Some employees in the Wenatchee, Eastmont and Chelan school districts received COVID-19 vaccinations Saturday at a clinic sponsored by a union and two pharmacies.

PULLMAN — Washington State University faculty members are incensed over a proposal from the college administration to funnel $2 million to $3 million in university funds to the athletics department budget.

ELLENSBURG — The Central Washington Board of Trustees announced the appointment of the university’s 15th president, Dr. Jim Wohlpart, Thursday, after an extensive search that included listening sessions with students, alumni, faculty and board members.

WENATCHEE — It’s not unusual for school districts to have a bus driver shortage — at the beginning of the school year. But when the shortage happens in the middle of the school year, you can bet it is pandemic-related.

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