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Superintendent's Message

Supt. Garza

Dear Wapato Public Schools Families,

There are just a couple weeks left in the 2020-2021 school year and what an unprecedented year it has been.  To sum it up it has been a year filled with challenges, choices and change.  However, with your support, we have been able to successfully navigate and continue to navigate the uncertainty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As a result of the partnership with our families, students and community the accomplishments of this school year have been many, not the least of which has been the safe, progressive reopening of our schools.  If you remember when school started in September the District was using a fully remote, distance learning model for all students.  Within the first couple weeks we began providing in-person instruction to small groups.  Early November marked the safe, progressive return of larger groups of elementary students to a hybrid learning model and by February all preschool through 12th grade students had access to a hybrid model of in-person instruction.  The development and successful implementation of the District’s progressive reopening plan could not have happened without your support and for that I can’t thank you enough.

Next week we get to celebrate another accomplishment when we graduate more than 180 members of the Class of 2021 between Wapato and PACE high schools.  I want to thank the families of our graduating seniors for supporting them since the start of their K-12 educational journey and especially the past year.  You have much to be proud of and we look forward to joining you in recognizing all of our graduates.

As we all get ready to bring the 2020-2021 school year to an end I’m sure some of you are questioning what the 2021-2022 school year will look like as it relates to the ongoing pandemic.  I can tell you it’s the District’s intent to return to full, in-person learning for all students (preschool-12th grade).  Although the state is not requiring school districts to offer a distance learning option next year, we are in the process of determining the benefits and feasibility of providing our families that option.  Once a final decision has been made we will share that with you in advance of the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Speaking of the start of next school year I want to make sure you are aware that school will start prior to the Labor Day Holiday weekend.  For a number of years the first day of school has always been the Tuesday after Labor Day, this coming year the first day of school is September 2nd which is the Thursday before the Labor Day weekend.

In closing, I encourage to stay engaged with your student’s school and teacher right through the end of the school year.  Every School Day Counts!


Kelly Garza, Superintendent