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A Message to the Vancouver Community from Vancouver Public Schools - 10/06/22

Vancouver Community,

Yesterday, Vancouver Public Schools received a troubling report that a staff member may have placed a camera in a locker room at one of our schools. As soon as we received this information, we immediately contacted law enforcement and they began an investigation into these allegations, with our assistance. We also notified the school communities that we knew may have been affected.  


As a precaution, we are conducting searches of all locker rooms and restrooms across our district, because of the accused employee’s role and their access to multiple buildings. We placed the employee on leave pending the outcome of the investigation and removed their access to district systems and buildings.  


Our students and their safety are at the heart of everything we do. We are both angry and frustrated to have to send this message to our community because it means the trust you have placed in us to care for our community’s children and our staff has been disrupted. We want you to know we are deeply sorry for the impact this situation is having on individuals and our collective community.  


We understand that families and community members may have questions about what has happened and what will happen. We will continue to fully support our law enforcement partners and be accountable for the outcomes of their investigation. With their guidance, VPS will share more information, as we are able, and without compromising the law enforcement investigation or the privacy of anyone potentially impacted.  


We will continue to offer counseling support at schools. Students and families in need of additional support are encouraged to reach out to their school leadership team. 

View Video Message from Superintendent Dr. Jeff Snell
 

Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts (VITA) Elementary School
Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts (VITA) Elementary School
Dedication of new VITA Elementary School will take place Oct. 12 (Photo) - 10/04/22

The public is invited to the dedication ceremony for Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts Elementary School. The dedication is Oct. 12, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The school is located at 1111 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Following the dedication ceremony, guests will have the opportunity to tour the school. 

Special guest American astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger will speak at the dedication. Metcalf-Lindenburger was a science teacher at Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver Public Schools when she was selected by NASA in 2004 as an astronaut candidate. After qualifying as a NASA astronaut in 2006, she served as a mission specialist on a 2010 space shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Metcalf-Lindenburger retired from NASA in 2014 and lives with her husband and daughter in the Seattle area.  

VITA was built as part of a capital bond passed by voters in 2017. Based on community engagement and feedback prior to the bond election, the school was designed to support project-based learning encompassing STEAM–science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. It opened this year as VITA Learning Lab for all district elementary students in second through fifth grade to experience the school through multi-day field trips.  

Next fall, VITA will open as an elementary school. The district will go through an elementary boundary review process in the spring to help determine enrollment for both VITA and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Elementary School that will also open in the fall of 2023. Watch for more Information about the boundary process and how you can share your input.

Curriculum and instruction at VITA Learning Lab is supported by community partners including the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site; City of Vancouver; Clark College; Washington State University Vancouver; Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries; and Vancouver Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services.  

General contractor is Robertson & Olson Construction. Architect is LSW Architects PC. Landscape Architect is Shapiro Didway.