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Evergreen Public Schools to remain in Remote Learning until the end of January 2021 - 11/18/20

With mounting COVID numbers in Washington state, and specifically Clark County, today Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent Mike Merlino announced the district will remain in Remote Learning through the first school semester which ends January 28, 2021.

In making the announcement, Superintendent Merlino wanted to provide students and families with a concrete date to facilitate planning. “In difficult, fluid situations, it is helpful to provide as much certainty as possible around items we do have control over.  In my view, given our current environment, it is not realistic to believe we will progress in the short term to allow a move to Hybrid Learning, where roughly half our students could attend in-person twice per week.”

The majority of the district’s nearly 24,000 students will remain in Remote Learning through January, while continuing to provide in-person small group learning for Kindergartners, as well as students with specialized needs and those students needing additional support services. 

Evergreen Public Schools, the largest district in southwest Washington, will continue to follow Clark County Public Health and Washington state guidelines, as well as monitor the promising vaccine news, as it plans for options for second semester that begins February 1, 2021.

Here is the entire letter sent to families: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-JdKn6BripbXD49Je9j_qbXqFTIT_NFe31hwLHKecZY/edit

Evergreen Public Schools grad rate jumps two and-a-half percent for the Class of 2020 - 11/06/20

The graduation rate for Evergreen Public Schools rose more than two-and-a half percent points from the 2019 to 2020 graduation year. Nearly 94 percent of the students in the Class of 2020 (students who graduated in June 2020) graduated on time. That represents a more than a ten-point gain in just five years: the class of 2015 had a 83.7 percent on-time graduation rate.

The six high schools included in the graduation rate – Evergreen, Henrietta Lacks, Heritage, Legacy, Mountain View and Union – have made substantial jumps in the last five year. For the Class of 2020, Legacy High School graduates again improved their on-time rate from 69.3 to 82.9 percent in one year. Among the large comprehensive high schools, nearly 94 percent of Evergreen High School’s seniors graduated on time compared to 86.8 in 2019.

The goal of ensuring all students graduate from high school is one the entire Evergreen Public Schools community has embraced and worked on for the last decade. It begins with foundational skill building instruction at the elementary level, and focused interventions and assistance for students at each step. Added components such as social-emotional support and reducing absences have also helped students stay engaged and on track to complete high school, as well as some modifications to the state-mandated graduation requirements.

Evergreen High School Principal Daniel Orrantia says, “As the state has allowed students to demonstrate mastery of a subject in a variety of different assessment options rather than just taking one type of test, more students are finding a path to graduation. We continue to work and support students to ensure we provide the best way for them to succeed.”

With students attending school from a distance since last March, school staff have increased efforts to ensure students stay engaged and are not slipping through the cracks. The chart below shows the five-year progress of Evergreen Public Schools graduation rate by high school:

School             2019-20            2018-19           2017-18            2016-17            2015-16

Evergreen         93.7                 86.8                  85                     84.8                  81.7

Henrietta Lacks 99.3                 98.5                  97.8                  97.5                  97.1     

Heritage            90.2                  87.9                  86.7                  81.6                  80.4

Legacy              82.9                  69.3                  57.1                  32.4                  31.2

Mountain View  95.9                  96.3                  89.3                  91.1                  87.6

Union                95.4                  95.9                  93.9                  93.0                  93.2

DISTRICT         93.8%               91.3%               87.5%               85.7%               83.5%  

Evergreen Public Schools, with 25,000 students and 3,300 staff members, is the sixth largest school district in the state, and the third largest employer in Clark County.