March 2, 2020

Dear parents, guardians and staff,

The safety of our students and staff is a top priority, and we want to share some important information regarding the coronavirus that has now been confirmed in Washington and Oregon. Vancouver Public Schools is closely monitoring this evolving situation. District employees are working directly with Clark County Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health as we do for all matters concerning public health.

We understand your concerns about this virus, and we want to assure you that we will provide updated messages as necessary.

What VPS is doing

  • We are following directions from Clark County Public Health, which is in contact with the Washington State Department of Health and closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Per recommendations, we are following standard cleaning and disinfecting procedures. Common contact surfaces, sinks, kitchens, restrooms and windows are cleaned regularly.
  • Students and staff are being reminded to wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or to use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol if handwashing isn’t possible.
  • We will continue to take precautions, monitor schools, follow the recommendations of the local and state departments of health and make adjustments as needed.

What parents can do

  • Make sure that you have provided up-to-date contact information to your child’s school so that you can receive updates.
  • Keep sick children at home as appropriate after notifying the school.
  • Encourage your children to practice good hand-washing.
  • Make a plan for childcare in the event that health officials direct schools to be closed to minimize the spread of the disease.

Information and resources are posted on the district’s website.

For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the Washington State Department of Health website or call 800-525-0127 and press #.


Steve Webb, superintendent
Vancouver Public Schools