Free sports physicals offered Saturday, June 8

OHS and CHS football players are at the line of scrimmage as OHS center prepares to hike the ballThe district emailed the following information about free sports physicals on May 31 to families of OSD students in grades 6-11. The information is also included in a news article on the district and all school websites, as well as on district social media. Please continue to share the following opportunity with anyone interested at your schools or support buildings:

Free sports physicals will be offered on Saturday, June 8 for middle and high school students planning to participate in athletic programs during the 2019-20 school year.

The free sports physicals, open to Olympia School District students who will be enrolled in grades 7-12 in the 2019-20 school year, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave. N.W. in Olympia.

The event is a partnership between the school district, Olympia Orthopedic Associates and local health care providers. Note: the free sports physical examinations do not replace recommended “well-child” checks conducted by family health care providers.

Medical history forms may be picked up at the Capital or Olympia high school athletic offices, or downloaded from the Olympia School District website. Please bring completed and signed copies of both the Athletic Physical Examination form and the Athletic Physical History form on June 8. The forms are available on the district website in English and Spanish.

Accessibility Tip of the Week: Be mindful of images containing text

Princeton open house flyer. All event details, including location, attendees and time are included within the image.This week Robert Hardy, our district website accessibility specialist, shares about being mindful of images containing text. Please call Robert with any accessibility questions at Ext. 6105. He is more than happy to talk by phone or schedule a time to meet with you.

When producing content for the web, it is important to be mindful of images containing text, such as event flyers. These images can present a challenge for accessibility, as the text contained within them is not ‘true text’, but is actually part of a rendered image. This practice effectively locks away much of the content for those who rely on assistive technology such as screen magnifiers or screen readers.

To test if your content is locked away in an image, try selecting the text with your mouse or keyboard. If you cannot select it, it is locked away and must be presented in an alternative format.

For shorter content, adding the text to the alternative text tag for the image should be sufficient. Steps on creating these tags are included on the Website Accessibility Resources page.

While this may work well for short pieces of content, longer documents, such as the flyer below, require more space than an alternative text tag would allow. In these cases, the relevant content should be placed in the copy alongside the image.

This practice not only improves the accessibility of your document, but also has the added benefit of improving the likelihood of your content appearing in search engines such as Google. Search engines are, after all, advanced screen readers!

As always, if you have any accessibility tips or questions, please reach out to Robert Hardy (6105).

Committee seeks input on school start times

SurveyA Citizens Advisory Committee invites OSD students, families, employees and community members to complete an online survey about potential changes to start and end times in the Olympia School District.

This survey is the work of a Citizens Advisory Committee tasked by the Olympia School Board with researching and developing recommendations to the board regarding school year calendar/school start times. The earliest any potential changes would take effect is the 2020-21 school year.

Please fill out a brief online survey, which includes a link to a video created by students about the committee’s work and a link to research about school start times.

The deadline to complete the survey is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Take the survey

Ice Cream Social this Thursday and other retiree celebrations around the district

Guests gathered at a table at the 2018 OSD Ice Cream Social

OSD Ice Cream Social 2018

Mark your calendars for the Olympia School District’s Ice Cream Social this Thursday, May 23.

This annual event honors district retirees, celebrates advocates of the year and recognizes the Olympia Education Association Teacher of the Year. All staff are welcome to attend.

The event is scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Capital High School Commons, 2707 Conger Ave. N.W., Olympia. Ice cream will be served at 4 p.m. with the awards ceremony to follow.

Other retiree celebrations open to all employees around the district include (continue to check back as other celebrations are added):

  • Assistant Superintendent Nancy Faaren: Tuesday, June 4, 4:30-6 p.m., Knox Administrative Center. Please wear red shoes!
  • Lincoln Elementary Speech and Language Therapist Daniel McCartan and District Music and Band Coordinator Dan Lundberg: Friday, June 14, 9-9:30 a.m., Lincoln Elementary School.

Join us for the screening of “LIKE”

LIKE movie posterAs part of the Olympia School District’s commitment to providing awareness and education around digital health and well-being, the district is excited to provide an opportunity for OSD families and staff to watch “LIKE”, a film that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain.

This IndieFlix Original documentary encourages viewers to consider the goals of social media platforms: connection, sharing and caring. Is this tool used in a healthy way? What is the best way to self-regulate our use of this tool?

Screenings of the Like movie begin at 6 p.m. and are open to OSD families and staff at no cost. Students in grades 5-12 are welcome to join their parents at this screening. The film is approximately 50 minutes long and will be followed by an opportunity for a short discussion.

When: May 22, 28, 29
Where: Olympia High School Lecture Hall

When: June 10, 11, 13
Where: Capital High School Auditorium

We hope to see you there!

New online form available for reporting work-related injuries

person working on a laptopIt is the Olympia School District’s goal to reduce and eliminate all work-related injuries, but in the unfortunate event that an employee is injured and needs to report an on-the-job injury, there is now a more direct process available.

In partnership with the ESD 113 Workers’ Compensation Trust, the Olympia School District is implementing an online Employee Incident Reporting Form that makes reporting a work-related injury simple.

Instead of filling out the large injury packet, an employee may report an injury directly to the ESD 113 Employee Incident Report webpage or from the OSD staff intranet:

  1. Log in to the Olympia School District staff intranet.
  2. Click the “Departments” page.
  3. Click the “Safety and Risk” page.
  4. Click the “Employee Incident Report” link.
  5. Follow the step through the form and click submit.

That’s it! Quick, easy and direct. By using this format, the ESD and the district will be able to provide better service to the injured worker. This will help speed up the reporting process and reduce the amount of time it takes for the injured worker to report their injury.

In addition to this online format, we will continue to have paper forms available to all employees at the site where they work.

School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program begins January 1, 2020

Person riding bike with information in post about health changes coming to employee benefits (SEbb)School Employee Benefits Board (SEBB) insurance will begin January 1, 2020 with open enrollment October 1 – November 15, 2019. The SEBB Program is a statewide insurance benefit program for school employees.  The Legislature established the SEBB Program to ensure all certificated and classified school employees and their families have access to affordable, high-quality health care. To find out more information regarding SEBB, please visit their website at or click one of the links below: