OSD and Puget Sound Energy host solar panel project ribbon cutting Friday, November 12

An array of rooftop solar panels at Olympia High School.
Rooftop solar panels at Olympia High School. Courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.

Employees are invited to a ribbon cutting on November 12 celebrating the completion of the solar panel installation at Olympia High School as part of a partnership between the school district and Puget Sound Energy (PSE).

The ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 4 p.m. in the Olympia High School Commons. Guests are asked to enter the Commons at the back of the school off Carlyon Avenue S.E.

The project features more than 500 rooftop solar panels and is part of PSE’s Community Solar Program, which adds solar energy to the local power grid from one large location.

PSE representatives, Superintendent Patrick Murphy, Olympia School Board members and other local dignitaries are expected to attend. No school board business will be conducted at this event.

Note: Please enter OHS through the Commons located behind the school off Carlyon Avenue S.E.

Free drive-through COVID-19 testing

Woman and boy, both masked inside the front seat of a car, demonstrating what it would look like to participate in the ESD drive-through testing site.

Students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with the virus may be tested for free at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site at the Capital Region Education Service District 113 (ESD 113).

The testing site is open from 8 a.m. until 12 noon weekdays at ESD 113, 6005 Tyee Dr. S.W. in Tumwater.

Note: At this time, the free drive-through testing is open only to school and ESD staff and enrolled students. It is not available to family members, or the general community. The test is recommended for ages 4 and up. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you to the test.

Pre-register online
Participants are encouraged to pre-register online before arriving at the testing site. Parents/guardians who pre-register their student online will also be asked to fill out a permission slip that allows test results to be shared with their student’s school district. This form is available at ESD 113’s website and at the testing site.

OSD Office and Schools/Resources Directory is posted on staff intranet

Front of Knox 111 Administrative Office Building with tree in the foreground

Linked below you will find a viewable Google Sheet which includes both the current OSD Office Directory and the OSD Schools & Resources Directory. There are two tabs in this Google Sheet that you can toggle to/from in the bottom left-hand corner of your browser.

This document can be printed off as a single page, front/back piece.*

To print just follow these simple instructions:

  • Open the One-Page OSD Office Directory.
  • Select the print icon, or go to ‘File’ and ‘Print’.
  • This takes you to ‘Print Settings. In the top right-hand corner of the page select the pull-down menu that reads ‘Current Sheet’ and change that to ‘Workbook’.
  • Select ‘Next’ in the top right-hand corner of the page.
  • The print dialogue box will open on your computer.
  • Interested in printing on a single sheet of paper? Select ‘Two-Sided Print’ in your print settings. You will want to print with a ‘Long Edge Binding’ so that the directory prints in portrait layout.
  • Select ‘Print’.

This is a “live document,” posted on the staff intranet, that is maintained by the OSD Communications and Community Relations Department. Should there be any changes needed, please let us know at communications@osd.wednet.edu. We will get these updates/change requests made and they will be available immediately to anyone accessing this document.

We hope this is a useful tool for all employees!

*Please note that only OSD employees have the ability to access/print this document.

OSD adult meal prices change for 2021-22

The 2021-22 OSD adult meal prices have changed this year. Prices are:

  • Adult Breakfast $2.90
  • Adult Lunch $4.75
  • Milk price remains the same at $.60

As a reminder, the Olympia School District will continue to offer free meals to all children through the 2021-22 school year as part of an extension of federal program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Oly Bear preschool openings

There are still openings in the morning and afternoon Oly Bear preschool classes at Olympia High School. The morning session is from 8:45 a.m. until noon, and afternoon sessions are from 12:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.

To register, please email Preschool Director Shelly Wilson at mlwilson@osd.wednet.edu.

New version of Return to Work Safety Plan posted on website

Grouping of blue medical disposable masks

Read the latest version (Version 5.21) of the OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Work Safety Plan. The most current version of the plan is posted on both the staff Intranet and on the district website. Be sure to bookmark the link above for easy access. For those who prefer to visit the webpages where it is posted, the plan is shared in the following locations:

The latest updates to the plan include:

  • Page 1: Language added at the end of first paragraph noting the use of volunteers and outside of school activities will be limited.
  • Page 5: Update to Isolation Room location at ORLA.
  • Page 8: Update noting COVID-19 attestation is no longer a requirement. References to wellness checks/attestations have also been removed elsewhere in the document.
  • Page 11: Link added to the most current Thurston County Public Health and Social Services COVID-19 Student and Employee pathway.

Mark your calendar for all-staff Welcome Back September 1

Back to School spelled out in Scrabble tiles as part of welcome back staff message

UPDATE AUGUST 6, 2021: Due to the proliferation of the Delta variant and the accompanying rise in COVID-19 transmission rates since then, as a cautionary measure, we have decided to forego the all-staff in-person “Welcome Back” event planned at Ingersoll Stadium on September 1. Rather, district leaders are working on alternate plans of welcoming back employees to the new year, with staff reporting to their required work sites instead of a central location. This change in plans will better support smaller group gatherings and allow for easier physical distancing. More information will be coming.

The following is a copy of an email sent to all district employees on June 17 announcing a Welcome Back event on September 1, 2021:

Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 1 for an all-staff “Welcome Back” to kick off the 2021-22 school year. The morning will feature fun, food, district updates, and a guest speaker on promoting and maintaining student and staff well-being as we come out of the pandemic together.

Who: All OSD staff
What: Kick-off to the new school year
Where: Ingersoll Stadium
WhenSeptember 1; 9 a.m. – 12 noon. Lunch will be provided starting at 11 a.m., and employees may eat while visiting OSD department information booths on new and existing services for students, staff and families.

Note: OSD school buses will pick up staff at their schools or support buildings at about 8 a.m. to transport to Ingersoll Stadium. Employees who work at schools close to the stadium are welcome to walk to the event.

More information will be shared with each employee group in August. We look forward to celebrating the start of the school year with all OSD employees.

See you on September 1, and enjoy your summer break!

Last call to influence OSDEF’s strategic priorities!

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneath

The Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) is eager to receive feedback from OSD employees via a short survey that will help determine its priorities for the next three years. Take the survey, which closes Friday, May 14, here.

This particular survey is for OSD employees only. A variety of other stakeholders, including students and families, will also be consulted throughout the process.

Questions about the survey or OSDEF’s strategic planning process can be directed to OSDEF Executive Director Katy Johansson at katy@osdef.org.