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  • The Grant County Health District is investigating pertussis cases in Moses Lake and Grand Coulee.

    Should your student develop cough or other symptoms of pertussis, please keep him or her at home and seek your physician’s opinion.

    Symptoms of pertussis usually develop within 5 to 10 days; but can present up to 3 weeks after an exposure.

    Early symptoms can last for 1 to 2 weeks and usually include:

    Symptoms of pertussis usually develop within 5 to 10 days; but can present up to 3 weeks after an exposure.

    Early symptoms can last for 1 to 2 weeks and usually include:

    • Runny nose
    • Low-grade fever (generally minimal throughout the course of the disease)
    • Mild, occasional cough
    • Apnea – a pause in breathing (in babies)

    Because pertussis in its early stages appears to be nothing more than the common cold, it is often not suspected or diagnosed until the more severe symptoms appear.

    Late symptoms- After 1 to 2 weeks and as the disease progresses, the traditional symptoms of pertussis may appear and include:

    • Long series of coughs (“coughing fits”),
    • Rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched "whoop"
    • Vomiting during or after coughing fits
    • Turning blue or difficulty catching breath during or after coughing fits
    • Exhaustion after coughing fits

    Please consider the following Washington State Department of Health recommendations:

    • Infants under one year, and particularly under six months, are most likely to experience severe illness if they develop pertussis.  When possible, young infants should be kept away from people with a cough.  Infants with any coughing illness should be promptly evaluated by their doctor.


    • Please make sure that your student is properly vaccinated with pertussis vaccines. DTaP pertussis vaccine is only given to children under age 7 years; Tdap vaccine can be given at or after 7 years of age if your child is not properly vaccinated. Tdap is also given to all children around 11-12 years of age per routine vaccination schedule. If you have children less than 7 years of age who have not been completely immunized against pertussis (particularly infants under one year) we recommend you talk to your student’s doctor about the benefits of vaccination. Talk to your doctor if your student is older than 11 and have not yet received their routine Tdap.


    •  It is important to watch your student for symptoms of whooping cough. Talk to your doctor without delay if any of your family members develop symptoms of whooping cough.  Tell him/her that there has been pertussis identified in your child’s school.
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  • Grand Coulee Dam School District

    Annual Notification WAC 392-170-042

    Public Nomination for the 2018-2019 Highly Capable Program

    Referrals for consideration of participation in Grand Coulee Dam School District’s Highly Capable Program for the 2018-19 school year are currently being accepted. Anyone may refer a student including parents, teachers, other students and members of the community.

    Highly Capable Services are designed to address the unique needs of highly capable students in grades K-12. Students identified as highly capable of high academic and intellectual ability will have an opportunity to explore concepts in greater depth and further develop their thinking and creativity. There will be a continuum of service options for students depending on their grade level.                                                                                   

    Nominations will be accepted for currently enrolled students in grades K-12 from September 10- October 26, 2018. Nominations will be accepted from parents, teachers and community members for initial screening for participation in the Highly Capable Program. 

    To participate in the program, students must meet very rigorous criteria and be selected by their school’s multidisciplinary team which includes an administrator, teachers, and the School Psychologist.

    GCDSD Highly Capable Identification Process:

    • Public nominations accepted: September 10-October 26, 2018. Anyone interested in nominating a child to be assessed for program eligibility can download district nomination forms from   Forms will also be available at the Lake Roosevelt Elementary School office or Lake Roosevelt Jr/Sr. High School office.
    • Please return completed nomination forms to Lake Roosevelt Elementary or Jr/Sr. High School in person, fax to 509-633-2530, or email to
    • Nominations will be screened by each school’s HCP selection committee composed of teachers, counselors/psychologists, and administrators using multiple objective criteria in accordance to WAC 392-170-045 .
    • Cognitive Testing: The HCP building selection committee will identify students for additional cognitive testing who demonstrate evidence supporting highly qualified characteristics.
    • HCP school selection committee(s) will analyze achievement and cognitive student data to determine placement.
    • Letters will be mailed to parents announcing the committee’s decision for eligibility.

    If you have questions, please contact the Highly Capable Program Coordinator, Cathy Huston, 509-633-1442 ext: 315 or email at:

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  • 2018-2019 School Supply Lists*

    2018-19 Elementary School Supply List

    2018-19 Jr./Sr. High Supply List

    *If you have difficulties with the lists opening try a different browser or if on mobile try turning your phone horizontal, this usually fixes the problem.

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  • Lake Roosevelt Jr./Sr. High is proud to be a CEE 2017 School of Distinction

    Now in its 11th year, CEE's School of Distinction (SOD) award honors the highest improving Washington State schools, staff, and their leaders for improved performance for all students.Specifically, sustained performance over five years in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics at the Elementary and Middle School levels and 4-year and 5-year adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates at the High School Level.

    Led by CEE and in collaboration with five partners, this award is an annual highlight of the work we do together.

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  • We are proud to offer the parents or guardians of our students free access* to ParentU!

    Grand Coulee Dam School District is offering free access* to the ParentU website provided by the North Central ESD. ParentU offers parents free 15-20 minute lessons regarding the most popular devices, websites, and apps used by today's students. Lessons explain the various devices and apps, the risks of using mobile devices, students' digital foot prints and the risk of sharing too much personal information; as well as covering cyberbullying and sexting. Each lesson has ample examples of the mobile apps and computer screenshots of the websites discussed.

    *Please contact your student's teacher to receive the free password to access the lessons through GCDSD's license.

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An Important Message from the Superintendent Regarding Attendance

  • Dear Parent/Guardian:

    This year, Grand Coulee Dam School District is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school. Consistent attendance will help children do well in elementary, high school, college, and at work. WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU If your student is going to be absent, please contact Shelly Black at 631-3184 or 633-1442 (extension 302) for grades 7-12 or Marci Doughty at 631-3183 for grades k-6. Please note that the state of Washington has defined by law which types of absences can be excused by a school. Per WAC 392-400-325 and Grand Coulee Dam School District board policy 3122 only the following activities may be excused*:

    · Participating in school or community events;

    · Illness, health condition or medical appointment;

    · Family emergency (death/funeral/illness);

    · Court or judicial proceeding;

    · Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;

    · Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview;

    · State recognized search and rescue operations;

    · Absence directly related to student’s homeless status

    · Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action

    · Principal or designee and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon activity.

    *The above definition of an excusable absence is a change from recent past practice in our district.

    »SCHOOL POLICIES AND STATE LAWS It is important that you understand our school policies and procedures, as well as Washington State Law, to ensure your child is successful in school. State law for mandatory attendance, called the Becca Bill, requires children from age 8 to 17 to attend a public school, private school, or a district-approved home school program. Children that are 6- or 7-years-old are not required to be enrolled in school. However, if parents enroll their 6- or 7-year-old, the student must attend full-time. The school is required by law to take daily attendance and notify you when your student has an unexcused absence.

    If your student has two unexcused absences in one month, state law (RCW 28A.225.020) requires we schedule a conference with you and your student to identify the barriers and supports available to ensure regular attendance. The district is obligated to develop a plan that may require an assessment to determine how to best meet the needs of your student and reduce absenteeism.

    In elementary school after five excused absences in any month, or ten or more excused absences in the school year, the school district is required to contact you to schedule a conference at a mutually agreeable, reasonable time with at least one district employee, to identify the barriers and supports available to you and your student. A conference is not required if your student has provided a doctor’s note, or pre-arranged the absence in writing, and the parent, student and school have made plan so your student does not fall behind academically. If your student has an Individualized Education Plan or a 504 Plan the team that created the plan needs to reconvene.

    If your student has five unexcused absences in any month or ten unexcused absences within the school year, we are required to file a petition with the Juvenile court, alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010, the mandatory attendance laws. The petition may be automatically stayed and your student and family may be referred to a Community Truancy Board, or you and your student may need to appear in Juvenile Court. If your student continues to have unexcused absences or tardies, you may need to go to court.


    B. Paul Turner, Superintendent Grand Coulee Dam School District