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Students in group counseling session

In 2018, more than a third of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students surveyed indicated that they’d felt sad or hopeless for at least two weeks during the last year. Nearly 1 in 10 indicated that they had attempted suicide in the past year, according to Healthy Youth Survey data.

To combat these trends, school staff and community-based mental health providers in three districts will team up to identify needs, deliver mental health supports, and monitor student progress.

The project, funded by a $9 million, five-year grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) kicks off October 1, 2020, and is focused on building collaborative partnerships between state, regional, and local systems to promote the healthy development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence through an integrated system of supports. …

Today, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction posted statewide data with public K–12 enrollment in September.

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September 2020 Enrollment Data Released

OLYMPIA — October 7, 2020 — Each month during the school year, Washington’s public K–12 school districts count how many students are enrolled in classes. These data tell us which communities are growing, how many students are taking advantage of alternative learning and dual credit opportunities, which areas should be thinking about building new or expanding current school buildings, and more.

The data are also used to determine the amount of state funding districts will receive to pay for the staffing, materials, technology, and other supports that help our students succeed.

Compared to September 2019, September 2020 data shows a 2.82% decrease in enrollment (or nearly 31,000 students out of nearly 1.1 …

While all students may be provided free meals through the end of December, it is still critical that eligible families complete the application this fall.

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A student holds a lunch with a sandwich, apple, and milk

OLYMPIA — October 6, 2020 — Many students across Washington state rely on school meals to meet their nutritional needs. As the economic impacts of COVID-19 continue, more families are taking advantage of free meals provided by school districts.

School districts across the state are able to provide free meals to all children aged 0–18, or older if enrolled in the K-12 school system, through the end of December 2020, thanks to waivers granted by the U.S. …


The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Led by Supt. Chris Reykdal, OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state.

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