District to provide school supplies
This fall Walla Walla Public Schools will provide all elementary and middle school students fall start-up school supplies in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and fallout from the economic downturn which continues to impact district families. Historical classroom supplies such as crayons, Kleenex, glue sticks and other traditional materials will no longer be required from parents.
“We want to do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19 by supporting stay-at-home practices as we strive to resume in-person instruction during this unprecedented pandemic,” said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “We don’t want our families, many of whom have lost jobs and are struggling financially, to feel the additional pressure of going to crowded stores to purchase necessary school supplies.”
The district will also provide school supplies’ containers for each preschool and elementary student to keep them from sharing items from student-to-student, in addition to hand sanitizer and other materials to support classroom safety. Students/families will still need to provide their own backpacks.