ADVOCACY UPDATE

submitted by: Jenn Snyder, Advocacy Chair on May 28, 2021

Advocacy! Getting our voices heard in helping our children reach their fullest potential.

 

Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - Election Day, Primary
    • if you are not registered to vote, find out how at bottom of this page!
  • Saturday, October 23 & 24, 2021 - WSPTA Legislative Assembly
  • Monday, January 17, 2022 - Focus Day

 

Take Action - What YOU Can Do Today!

 

Northshore School District Information

School Board Meetings

All residents are welcome to attend regular board meetings. The board provides a public comment period at the beginning of each meeting. During public comments, individuals may address the school board. Those interested in speaking should sign up prior to the meeting on a sheet available at the back of the board room. Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month at 4pm and the fourth Monday at 7pm.

Until further notice, meetings will be held in person with COVID-19 safety protocols in place in accordance with Governor Inslee’s Phase 3 guidelines. Seating will be limited and community members must register ahead of time. To learn about attending a meeting and providing public comments in person or virtually, visit NSD's Attend a School Board Meeting page. (update: 5/28/2021) 

 

2017 – 2022 Northshore School District Strategic Plan

Several hundred stakeholders participated in the development of this community-wide strategic plan, including students, parents, and caregivers, educators, community members, members of the Board of Education, and leaders from local government, business, higher education and community-based organizations. Therefore, everyone has a stake in its promise and a role in its successful implementation. The plan consists of three key components: NSD’s Goals and Measures for learning, growth, and excellence for every student; The Four Building Blocks & Professional Practices that anchor effective instruction in every school and every classroom, every day; The Educational Strategies that will sustain an equitable, hightrust, responsive, and continuous learning culture, thereby ensuring that each student meets or exceeds high standards of academic and social-emotional success.
Review the Strategic Plan here.

 

Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Advocacy


WSPTA Advocacy Updates

Visit WSPTA’s Blog which is updated frequently during the legislative session.

 

WSPTA Legislative Platform

Top Five Legislative Priorities

  1. Increase Access to Nursing, Mental Health, and Social Emotional Learning Staff
  2. Support Students and Preserve Education Funding
  3. Increasing Educations Equity by Closing the Digital Divide
  4. Supports and Funding for Students with Disabilities and Their Families
  5. Prevent and Reduce Gun Violence and Suicide 

Also Supported (listed alphabetically)

  • Equitable Identification and Services for Highly Capable Students
  • Mitigating the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change
  • Safe School Plans and Emergency Preparedness

(More details on each of the Top Five Legislative Priorities and Supported Issues above.)

 

COVID-19 Information for Schools 

Northshore School District COVID-19 Resources
https://www.nsd.org/covid19

OSPI Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance & Resources for families:
https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/press-releases/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-resources

 

Local Advocacy Representatives

Skyview Middle School: * OPEN *

Northshore Council: Jennifer Drury & Diana Christiansen

Region 6: Heidi Bennett

Washington State PTA Legislative Director: Lizzy Sebring

Let your state legislators know how important funding our children’s education is to you via emails and/or phone calls!  Click HERE to go to the Washington State Legislative page for contacts.

Helpful Links

Please see the following helpful advocacy links to read legislative news and keep up on WSPTA’s advocacy through their Grassroots Connection blog.

Northshore School District: School Board Contacts
https://www.nsd.org/our-district/leadership/school-board

Washington State PTA Region 6
https://www.wastatepta.org/pta-leaders/pta-regions/region-6/

Northshore Council PTSA 6.10
http://www.northshorecouncilptsa.org/

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Chris Reykdal, Superintendent (elected position)
https://www.k12.wa.us/

Ask OSPI a question:
https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/contact-us/online-forms/ask-ospi

Washington State PTA Advocacy Site
http://www.wastatepta.org/advocacy

National PTA Advocacy Site
https://www.pta.org/home/advocacy

National PTA Advocacy Toolkit
http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=1927&navItemNumber=558

 

Voter Registration

Are you registered for the next election? Register to vote (or update your voter registration) with the Washington Secretary of State - https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx

Online and mail registrations must be received 8 days before Election Day. Register to vote in person during business hours and any time before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.