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Weather delay-Wednesday, Feb. 21

Longview School District plans to delay the school start two hours Wednesday, Feb. 21  due to snow and freezing temperatures.

Buses will follow snow/lowland routes. Families should use their discretion about the safety of getting their child from home to the bus pick-up or school. Please use caution and share safe walking tips with your children.

Schools will convene two hours later than their regular start times. No breakfast service will be provided. The Wednesday early release is cancelled. Please continue to monitor FlashAlert for any updates that might be made.

If you haven’t done so already,  consider subscribing to FlashAlert notifications and download the FlashAlert Messenger app to your phone easy access to up-to-date information. Information will be also posted on  (families-school delays and cancellations),  on Facebook, and on local media.

2018-02-20T17:52:42+00:00 February 20th, 2018|

Working to keep students safe

The safety and well-being of our youngsters is more important than anything. Schools throughout Longview focus on safety every single day in a variety of ways.

  • Relationships between students and trusted adults is the foundation. In the recent incident at R. A. Long, a student had a concern that he shared, and it was acted on immediately. Adults will continue to be available and responsive to our students. Schools remind students: “see something, say something!”
  • Emergency response drills are conducted so that, if ever necessary, students and staff members will be prepared.  Responses fall into four general categories–shelter in place (for example–wind or hazardous materials), evacuate (for example–fire or threat inside the building), lockout (for example–a police activity near the school, and lockdown (for example–active threat in the building).
  • Collaboration with  community police and firefighters in safety planning and in response to incidents in and near our schools.
  • Best-practice response–In the event of an active threat where a person’s actions are causing or meant to cause harm to others, schools will use an A-L-I-C-E response. Taken in any order, A-L-I-C-E stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. Those actions can be taken in any order. Students have been instructed on ALICE protocols.
  • Security–schools restrict entrance points to schools as much as is practical, and at elementary schools only the front entrance–which has surveillance cameras–is unlocked.
  • Reunification–if a situation requires students to be reunited with their families, parents will be asked to present photo ID before their child is released.
  • Communication regarding an incident at their child’s school will be provided to families as quickly as possible. Communications will be primarily via Skyward email. It is critical that parent’s contact information is up-to-date so that information can be delivered. If there is an incident district-wide (such as weather or natural disaster) the district will communicate primarily via FlashAlert. It is important that the FlashAlert subscription (which is free) is updated each year by individual users.
2018-02-18T10:35:38+00:00 February 16th, 2018|

Thank You, Longview for levy support!

“This community’s unfailing support helps provide our students the opportunities they need to gain the knowledge and life skills to succeed. This includes our efforts in the classroom, in clubs and athletics” –Superintendent Dan Zorn

Longview School District voters approved two replacement levies that were proposed Feb. 13.

The two-year Replacement Operations and Educational Programs Levy will help the district maintain essential student programs and services beyond what is funded by the state as “basic education.” Initial elections results show a 59.3% approval.

It includes funds to pay for staff members above those supported by the state including teachers, paraprofessionals, counselor, custodians and coaches; for materials and supplies, staff training and all extra curricular activities including athletics.

The four-year Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy will provide additional money for maintenance and improvement of district buildings, facilities and fields. It will also eliminate the need to use $500,000 out of the general fund for this purpose. In addition, a portion of the levy will enable the district to keep its teaching and learning technology up-to-date. Initial elections results show a 59.1% approval.

These taxes, which replace the ones expiring at the end of this school year, address needs that exceed state funding.

“We are so grateful that Longview voters have said ‘yes’ to local tax support for our schools. This will allow us to continue our focus on student learning and improving achievement,” said Dan Zorn, superintendent.


2018-02-14T12:42:22+00:00 February 14th, 2018|

Students experience history, arts through special program

Fifth and eighth eighth graders and selected high school students were honored and enriched to be part of the Jan. 25 presentation of “The Children of Willesden Lane” at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The story of teen piano prodigy Lisa Jura who escaped Nazi-occupied Austria in the late 1930s on the Kindertransport to England is told by Lisa’s daughter, Mona Golabek. Through narration, music, and images, Mona captivated the students with her presentation. Our students were excellent audience members and posed engaging questions at the end of the program.

The event was part of the community-wide read of the book of the same name by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. Students participated in the read thanks to the generous book donation by the Longview (noon) Rotary Club. Student tickets for the performances were courtesy of the Theatre Guild. The district is grateful to the Columbia Theatre and all community partners who helped make this special event possible for our students.

2018-01-25T15:04:49+00:00 January 25th, 2018|

One-Stop Levy Information Source

Did you know that one out of every five adults who help students throughout Longview Public Schools is supported by a locally-approved levy?Feb 13 levies

For a wealth of information about the February 13 levy requests, please visit the information hub on the district’s website.

The two levies are explained, frequently asked questions are answered, and a PowerPoint presentation is available, among other things.

Or you can go directly to information about the Replacement Operations and Educational Programs Levy, or to information about the Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy.

In-person voter registration is taken at the Cowlitz County Elections Office through Feb. 5.  Ballots must be returned to election drop boxes or postmarked Feb. 13.

As always, if more information is needed, please reach out to by email or by phone at (360) 575-7016.

2018-01-19T14:15:19+00:00 January 17th, 2018|

Bond approval shy of 60 percent requirement

Longview Public Schools wishes to thank all Longview voters who participated in the democratic process Nov. 7! As of Nov. 8, a total of 9,483 votes were counted with 57.71 percent voting for the issue and 42.29 percent voting against. While the request to replace aging buildings did not collect a 60 percent supermajority, we are gratified by the participation and support expressed. The district put forward its proposal after two years of research, community input and financial analysis. Moving forward, the district plans to solicit community feedback in the coming weeks. For background information please click here.

2017-11-09T09:44:31+00:00 November 9th, 2017|

Air quality information tracked: update Sept. 8

Longview Public Schools officials will continue monitoring information regarding local air quality being affected by wildfires in the region.

District administrators rely on Air Quality Index (AQI) information provided through the Washington Department of Ecology.  Throughout the school day on Tuesday Sept. 5, the air quality index remained at the low end of the “moderate” scale.  At this condition rating, schools were advised to monitor students with asthma, respiratory infection, lung or heart disease and provide modifications and rest to normal recess, PE, and athletic activities. Depending on their student conditions, some schools chose to keep their students inside.

As the air quality rating changed to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” in the late-afternoon on Sept. 5, outdoor athletic practices and events were cancelled. This category recommends that students with asthma, respiratory infection, long or heart disease stay indoors and other children should limit activities to light exertion.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 6, the smoke and fine air particle levels increased and outdoor recesses were cancelled. By one measure, the Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) level reached the “unsafe” category. Outdoor sporting events were cancelled and practices were scheduled for indoors.

As of Thursday, Sept. 7,  fine air particle levels decreased from the previous day, and both the WAQA and AQI levels remained a low- to mid-range in the “moderate” category. At that level, no changes to outdoor recesses or athletic events were recommended–except for special populations.

As of Friday, Sept. 8, air quality levels measured by WAQA and AQI returned to the “good” category. No recommendations are in effect for that category.

The district will continue to follow AQI and WAQA information and respond to recommendations for  levels of air pollution.

Although the district is planning to maintain regular school schedules, parents are encouraged to take this opportunity to sign up or ensure their current information is on file with the district’s emergency notification system, FlashAlert.

2017-09-08T08:40:13+00:00 September 5th, 2017|

Longview Schools are first to win bronze medals

Five Longview School District schools are the first middle- and elementary schools in Washington state to receive awards for making changes that promote healthier eating and physical activity for students and staff.

Columbia Heights Elementary, CVG Elementary, Mt. Solo Middle School, Robert Gray Elementary and St. Helens Elementary earned Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s 2017 National Healthy Schools Bronze Awards.

The award demonstrates the schools commitment to preventing childhood obesity and to fostering the health of students and staff. Specifically, schools have provided healthier food selections in vending machines and the student store (where present); provided opportunities for students to be physically active before, during, and after school; promoted health and wellness to staff through physical activity events and healthy potlucks; as well as installing water bottle filling stations to increase access to drinking water.

This award was granted by the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, an evidence-based national initiative to combat childhood obesity through the implementation of healthy changes within the school environment. The Alliance recognizes schools that succeed in meeting a set of evidence-based standards that address these areas at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold level.

Studies show that healthy students perform better on tests, get better grades, attend school more often and behave better in class. With this in mind, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation launched its Healthy Schools Program in 2006 with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program promotes a comprehensive approach by helping schools improve access to healthier foods; increase physical activity opportunities before, during and after the school day; enhance nutrition education; and establish staff wellness programs to build a healthier school environment.

2017-09-05T16:45:47+00:00 September 5th, 2017|

Share your thoughts on the building plan

Here’s another chance to share your thoughts about your school district!Join the conversation

Through Tuesday, June 6, community members are being asked to provide comments on the district’s plan to replace three elementary schools, provide safety improvements in the district and determine plans for housing the special education preschool currently at Broadway with HeadStart classes.

It’s easy to participate in the process–called “Thoughtexchange: Join the conversation.” Just sign up to receive a personal invitation to share your thoughts on the building plan and to ask any questions. Participation can be day or night–whatever is convenient for people’s busy schedules.

Following the comment period, everyone has a chance to see comments and prioritize those that are most meaningful. At the end of June, the community will be able to discover the predominate thoughts obtained in the process.

This is the second community engagement process this school year. To discover what priorities rose to the top this winter, click here.

2017-06-02T12:35:41+00:00 May 26th, 2017|

Points of Pride section added to district’s website

Longview has a lot of reasons to be proud of its staff and students!

We have award winning scholars, athletes, musicians, thespians, and student leaders. Our staff members are recognized by their peers and others for outstanding professionalism. To showcase these accomplishments, the district has established a section on its website to highlight these points of pride! Take a look!

2017-03-23T11:34:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|