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First Day of School - Wednesday, September 9

kindergartener with family on first day of school

The first day of school for students during the 2020-21 school year is Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Kindergarten and Preschool begins on Monday, September 14, 2020.*

The first day of school can be both exciting and stressful.  We have put together a few resources that will make it easier for our students and parents to get the school year off to a great start!  

Below you will find links to resources like school supplies, bus routes, new student registration and more.

New Student Registration

Registration assistance will be available at school offices after they re-open following summer break. For more information about student registration before schools open, contact the district office at (360) 596-6100. For more information about registering, please visit our Student Registration page.

Summer Office Hours 

Staff at the Knox Administrative building observe summer hours Monday, June 24 through Friday, August 23, 2019. Administrative offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during this time. Front doors will be locked for the day at 3 p.m. on the days the administrative office will be open. If you wish to enter the building after 3 p.m., please call (360) 596-6100.

Middle and high schools will re-open on August 12, and elementary schools will re-open on August 19. Please check individual school websites for their operating hours and additional information.


School Hours

View the school hours page for special programs and regular operation hours.  The Olympia School District offers full-day kindergarten. All kindergarten classes follow the same schedule as their respective schools.
Kindergarten teacher and student


School Supply Lists

The 2020-21 elementary and middle school supply lists can be found here. If your school link is not included here, please check your school webpage for updates.

The Little Red Schoolhouse Project provides school supplies and clothing items for families in need within Thurston County.  Donations are being accepted between August 1-9 at Heritage Bank or O'Bee Credit Union. Items can also be dropped off on August 9 "Radio Day" from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. at KXXO Mixx 96.1, 119 Washington St NE, Olympia. FREE distribution of supplies and clothing will take place on Thursday, August 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Komachin Middle School, 3650 College St. SE, Lacey, WA 98503.


The Olympia School District Education Foundation makes possible the "Principal's Emergency Checkbook Fund" at each of our schools. Please contact the school directly if you need assistance accessing school supplies for your child.



Washington State Immunization Law requires all students attending public schools, preschool - 12th grade, to provide proof of immunization, a medical exemption signed by a physician, or an exemption signed by a parent or legal guardian before entering school. For more information about required immunizations please visit the Department of Health website. 

Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps will host several back-to-school immunization clinics in August and September. More information about the clinics can be found in these fliers:   


As of July 28, 2019, a new state law removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine required for school and child care attendance. Medical and religious exemptions are not affected by this new law. Read more about this new law. 

Child Nutrition Services

The Olympia School District Child Nutrition Breakfast and Lunch programs have received a lot of high marks for its use of fresh fruits and vegetables and organic food offerings. Breakfast is available at selected schools and all district students may purchase a variety of hot lunch selections or fresh fruit and vegetables. Free and reduced-price meals are provided for eligible students.

Please visit our Child Nutrition Services page for menus, payment information, nutritional guidance and more.


The Olympia School District Transportation Webpage can be used to look up bus stop and route information, find emergency schedule information, and other information related to transportation.


Every year, more than 4,800 people choose to volunteer in Olympia Schools. Each year volunteers must complete an ONLINE Volunteer Application or a Paper Volunteer Application.  In addition to the application itself, two additional forms require signature and submission; the "Confidentiality Statement for Volunteers" and the "Code of Conduct for Volunteers." Once your paperwork has been received and a background check is completed, you will be contacted.

For more information about volunteering at the Olympia School District visit our Volunteer Page.