Because COVID-19 closed our schools, your children are eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.
P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for some of the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries. Because all YSD students receive free breakfast and lunch, all YSD students are eligible regardless of income. If you do not already receive benefits, you will need to apply on or after June 30. If you receive food assistance benefits already, the money will appear on your EBT on June 30.
Update 7/6/20: We have been in contact with OSPI last week and they said that DSHS had the incorrect student list for Yakima School District which is why they turned down some parents; they are updating with the correct list which will show any student enrolled in Yakima School District that was grade K-12 in the school year 2019-2020 as eligible for PEBT.
If you were denied, go to WashingtonConnections.org and apply again and see if their list has been updated. You can inform them Yakima is a CEP district.
Yakima Valley Middle Schools Virtual Art Exhibit 2020!
Posted by Michelle Fortier on 6/3/2020
YSD Middle School 21st Annual Art Exhibit has gone VIRTUAL this year!
Online viewing of the show available now (link below)
Participating middle schools include: Wilson, Washington, Franklin, Discovery Lab, Lewis & Clark and Union Gap.
About the exhibit: Yakima Middle School Art Teachers collaborate throughout the year to host our spring show. While the schools are now closed due to COVID-19, we don't want our students to miss this special opportunity to showcase their talents! The exhibit originated at Washington Middle School in 1999 thanks to its founding director/teacher Leslie Pease. Our devoted team of art educators strive to enhance every student's creative potential and provide equal opportunity for each child. In celebration of our youth and vibrant community of artists, we thank you for your continued support of Yakima Schools and the Arts!
Wilson MS administrators are surprised with a staff appreciation parade.
Posted by Ernesto Araiza on 5/18/2020
Wilson administrators were surprised by staff this morning with an appreciation parade to celebrate School Administrator Week. Staff shared their love with their cars decorated with signs and threw candy as they paraded through the schools' bus loop, honking wildly. The administrators were thankful and genuinely surprised. Click on link to watch video