REYKDAL: Long-Term Policy Changes Must Begin Now. Today is the first day of the 2021 Legislative Session. Below is Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement.
Inslee announces updated school guidance for in-person instruction
Updates for Childcare Providers
We are doing our best to keep parents up to date on different items with this unique school year. Please check your email for messages from your school(s) and teacher(s) and look at district updates online here: https://www.smore.com/dq2sb
Status of Return to Partial In-Person Learning
In light of recent announcements by neighboring districts of their potential return to partial in-person learning this fall, we have received a few inquiries with regards to plans for the Yakima School District.
As indicated in our original announcement in August, we have begun to invite a very small number of students, most negatively impacted by remote learning, to return for some in-person support.
Also as announced in August, the Yakima School District plan is to remain in remote learning through the end of the first semester. We will continue to monitor the situation and would like to offer the following information.
During remote learning, with only some staff in the buildings and additional sanitation measures, the Yakima School District has experienced a number of positive COVID-19 cases. This has required intermittent building closures as well as additional staff being quarantined. We remain concerned that increasing the number of persons on our campuses in the near future will negatively impact the health and safety of our staff, students, and community.
Note: For those tuned into athletics and activities, YSD's plan to return to partial in-person learning at the second semester supports the return of YSD athletes to the WIAA's seasons 2, 3, and 4.
Training For FamiliesWe have created some training for families to assist in supporting your students at home.
For elementary, students will utilize Google Classroom as their learning platform. For secondary (middle and high school), students will utilize Canvas.
Screencastify is another platform where you might feel you need some support.
We have created some online training for you. You can access the list of training courses here.
Meal Distribution Information
We will distribute 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches to YSD students each week beginning August 26th. This is a different program than last Spring or over the summer as it is for YSD students only rather than all community children. Please note the following:
- YSD Students have ID cards and are asked to bring them to meal pick-up
- All children age 1-18 (and enrolled special education students to age 21) are welcome to pick up meals.
- Two serving times: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (the only exceptions are Stanton Academy and Yakima Online/Open Doors who will have daytime service only).
- Go here for a list of sites.
- Menus are available online (new!)
For immediate release: August 7, 2020 (20-142)
Contact: Kristen Maki, Washington Department of Health Communications, 360-545-2944
11 cases of rare COVID-19 related condition in children in Washington state
OLYMPIA -- Today the Department of Health (DOH) announced there are now 11 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 in Washington state. MIS-C is a rare but serious condition first identified by health care providers in the United Kingdom in late April.
An MIS-C case is defined as a patient under the age of 21 with a fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation and severe illness involving more than two organs that requires hospitalization. To meet the definition, patients must have no other plausible diagnoses as well as a positive COVID-19 test or exposure to a confirmed case in the four weeks before their symptoms began.
“While MIS-C is very rare, parents should be aware it can happen and contact their health care provider if their children develop new or unusual symptoms,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health officer for DOH. “We are tracking this issue closely and continue to ask health care providers to be on the lookout and immediately report possible cases to local health.”
In Washington, six MIS-C cases are nine years old or younger, and five are 10 or older. The counties reporting MIS-C cases are:
- Franklin: 2
- King: 3
- Skagit: 1
- Snohomish: 2
- Yakima: 3
The race/ethnicity of MIS-C cases in Washington is:
- 55 percent Hispanic
- 18 percent white
- 9 percent Black
- 9 percent Asian
- 9 percent American Indian or Alaska Native
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published an analysis of MIS-C in the United States, where 40 states have reported a total of 570 cases.
Parent Survey on Remote Learning Supports
Parents, Guardians and Caregivers: The Yakima School District is conducting a short survey to gather information about how we can best prepare you for supporting your student through remote instruction.
ENGLISH survey: https://forms.gle/foZUoLoSdMUAjsZNA
En ESPAÑOL: https://forms.gle/pytZWPyQtWTfobUi9
YSD School Board Approves Reopening Plan
The Yakima School Board approved YSD's proposed Reopening Plan for OSPI. This is NOT an alert of how school will start in the fall (i.e. distance learning) but we expect that info from the health dept in 1-2 days. To review our plan, go online to www.YSD7.org/reopeningplan
YSD's plan for in-person learning is dependent on the health status of our area and will provide families with options. We all hope to get to in-person learning as soon as possible but we will do so only when it is safe for our staff, students, and community.In all of these options, student work will be graded and attendance will be taken. Students will be required to meet all of the state's learning standards/requirements for in-person learning regardless of their environment. All in-person learning will be socially distanced and students (and staff) will be required to wear face coverings.100% Online Option: K-12 students will engage in semester-long courses in a 100% online environment. Students will have an online teacher to provide instruction and support. This is an option for families not wanting to return their students to in-person environments regardless of the county reopening phase. Families will be required to enroll for the 100% online option for their student and the student will remain in the 100% online environment for the entire semester.1. Virtual Learning: should our area's health status mean no in-person learning (temporarily), students will learn from home virtually every day until partial in-person learning can resume.2. Partial In-Person Learning: students will attend school in-person for part of the week, and online for part of the week.3. Full in-school learning: for certain grade-levels and student populations (yet to be determined), students will attend school in-person.(updated 7/14/20)
School and school activities will look different for a while to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and families.
- Activities requiring lots of contacts, such as athletics, band, and choir will be offered in a different way or possibly not at all.
- The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has modified its sports schedule to delay certain, more high-risk sports to the spring.
- Some low-risk sports such as cross country, tennis and golf will tentatively take place as scheduled in the fall.
- Football and other higher-risk sports will occur later in a new four-season calendar.
- Sports seasons under the new WIAA calendar are as follows:
Season 1: Competition: Sept. 14-Nov. 7
Cross country, slow-pitch softball, girls swimming and diving (upon approved of state department of health), boys golf (fall season), boys tennis (fall season)
Season 2: Competition: Jan. 4-March 6
Basketball, wrestling, bowling, boys swimming/diving, gymnastics
Season 3: Competition: March 8-May 1
Football, volleyball, girls soccer
Season 4: Competition: May 3-June 26
Baseball, softball, boys soccer, track and field, golf, tennis
Students - pick up your laptop
Yakima School District is excited to announce the beginning of our district-wide One to One Laptop Initiative (1:1). YSD students will be able to pick up assigned 1:1 laptops over the summer break. Please visit the following link for checkout details: YSD 1:1 Laptop Initiative.
Yakima School District students who have graduated or do not plan to return, if you have checked out a district laptop, it must be returned along with the power cord to the following locations and per the listed schedules, by July 17th.
Reminders about how to prevent colds, influenza, COVID-19 and other illness at school
According to the Department of Health, schools do not need to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses in schools. The entire community can reduce the risk of getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, through these simple steps, which will also prevent COVID-19.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Wear a face covering; Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
- Get a flu shot during the flu season.
Department of Health Updates
DOH COVID-19 BULLETIN
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Contact: Public Information Desk
Recap of Recent COVID-19 News and Updates
Statewide Response Updates
Newest numbers. The Department of Health reported a total of 271,643 confirmed cases as of 11:59 pm on January 13. There have been 3,876 COVID-19 deaths in Washington.
January 14, 2021 data note: Total case counts may include up to 660 duplicates and negative test results data are incomplete from November 21-30, 2020 and December 30 through today. Thus, percent positivity (Testing tab) and case counts should be interpreted with caution. The Epidemiologic Curves tab is the most accurate representation of COVID activity and is updated daily as new cases are identified and duplicates are resolved.
Today’s data on hospitalizations is incomplete due to an interruption in the data reporting processes. We expect to be able to make a full update tomorrow (January 15, 2021).
COVID-19 vaccine distribution update from the Washington State Department of Health. We are eager to pick up the pace to get vaccines to people who need them and expect to move into Phase 1B in a matter of days. We are asking health care workers in Phase 1A who haven’t gotten their vaccine to make an appointment now.
As of January 11, providers in Washington have given 201,660 total doses of vaccine since Phase 1A began. This includes both first and second doses.
As of January 12, Washington state has received 624,975 doses of vaccine, which includes allocations from both Moderna and Pfizer. This week we will receive 123,275 doses. This supply will go to 142 county sites and 11 tribal or Urban Indian Health Program sites.
As of January 12, 2021, there are 627 facilities fully enrolled as COVID-19 vaccine providers.
Read the full news release here.
COVID-19 data shows high activity and signs of a recent uptick. Wednesday the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19.
Report findings include:
- Case counts rebounded after Christmas and appear to be increasing steeply in the most recent data, which is still incomplete.
- COVID-19 transmission continues to plateau at a level above 1.0, meaning the number of people becoming infected is increasing.
- Case rates remain high, with 31 of 39 counties at rates above 200 new cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks.
- Many counties experienced declining case counts through late December with post-Christmas rebounds.
- Hospital admissions and bed occupancy have remained high in late December and early January, with relatively flat trends.
- The estimated overall percentage of Washington state residents with active COVID-19 infection remains close to peak estimates for late March 2020.
Read the full news release here.
- Department of Health (DOH) Updates
- Handwashing video for elementary students (English)
- Handwashing video for elementary students (Spanish)
- Handwashing video for secondary students (English)
- Handwashing video for secondary students (Spanish)
- Health tips (PDF)
- How Can I Be Prepared For a COVID-19 Outbreak? (PDF in English and Spanish)
- How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus COVID-19 (English and Spanish)
- Seattle Times - Should kids wear face masks?
- Tips to beat the stress of staying home (English PDF)
- Tips to beat the stress of staying home (Spanish PDF)
- Yakima Area Community Resources (English)
- Yakima Area Community Resources (Spanish)
- Yakima County Food Bank List
- Yakima Health District Stay at Home Order - 3/22/20 (English)
- Yakima Health District Stay at Home Order - 3/22/20 (Spanish)