August 5, 2020
Dear Yakima School District Families,
The Yakima School District will be in Stage A of our reopening plan for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year. Stage A is fully remote/distance learning.
Many people have been working diligently to prepare for the 2020-21 school year. Yakima School District (YSD) teams have prepared several options based on the priorities that we received staff, families, community organizations, and in accordance with the guidance that we received from the Yakima County Health Department plus the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). You can view all of these options/models in our reopening plan at www.YSD7.org/reopeningplan.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, our August 26 “return to learning” will be quite different, just like most things these days. Although currently on a positive trend, the health status of our area is not near a status that supports in-person learning. The health and safety of our students and staff remain our top priorities; however, we are just as committed to providing a quality education. With safety, security, and learning in mind, I am sharing an update on our plans to deliver learning this fall.
The school year will begin on August 26, 2020, with students engaging in STAGE A of YSD’s reopening plan. This is an upgraded fully-remote/distance learning model that is greatly enhanced from the approach that we used in the spring of 2020 when we closed urgently. We are scheduled to remain in STAGE A for one school semester or 18 weeks. We will continuously re-evaluate with the hope that we can move to some in-person learning sooner. Note that the “Stages” in YSD’s reopening plan are not the same as the “Phases” in the Governor’s reopening plan.
Distance Learning: Teachers will work with their classes and students virtually. Your student is already enrolled in this model. In this model, when the health department says we can return to in-person learning, we will move to the appropriate stage of our reopening plan as quickly as possible. This will likely not happen before January.
100% Online School: Another option for your student is a fully online school where the pace of work is up to the student, with guidance from a teacher. When YSD is approved to return to in-person learning, these students will remain 100% online. 6-12 graders can transfer to this school, called Yakima Online. Their classwork will be done at their pace through an online product called Edgenuity with support from a YSD teacher. Kindergarteners through 5th graders can also participate in 100% online school and use the Edgenuity product but they will remain enrolled at their boundary elementary school. Preschoolers will have a special online platform and their own learning devices for remote learning as well. The minimum commitment to 100% online schools is one semester (18 weeks). If you would like for your student to learn via the 100% online school, please go to www.YSD7.org/reopen for more details.
As conditions with the virus progress, we will continue to keep you informed of any changes to the learning and teaching process. Thank you for your patience and unity as we move forward in this unprecedented time together.
Over the next few weeks, please look for information from your child’s school regarding learning schedules, meal distribution, laptop checkout, Internet access, and more
Information is continuously being updated to our Reopening Information website at www.YSD7.org/reopen
Trevor Greene, Superintendent
Yakima School District
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