Welcome to the Yakima School District's Reopening website. Here you will find up-to-date information and decisions as they are made in the Yakima School District.
We are proud to have moved up the timeline for providing free learning devices to every YSD student. We are now what is called a "1-to-1" district meaning every student will receive a free learning device for use at home and at school. Please see the information about our 1-to-1 initiative here.
We are collaborating with organizations such as the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Governor Inslee's office, The Center for Disease Control, and the Yakima County and Washington State Health Authorities. In addition, we have worked with over 200 members of our staff, community, and families to discuss local challenges and preferences.
You are encouraged to follow along as decisions are made by checking this website frequently and/or registering for email or text notifications of updates.
At the Yakima School District, we are striving to deliver excellent customer service and communication. We want to be available to answer any of your questions about reopening or anything with our schools or district. Please go to our online "Let's Talk" platform to submit any questions you may have. We will make sure they are routed to the correct person and that your questions get answered promptly.
Kirsten Fitterer, Chief Communications Officer
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 (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)