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
COVID-19 activity intensifying across Washington state
OLYMPIA 10-28-20 – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission, which shows a general rise in the intensity of the epidemic in both western and eastern Washington.
Report findings include:
- Transmission is increasing in western and eastern Washington. The best estimates of the reproductive number (how many new people each COVID-19 patient will infect) were 1.34 in western Washington and 1.12 in eastern Washington as of October 10. The goal is a number well below one, which would mean COVID-19 transmission is declining.
- From mid-September to mid-October, case counts and hospitalizations have risen in both western and eastern Washington. Some of the increase in early October appears to be due to more testing. However, case counts increased during the week ending October 15 despite decreases in testing.
- Increases in western Washington are widely distributed geographically and across ages. Growth is particularly high in the 25 to 39 and 40 to 59 age groups and in the Puget Sound region (Snohomish, King and Pierce counties). This wide distribution suggests increases are due to broad community spread, not driven by a single type of activity or setting.
- Though cases have been rising at a slower rate in eastern Washington, other trends indicate a risk for faster growth in the future. The proportion of positive tests to total tests is considerably higher in eastern Washington than western Washington. Additionally, the case rate per person in eastern Washington remains twice as high as in western Washington.
- Recent growth in cases is widely distributed across the state. Several larger counties (Clark, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston) are seeing steady increases. After steady increases through October 7, case counts in King County began to decline—possibly due to decreased testing in that time period. Several smaller counties (Grant, Kittitas, Skagit and Walla Walla) are clearly experiencing increases, though the total number of recent cases remains low.
- Trends are also mixed in counties with flat or decreasing case counts. After gradual but steady increases through October 5, case counts in Benton and Franklin counties have plateaued. In Spokane County, case counts are now flat following a steep increase in early to mid-September. Case counts are fluctuating in Whitman County, with some likely increases in older people following a recent spike in the college-age population. Cases remain flat in Yakima County.
“Any spike in COVID-19 cases will jeopardize our progress toward reopening schools, strain our healthcare system and increase risks during holiday gatherings,” said Deputy Secretary of Health for COVID-19 Response Lacy Fehrenbach. “High rates in the community increase the chance that someone at your gathering—even people you know well and trust—could have COVID-19. If we act now, we can get these increases in control in time for the holidays.”
We can all take steps to protect our friends, families and communities. That includes wearing a mask around people you don’t live with (even close friends and family) and limiting the number, size and frequency of gatherings. Wash your hands frequently, get your flu shot and stay home if you’re sick.
If you do choose to gather with others, there are steps you can take to reduce risk. You can get tips for safer gatherings and ideas for alternative celebrations at coronavirus.wa.gov/gatherings.
DOH partners with the Institute for Disease Modeling, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington and the Microsoft AI for Health program to develop these reports every other week. More COVID-19 data can be found on the DOH website and in the state’s risk assessment dashboard.
- 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)