Information Updates

  • Up-to-Date Information:

    CHILD CARE

    EMPLOYEE INFORMATION

    FOOD DISTRIBUTION

    STUDENT LEARNING

    Also, use the Let's Talk platform to ask questions and get assistance.

    Other news can be found below plus Coronavirus Resources to the right (desktop) or further below (mobile).

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  •  Washington State Superintendent Chris Reykdal's Weekly Video Messages

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  • June 17 is the last day of school for YSD students

    According to guidance from OSPI, unless districts can show that student learning was NOT impacted by the emergency closures (either loss of
    instructional days, loss of instructional hours per day, or both) districts are required to add five (5) days at the end of the school year. For the Yakima School District,
    that means June 17th will be the final day of distance learning for the 2019-20 school year.

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  • May 15, 2020

    YSD students can checkout a laptop from 7-9AM and 4-6PM at Washington MS on Mondays, Eisenhower HS on Tuesdays, and Lewis & Clark MS on Wednesdays. This schedule will continue until further notice.

    View details on checkout process

     

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  • May 13, 2020

    There will be no Kindergarten Transition Program this August due to the uncertainties surrounding school operations.

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  • April 29, 2020

    Gilbert, McClure, and Robertson Elementary families with students in grades 3-5 can check out a laptop on Thursday April 30th and Friday May 1st.

    Ridgeview Elementary families with students in grades 3-5 can check out a laptop on Friday May 1st and Monday May 4th.

    Checkouts will take place between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. The pickup window will be identified by a sign. We will be checking out one laptop per family regardless of the number of students you have in grades 3-5.

    A parent or guardian must be present and should be able to verify registration information (students need not be present). - Health and safety are our primary concern; please be prepared to maintain at least six feet between others who may be in line. 

    The checkout schedule for other schools will be announced as we update our plan.

    View details on checkout process

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  • April 24, 2020

    Laptop checkouts for Discovery Lab, McKinley, Roosevelt and Garfield Elementary families with students in grades 3-5 will take place on Tuesday April 28th and Wednesday April 29th between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM at the Student and Family Center located at 105 N 4th Ave. The pickup window will be identified by a sign. We will be checking out one laptop per family regardless of the number of students you have in grades 3-5.

    A parent or guardian must be present and should be able to verify registration information (students need not be present). - Health and safety are our primary concern; please be prepared to maintain at least six feet between others who may be in line. 

    The checkout schedule for other schools will be announced as we update our plan.

    View details on checkout process

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  • 4/24/20 LIBRARY MATERIALS

    Our primary focus is on the health and safety of all students, families, and staff.  In keeping with this focus, YSD will proceed with the following:

    Library materials will remain at home until further notice (with the exception of high school seniors)

    With the exception of high school seniors, we will not ask students or families to return library materials until it is safe for us to return to school in the fall.

    No late or return notices will be sent home at this time. Incoming 6th and 9th-grade students will return their library materials to their new building when it is safe for all of us to return to school.

    High School librarians Lynne Greene, A.C. Davis, & Heather Kessler, Eisenhower, will contact seniors with further instructions for return of materials.

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  • April 24, 2020

    A message from the Yakima Health District - Our Yakima community is facing COVID‑19, or the novel coronavirus, together. Take action now to protect your family and our community. The following video offers guidance on how you can help reduce the spread of COVID‑19.

    View more information from the Yakima Health District here: yakimatogether.org

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  • April 22, 2020

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  • April 22, 2020

    Laptop checkouts for Adams, Barge, Hoover, Martin Luther King Jr, and Nob Hill Elementary families with students in grades 3-5 will take place on Thursday April 23rd and Friday April 24th between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. We will be checking out one laptop per family regardless of the number of students you have in grades 3-5.

    Please note Adams ES will be checking out at Washington MS; all other schools will check out from their own building. The pickup window will be identified by a sign at each school.

    A parent or guardian must be present and should be able to verify registration information (students need not be present). Health and safety are our primary concern; please be prepared to maintain at least six feet between others who may be in line.

    The checkout schedule for other schools will be announced as we update our plan.

    View details on checkout process

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  • April 20, 2020

    Whitney ES families in grades 3-5 in need of a laptop can check one out at Eisenhower High School on Monday April 20th and Tuesday April 21 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. We will be checking out one laptop per family regardless of the number of students you have in grades 3-5.

    A parent or guardian must be present and should be able to verify registration information. (student need not be present)-  Health and safety are our primary concern; please be prepared to maintain at least six feet between others who may be in line. The checkout process will involve taking a photo of the student or parent with a checkout form to expedite and ensure a safe checkout process.

    For Eisenhower- Please park in the west parking lot, along 44th Avenue. Computers will be distributed by the entrance to the main office, and the pickup window will be identified by a sign.

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  • April 19, 2020

    Beginning April 20, YSD Students grades 6-12 in need of a laptop can check one out on Mondays at Washington, Wednesdays at Lewis and Clark and Fridays at Eisenhower High School, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. This schedule will continue until further notice. View details on checkout process

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  • April 15, 2020

    There will be a student laptop checkout period this Saturday, April 18th, from 9AM to 3PM. YSD students in grades 6-12 can check out a laptop at Eisenhower High School, Washington Middle School or Lewis and Clark Middle School. View details on checkout process

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  • April 13, 2020

    COVID-19 - Moving Student Learning Forward Survey - Our community and education leaders are doing their best to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Your perceptions will provide feedback to inform conversations and support improvement efforts. Data will be collected on an ongoing basis to track changes in people's perceptions. You are invited to complete the survey once per week. This is a free survey developed and administered by The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) for the public good. All individual survey responses are confidential and anonymous.

    Open CEE Survey

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  • April 10, 2020

    Laptop checkouts for students in grade 6 will begin on Monday 4/13. Students in grades 7-12 may also continue to checkout laptops. View details on checkout process

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  • April 8, 2020

    Laptop checkouts for students in grades 8 and 7 will begin on Thursday 4/9. Checkouts for students in grade 6 will begin on Monday 4/13. View details on checkout process

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  • April 7, 2020

    We are continuing to checkout laptops to high school students during spring break (4/6 - 4/10). View details on checkout process

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  • April 6, 2020

    Dear Families,

    En Espanol

    I’m writing to share some important news.  In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe and healthy, Governor Inslee has made the decision to close schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. During this extension, all schools in the District will remain closed. 

    We understand that the continued closure of schools presents many challenges for students and families. It also raises many questions. The information outlined below is what we currently know; however, we will continue to share further guidance as decisions are made and as information becomes available. 

    • Distance Learning: Distance learning will continue in the same format through the remainder of the school year. We have created an online resource page to support distance learning, located under this link www.YakimaSchools.org/COVID-19/learning.  Teachers will connect with students and learning opportunities will continue.
    • Technology: Laptops are available to students in middle school and high school. They are being distributed one grade at a time for safe social distancing. Please check our website for information under this link https://www.yakimaschools.org/Page/2081
    • Nutrition Services: We will continue to provide meals to students who need them. The next meal distribution is on Wednesday, April 15 at 10:30 am at the following locations: Washington Middle School, Eisenhower High School, and Davis High School. This distribution will contain five lunches and five breakfasts. 
    • Child Care: The District will continue to provide child care for children of first responders and health care workers. If your child is already enrolled in child care during school closures, you do not need to take further action to keep your slot. To apply for childcare, please go online to www.YakimaSchools.org/COVID-19/childcare
    • High School Seniors: High school seniors will receive support from counselors and teachers on opportunities to earn credits needed for post-secondary transitions. We are working closely with the state’s college system to advocate for smooth transitions.
    • Graduation Ceremonies: In-person graduation ceremonies will change to virtual ceremonies and/or be delayed. A final decision related to graduation ceremonies will be shared on or before May 1, 2020.
    • School Activities: All school events, including sporting practices and matches, field trips, dances, etc. will be canceled during the extended school closure. We are engaging with students to come up with creative alternatives to celebrate milestones such as prom and field day. In some cases, special events may be postponed until summer. We will keep students and families updated on these decisions so that you can plan your participation in advance.
    • Summer School: We are awaiting information from Governor Inslee on whether school facilities will be open to provide school over the summer.
    • Last Day of School:  The last day of school for the Yakima School District is June 10, 2020 (as previously scheduled).

    More information can be found on the district website at www.YakimaSchools.org. If you have questions or feedback, please engage with our Let’s Talk platform at https://www.yakimaschools.org/letstalk, Please continue to take good care of yourselves and your families. This is a difficult time for all of us, but we will get through it together. 

    Sincerely,

    Trevor Greene, Superintendent

    Yakima School District

     

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  • 4/6/2020

    YSD High School Students (grades 9-12) in need of a device can pick up a laptop at Eisenhower High School, Washington, and Lewis and Clark (LC) Middle Schools Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  

    The district is working on a plan to expand laptop checkout to students in grades 6 through 8. We will continue to notify students and parents as we update this plan.

    For Eisenhower- Please park in the west parking lot, along 44th Avenue. Computers will be distributed by the entrance to the main office, and the pickup window will be identified by a sign.

    For Washington- Please park in the east parking lot, along 9th Street. Computers will be distributed by the entrance to the main office, and the pickup window will be identified by a sign.

    For Lewis and Clark- Please park in the west parking lot, along S.12th Avenue. The pickup window will be identified by a sign.

    Students must be present, and have their student ID available.  Health and safety are our primary concern; please be prepared to maintain at least six feet between others who may be in line. The checkout process will involve taking a photo of the student with their student ID and a checkout form, to expedite and ensure a safe checkout process.  Students will receive one laptop and one power adapter.

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    Estudiantes del grado nueve (9) al grado doce (12) que necesiten una laptop podrán recogerla en la Escuela Preparatoria Eisenhower y en las Escuelas Medias Washington y Lewis & Clark de lunes a viernes entre las 9:00 de la mañana hasta las 3:00 de la tarde.

    El distrito está trabajando en un plan para distribuir laptops a los estudiantes en los grados 6 a 8. Continuaremos notificando a los estudiantes y a los padres a medida que actualicemos este plan.

    Para Eisenhower- Por favor, estaciónese en el estacionamiento del oeste a lo largo de la calle 44th Avenue.  Las laptops serán distribuidas por la entrada de la oficina principal. La ventana donde se recogerán la laptop estará identificada con un letrero.

    Para Washington- Por favor, estaciónese en el estacionamiento del este a lo largo de la calle 9th Street.  Las laptops serán distribuidas por la entrada de la oficina principal. La ventana donde se recogerán la laptop estará identificada con un letrero.

    Para Lewis and Clark (LC)- Por favor, estaciónese en el estacionamiento del oeste a lo largo de la calle 12th Avenue.  La ventana donde se recogerán la laptop estará identificada con un letrero

    Los estudiantes deben estar presentes y tener su identificación de estudiante disponible​.  La salud y seguridad son nuestra principal preocupación; por favor, mantenga al menos seis pies de distancia entre las otras personas que estarán en fila. El proceso para recoger la laptop implicará tomar una foto del estudiante con su identificación de estudiante y un formulario.  Los estudiantes recibirán una laptop y un adaptador de corriente.

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  • 4/2/20:

    Due to Governor Inslee extending the stay home, stay healthy order tonight, the Yakima School District will be closed through May 4, 2020.

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  • 3/31/20:

    Update for families from Superintendent Greene (in English and Spanish)

    English

    Spanish

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  • 3/23/20: We have been asked to share with you that Governor Inslee will address the public tonight at 5:30pm regarding new strategies in Washington to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

    You can watch online or on local television channels.
    https://player.invintus.com/?clientID=9375922947&eventID=2020031185

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  • 3-17-20

    Yakima School Board Unanimously Approves an Emergency Suspension of Policy and the Board has adopted Policy 3435 – Emergency Situation: Closure of Schools, and Policy 6883 - Closure of Facilities, which acknowledge school closure in response to a pandemic/epidemic and designates the District Superintendent or a designee to act as a liaison for the school district to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and the community. More online here.

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  • 3/6/20 -The 2020 Yamate Japanese Exchange has been rescheduled to 2021 (by the Japanese program hosts).

    More info: https://www.yakimaschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1498

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  • 3/6/20 Update for Families from Superintendent Greene

    Click Here to View Letter (English and Espanol)

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  • Notice - Perfect Attendance Awards (3/4/20)

    Effective immediately [3/4/20] the use of perfect attendance for awards and incentives is suspended for the Month of March 2020.  This decision is based on information from the Center for Disease Control's Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Yakima School District will revisit reinstating the program in April based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control.

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  • General Information- COVID-19 (3/2/20)

    Preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus is the same as preventing the spread of a cold, influenza, and other respiratory viruses. Please look below for specific information about personal prevention methods. As always, the Yakima School District custodial staff uses hydrogen peroxide-based cleaners to wipe down and sanitize doorknobs, sinks, toilets and more every day. We take instructions on preserving public health from the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH). Should we receive direction from WSDOH to add to our current custodial cleaning system, we will do that immediately.

    The Washington State Department of Health has established a hotline with a live person to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call the WSDOH hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press # then press 2. You will be connected to a live person. This hotline is open from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm.

    For more information and resources, please go online to https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus and

    https://www.yakimacounty.us/2323/Human-Coronavirus

    YSD will continue to share information about this emerging public health issue with staff and with our community, (facts/resources are on all school and district websites). We are in communication with local public health officials to stay abreast of any changes or developments in this area and are committed to sharing these updates, as needed. 

    Out of an abundance of caution, we are creating contingency plans should the situation in this state dramatically change. We will, of course, keep you informed about any developments.

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  • 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.
    • 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.
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