Yelm Community Schools

September 22, 2020

Slow Shift to Hybrid

Based on new guidance from the Thurston County Health Department, we will soon be able to serve elementary students on campus following a phased in approach. We will begin with grades K-2 and transition to 3-5 during the month of October. As we shared in August, the feedback from families supported two consecutive days of in-person instruction and three days at home accessing remote learning. We also understand some families will choose to stay with 100% online learning at home, and they will have that option.


We are asking K-5 families to complete a survey for each student in your household. This will allow us to plan class sizes for Groups A and B and also support families who want to remain 100% online.

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Carefully review the information below prior to making your decision. Please complete the survey by Monday, September 28, at 9am. If we do not receive a survey from you, your student(s) will be assigned to Group A or B and bus transportation will be scheduled.


When the new hybrid schedule begins, all elementary schools will return to their normal start times to accommodate transportation schedules. Bus routes may be adjusted support pick up times for A and B groups.


In-person instruction will include the following safety protocols:

  • Parents will attest to the wellness of their child(ren) before they get on the bus or arrive at school. A quick and easy online tool will be used to report wellness each day.

  • Six foot distancing will be required in all classrooms.

  • Emphasis on frequent hand washing and ready access to hand sanitizer stations around the school.

  • Staff and students will wear face coverings during the school day and on buses. There will be planned breaks throughout the day.

  • Lunch will be provided to all students for FREE until at least December 31, depending on the federal school lunch program.

  • Adjustments will be made to lunch, recess, and movement between classes to best allow for physical distancing.

  • Families with multiple children will be placed in the same group.


100% online learning at home will including the following protocols:

  • Students will continue to use the district provided device.

  • Students will need to engage all day in their assigned learning. This will be recorded as attendance.

  • Students will need to demonstrate a full day of learning five days a week by attending LIVE sessions and completing assigned videos, activities, and assessments throughout the week which will be taught by a certificated teacher(s).

  • Family must provide daily wifi access to participate in Google Classroom, LIVE Zoom, and recorded videos.

  • FREE Grab n’ Go meals will be provided at identified locations.

  • To ensure adequate staffing and support for 100% online learning, families will be committing to this model until the end of first semester.


The district will create student groups based on the survey responses and will provide families with additional details about group assignment and start dates. We will continue to communicate with families with students in grades 6-12 on the next phase of the hybrid transition.


Thank you for your input and support as we continue with our SAFE START to SUCCESS plan for staff, students, and families.

K-5 Student Survey: Shift to Hybrid

Please complete the survey by Monday, September 28, at 9am.

Parent Resources

We encourage you to visit the SAFE START to SUCCESS website to access Parent Resource and FAQs. New information is added regularly. You can access:


Health & Wellness Resources

Instructional Resources

Support Learning at Home

Technology Tips and Tools

School Messenger App

As a reminder, all messages (phone, email and text) can be received on the School Messenger App. This can be downloaded on Android or iPhone. You can manage your messages in one place. Watch this video to learn more.

Calendar Highlights

Sept 24: School Board Meeting @ 6pm
Oct 8: School Board Meeting @ 6pm

Oct 9: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Development Day

Oct 12-16: National School Lunch Week

Oct 19-23: National School Bus Safety Week

Oct 22: School Board Meeting @ 6pm

Yelm Community Schools does not discriminate in any programs, activities or employment opportunities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights: Greg Davis, 360-458-1900, gregory_davis@ycs.wednet.edu; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120, lisa_cadero-smith@ycs.wednet.edu; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, shannon_powell@ycs.wednet.edu. Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.