Yelm Community Schools

November 1, 2021


Many school districts around the state are grappling with questions about what to do on days where we have snow and ice. Do we continue to have snow days or can districts offer a full day of remote instruction? It is a fair question without simple answers.

In order to count a remote day as a full school day, districts have to guarantee that all students have full access to the learning that day. When we have snow and ice, some families that live in the more rural regions of the district lose power or do not have reliable internet. Additionally, many of our teachers live in areas without reliable internet and would not be able to come to school to conduct remote lessons. In both scenarios, many students would not get access to instruction and assignments for the day. We can't allow that to happen.

For these reasons, we will continue to have snow days due to inclement weather. If we have to close, the day will be added back into the calendar later in the year.

Inclement Weather Procedures

Sometimes during the school year, we face the possibility of inclement weather resulting in school closure or schedule changes. Typically, families will be notified of emergency schedule changes by an automated phone call, email and/or text. We will announce closures and delays as early as possible but not later than 5:30 a.m. Occasionally circumstances change quickly and late announcements are unavoidable. The following information is for reference in the event that the schools are closed or buses operate on an emergency schedule:

  • School Closure: All schools will be closed all day and any activities planned for the day or evening will be announced by 12pm on the district website.
  • Emergency Schedule: Indicates that schools will start on a delayed schedule. Parents are reminded that although the buses will start the runs later, if we are on an emergency schedule, the buses may be slightly later near the end of the run. We request that parents make allowances for this.
  • Limited Transportation: Limited transportation will prevail if some roads become inaccessible or if the county announces road closures. If we alter a route, we will send an automated message. School will be in session unless otherwise announced by the Superintendent’s Office.

Stay informed about Emergency Closures & Delays by

  • Signing up for FLASH ALERT to receive an email notice.
  • Updating your Family Access email and home & cell numbers
  • Opting In for Text Messaging (Text YES to 67587)
  • Following Yelm Community Schools social media platforms
  • Visiting the district website for detailed information and updates
  • Tuning into other media outlets

Multilingual Family Resource Night!

Multilingual Family Resource Night on November 8 at 6 pm. Visit our website to learn more. Topics include Skyward Family Access, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Upcoming Community Events and more.

Upcoming Conferences

It's time to schedule your conference with your teacher(s). Check your school's website for details about signing up for a date and time.

WHEN: November 22, 23 and 24

Remember, these are also 1/2 days for school. There is no school November 25 & 26 for Thanksgiving Holiday.

Fall Athletes Head to State Competition

YHS Football is making history! The team clinched the SSC League title on Friday and are ranked #3 in the state. They will host the first state playoff game against Mead HS on Saturday, November 4, at home tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m. (Time may change due team traveling from Spokane.) The Cross Country and Tennis athletes are also headed into state competition.

Show your school spirit. Wear Yelm School attire, decorate your car or make displays in windows at home or at work. Let's cheer on our student athletes.

FFA Students Shine at Nationals

This past week Yelm FFA student competed at Nationals. After extensive summer preparation and qualifying activities, five students and two advisors completed the competitive events in-person in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Alumni Harley Jo Holman earned 3rd place in nation for Employment Skills Leadership Development Event after multiple interviews and a networking activity. The team of junior Illey Wall, senior Kendall Lawson and two graduates BreAnna Short and Caitlyn Garvey competed in the Poultry Event earning a Bronze medal just two points away from a Silver.

FFA Students Shine at Nationals
Standard Time Change is November 7

Dates to Remember

Nov 2: Election Day

Nov 6: Football State Playoff Game @ YHS tentatively 2 p.m.

Nov 7: Daylight Savings (Fall Back)

Nov 8: Multilingual Family Resource Night at YHS 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Nov 11: NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day

Nov 19: 1/2 Day for Records (End of 1st Quarter)

Nov 22-24: 1/2 Days for Conferencing

Nov 23: School Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

Nov 25-26: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

YCS COVID Information and Resources

Visit our website for the COVID Dashboard and Resource Links

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: Julie Mondry, 360-458-1900,; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120,; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.