Yelm Community Schools

September 25, 2020

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Shifting to Hybrid for Grades K-2

Last night the School Board approved the modifications to our reopening plan supporting the slow, transition to hybrid instruction. We are excited to bring our students back safely. Over half of our K-5 families have completed the survey.

For us to be on pace to start hybrid instruction on October 12 for K-2, we are asking K-5 families to complete the survey for each student in the household. This will allow us to plan class sizes for Groups A and B and also support families who want to remain 100% online. Students in the same household will be placed in the same group.

The survey will close on 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.

K-5 Student Survey: Shift to Hybrid

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

Frequently Asked Questions

When will we be notified of our group assignments?
We will begin notifying families in grades K-2 on October 5.

What if I don't get in the group that works for my family?

To ensure we follow health and safety guidelines of 6 feet distancing, we are working hard to balance class sizes. If there are extenuating circumstances that require you to request a change to your group assignment, you will be able to work with your school directly. However, changes may be limited.

What time will elementary school begin?

Elementary schools will change to staggered start times for hybrid in-person and 100% online learning. This is to support the bus routes. Schedules will be updated on our website and communicated by each school.

When will grades 3-5 be brought into hybrid model?

We will be monitoring the progress of K-2 including health attestation and screening, health and safety practices, and county health information. Bringing additional grades back will be based on the success of our K-2 implementation. We will continue to communicate with families on a target start date.

Are there any changes to middle and high school?

At this time, secondary schools will remain 100% online with the same 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. schedule. We will continue to follow the Decision Tree Guidance from the state and recommendations from the Thurston County Health Department in our slow transition to hybrid.

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

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,; 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.