Yelm Community Schools

March 9, 2022


We want to start by saying thank you for supporting our students and staff over the past two years during the pandemic.

Late yesterday evening, the Department of Health released updated K12 School Guidance (rev 3.7.22) to address the change in mask mandate. Below is a summary of what schools are required to continue and efforts we will make to continue to limit the transmission of COVID-19 and maximize in-person instruction. Masks become optional in nearly all settings starting Monday, March 14, and we will support the decision of students and staff who continue to wear masks. We will continue to make masks available each day.


  • All employees of YCS will be vaccinated or have an approved exemption.
  • If a student or staff member exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home or will be sent to the health/isolation room to be picked up from school.
  • If symptoms last more than 24 hours, students and staff will be allowed to return once symptoms have improved and receive a negative test result. Our district testing center will remain open to serve students and staff.
  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID regardless of vaccination status, they may return after 5 full days of isolation if 1) symptoms have greatly improved, 2) no fever for 24 hours without medication AND 3) tests negative or wears a mask for days 6-10.
  • If no test is administered or mask will not be worn, student or staff will remain home for an additional 5 days.
  • Masks will be worn in health/isolation rooms.


  • Continue to encourage frequent handwashing and hygiene practices.
  • Practice physical distancing to the degree possible and practical.
  • Maximize outdoor activities.
  • Notify student/family or staff if exposed to COVID positive individual. Student and staff will not be required to quarantine; however, they will be highly encouraged to monitor symptoms, mask for up to 10 days and get tested 3-5 days after their last exposure.
  • Make RAPID diagnostic testing available to students and staff that have been exposed to COVID.
  • Open windows on buses for ventilation and provide access to masks.
  • Disinfect and clean surfaces as recommended.

Thank you for continuing to support our effort to create a safe, healthy learning environment for students, staff and guests.

Dollars for Scholars

Yelm Dollars for Scholars has sold out of the LIVE Auction tickets! You can still bid on silent auction.

Online Silent: Close at 10 p.m. March 11. Winners will pick up items on March 13 at Yelm Prairie Christian Center based on last name:

10:00 a.m. (A-D)

10:30 a.m. (E-J)

11:00 a.m. (K-S)

11:30 a.m.(T-Z)

Noon - 2 p.m. Final Pickup

Pediatric Vaccine Clinic

On March 26, Thurston County PHSS will host a Pediatric Vaccine Clinic for children ages 5-11 at Prairie Elementary from 10 -12 p.m. You are encouraged to pre-register but drop in is available. Use this REGISTRATION LINK.


On March 16, 2022, the Office of Student Support, Yelm Community Schools and our Community Partners will provide an virtual event for all ages you won’t want to miss. Below are the panel presentations.

Please join us from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m to engage in discussion and interact with panel members. All panel discussions will be archived for accessibility after the event. Zoom links will go live at 5 p.m. with a new rotation every 30 minutes, so families can attend multiple panels. Visit our website to review the panel speaker and access the Zoom links. We look forward to seeing you there!


Spring conferences are just around the corner. Register for your child's conference using Skyward Family Access starting March 14. Conferences will be March 30 and 31st.

This is a great time for teachers to share student growth and to create goals for learning. For high school seniors this is a critical opportunity to demonstrate their post-graduation plan and to set the short term goals necessary to prepare for graduation on June 16.


Thurston County Chamber is hosting the 12th annual “Math for Life” event for students across the county. Eleven business in Yelm are participating.

Math for Life’s goal is to promote real life math skills through a program that connects the business community and education. Go on a scavenger hunt to local businesses in our region and find out how they use math and win great prizes. Math for Life runs from April 3 – April 16!

Math for Life map will be released by March 28 and available at your school or print yourself a copy. Turn your completed form into your teacher to be entered to win prizes by April 20.

Oh, The Places You'll Go - 5K

Learners without Limits will host the 'Oh, The Places You'll Go 5K', a self-paced run/walk to raise funds that provide Yelm students with shoes, clothing and other essential items.

Registration includes: event T-shirt to the first 100 registrants, door prizes, and fun! Dr. Seuss costumes are encouraged and pets are welcome. Be sure to register!

First Session:

  • Registration April 28 from 3:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Welcome / Sponsors 3:30-3:45 p.m.
  • 3:45 p.m.Start

Second Session

  • Registration April 28 from 4:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Welcome / Sponsors 5:00-5:15 p.m.
  • 5:15 p.m. Start

Dates to Remember

MARCH - Nutrition and Youth Art Month

Mar 10: School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

Mar 13: Daylight Savings

Mar 14-18: Classified Employees Week

Mar 24: School Board Meeting 6 p.m.

Mar 25: 1/2 Day - End of 3rd Quarter

Mar 30-Apr 1: 1/2 Day - Conferences

Apr 4-8: NO SCHOOL - Spring 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.