Back to School Updates for Parents
Information and Tips for Success
PEBT benefit application deadline extended to September 16th
Because COVID-19 closed our school last spring, your children are eligible for food assistance, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Meals Program.
P-EBT provides families with funds to make up for some of the cost of meals while school was closed. This benefit is for Washington children in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price school meals. For the Yakima School District, that is ALL students regardless of income. Students qualify for up to $399/each.
These benefits will be on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card which is used like a debit card to buy groceries. If you do not already receive benefits, you will need to apply on or after September 11 (was June 30). If you receive food assistance benefits already, the money should have appeared on your EBT on June 30.
YSD is a state leader in students being issued benefits (70% of YSD students had been issued benefits as of 8--30-20). If you have not yet applied, please do. ALL YSD STUDENTS regardless of income are eligible.
Go to WashingtonConnections.org and apply. ALL 2019-20 (last year) YSD students are eligible.
Free Weekly Breakfasts and Lunches Children age 1-18
For your convenience, meals may be picked up on Wednesdays from 11 AM - 1 PM or 5:30 PM - 7 PM.
School facilities are not open to non-employees. Please do not linger on school grounds when picking up meals.
Free meals are available to all children age 1-18. YSD students are asked to bring their ID card. Middle and High School Students also have mobile IDs when they login to their Skyward account.
Families must wear face coverings to pick up meals.
Click here for a list of meal pick up sites.
New! Our menus are now online. Check them out here!
Free At Home School Supplies For ALL YSD Students
Training For Families
For elementary, students will utilize Google Classroom as their learning platform. For secondary (middle and high school), students will utilize Canvas.
Screencastify is another platform where you might feel you need some support.
You can access the list of training courses here.
Critical: Update Your Email Address at Your Student's School
Peachjar Digital Flyers
Parents will have the opportunity to view flyers on their email, through a reminder from the Remind App, on the YSD mobile app, or on their student's school website. Please look for these notices and scroll through the flyers to see which ones interest you. Flyers will be from school, the district, and community partners.