Updates for Families

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Graduation Events

Graduation 2022
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Black Elegance, June 5 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Yakima School District is hosting a graduation/student achievement reception on Sunday, June 5, 2022, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at YV-Tech (1120 South 8th Street, Yakima, WA). The program will consist of a guest speaker, food, and entertainment. Family and community are invited to attend and share in this celebration.

Native American Celebration and Dinner, June 6 at 6:00 PM

The Yakima School District is hosting a celebration and dinner for our graduating Native American students on Monday, June 6, 2022, at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The event will take place at YV-Tech located at 1120 South 8th Street, Yakima, WA. Keynote speaker Elise Washines families invited. food

Yakima Online Graduation Ceremony, June 8 at 5:00 PM

The ceremony will be hosted at Eisenhower Auditorium located at 611 S 44th Ave, Yakima, WA 98908.

Stanton Academy Graduation Ceremony, June 8 at 7:00 PM

The ceremony will be hosted at the Capitol Theatre located at 19 S 3rd St, Yakima, WA 98901.

Davis High School Graduation Ceremony, June 13 at 7:00 PM

The ceremony will be hosted at the Sundome located at 1301 S Fair Ave, Yakima, WA 98901.

Eisenhower High School Graduation Ceremony, June 14 at 7:00 PM

The ceremony will be hosted at the Sundome located at 1301 S Fair Ave, Yakima, WA 98901.

COVID-19 Update: Cases In Community & Schools

There are still COVID-19 cases in our community and in our schools. If you or your student have COVID-like symptoms (Fever, Shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, Cough, Congestion/ runny nose, nausea, headache, fatigue, sore throat...), PLEASE STAY HOME.

We encourage COVID-19 testing with symptoms at the district test site at 331 N. 1st Street (across from Mel’s Diner) is open 1-4pm Monday-Friday except on school holidays. We also have take home tests available.

Masking is still a great way to help prevent the spread of illness, and a way to help keep yourself safe.

More details: www.YSD7.org/COVID-19

Culture and Climate Survey

In order for us to continue to improve our school district and school, it is important for us to understand your thoughts about the job we are doing in providing a quality education for your children. Your feedback is important and we want to know what you think are our strengths and opportunities for growth.

To gather this information, we are asking that you complete the survey below by May 31, 2022. Please take one survey per child that you have in the Yakima School District.

Click Here To Complete The Survey

If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please let your child's school know and they can mail you one. When you have completed the survey, please return it to the Yakima School District Central Office located at 104 N. 4th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902. The survey must be returned by June 5, 2022.

The information that we receive will be reported back to your child’s school building. This feedback gives us valuable information to support our school building’s School Improvement Plan and all of our students.

We value your input as we strive to continue to improve our schools. Thank you for your feedback.

Required Vaccinations For The 2022-2023 School Year

As your child returns to school next fall, it’s important to make sure they are up to date on all their required vaccinations for the 2022-2023 school year. There are important changes to these requirements for next year.

To get ready, the Washington State Department of Health strongly encourages you to schedule your child’s immunization visit as early as possible with their doctor or health care provider, so your child is up to date well before the first day of school. The summer months are a great time to get your child caught up with immunizations. Schedule your appointments early, since doctors' offices' schedules quickly fill up in August. Turn in your updated immunization paperwork to your child's school by August 20. This is especially important if your child is transitioning to Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or 7th grade because each of these grades has new requirements.

Students who do not meet the immunization requirements for school will be excluded from school, per the Revised Code of Washington RCW 28A.210.120. According to this law, any child attending school in Washington State is required to be fully immunized against or have an exemption in place for the following diseases: Measles (Rubeola), Chickenpox (Varicella), Mumps, Haemophilus influenzae Type B Disease (Hib)*, German measles (Rubella), Hepatitis B, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus, Pneumococcal disease, and Whooping cough (Pertussis).

Not sure if your child's immunizations are caught up? Access your family's immunization records online.

Please contact your school nurse if you have any questions.

Kindergarten Registration Is Open

Kindergarten registration IS OPEN ! To enroll your child, contact your neighborhood boundary school. Students who register early will receive a FREE student prize bag. For more information about registration requirements, visit our website at ysd7.org/kinder.

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Project Rossey Update: earn gift cards for project participation

The Yakima School District and the ROSSEY team are thrilled to see COVID numbers decline in the Valley. To help ensure numbers stay low in case of another surge during the pandemic and help public health programs to learn how to support a safe and confident return to school for future emergencies, the ROSSEY team is continuing to invite students and their families to participate in the study.

More than 600 students have enrolled as of today. Please help the ROSSEY team to reach their target goal of 900 families from Yakima School District!

Join to take part in health surveys. Families will be compensated for their time: $150 for completing three surveys, up to $40 per month per child for weekly health check-ins with Walmart gift card each week, and $5 Safeway gift card each week for gas for those traveling to the Yakima School District for COVID testing. All money is given via giftcards and mailed to families once a month.

There’s 4 ways to enroll:

Call the study or send a text to (888)774-7404

Enroll online: http://redcap.link/rosseyresearchstudyenglish

Return your enrollment packet or pick up a new packet from your school office

The Yakima School District Makes Yearbooks Free For All High School Students

YSD Makes Yearbooks Free For All High School Students

The Statewide Mask Mandate Is Now Lifted

The State Department of Health (DOH) released updated guidance for schools to align with the statewide mask order lifting after Friday, March 11, 2022. In developing the updated guidance,
DOH worked hard to balance the priorities of sustaining in-person learning while preserving student and staff health and safety.

As the governor announced a few weeks ago, beginning Saturday, March 12, masks will not be required in the school environment – it will instead be each employee and student’s choice whether to continue masking after the requirement lifts. Some of the key changes in the updated guidance include:

  • Masks will still be required in nurse/health rooms and isolation rooms, as these are considered healthcare settings.
  • Screening testing for COVID-19 for higher-risk activities will be optional.
  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to:
    -Isolate for at least 5 days. They may return to school after 5 days if their symptoms have improved.
    -After their 5-day isolation, on days 6–10 after a positive test, students and staff will be required to wear a well-fitted mask or a face shield with a drape or test negative with an antigen or at-home test.

As we move forward, we will continue to:

  • Notify our local health department of cases of COVID-19.
  • Update our data dashboard.
  • Notify close contacts of potential exposures.
  • Provide student and staff access to testing for COVID-19.

Wear a mask, or not, video by Tillicum Student Choir.

Continuing guidelines, data dashboard, safety protocols plus Q&A online at www.YSD7.org/COVID19.

Spanish Facebook

The Yakima School District has launched a Spanish Facebook page for our Spanish speaking families and community members. All content from our English Facebook page will be replicated in authentic Spanish.

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Welcome to ParentSquare!

The Yakima School District is now using the ParentSquare platform for the district, school, and classroom communications, primarily with email, text, and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using their email address and/or phone number (use the email and phone number that you have provided to your school and is in our Skyward Student Information System).

How To Sign Up

  • Go to www.parentsquare.com/districts/1061. You can also install the ParentSquare app on your smartphone and follow the prompts to sign up.

  • Tip! If your contact details aren't recognized, contact your school to get them added. After they update your information in their database, the new contact details will appear in ParentSquare after the next daily sync, and you will be able to create an account.

  • Tip! Use your email or the phone number that you have provided to your school and is in our Skyward Student Information System to set up your account otherwise ParentSquare will not be able to link your account to your student's information. Your email/phone number must match contact details in the school's database for this to work.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Yakima School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities 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 at 104 N. 4th Ave. Yakima WA 98902 have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

  • (Non-Students) Title IX/ADA: Robert Noe, Chief Legal Counsel, (509) 573-7039 noe.robert@ysd7.org;
  • (Adult) ADA/504 Compliance Coordinator: Chris Miller, Human Resources Director, (509) 573-7066 miller.christopher@ysd7.org;
  • (Students) Title IX/ADA/Section 504: Omar Santoy, Director of Student Services, (509) 573-7004 santoy.omar@ysd7.org.

Individuals with disabilities who require assistance or special arrangements to attend a program or activity sponsored by the Yakima School District should contact one of the ADA Coordinators 24 hours in advance of the event to inquire about reasonable accommodation. Deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, and/or speech impaired individuals may access Washington Relay Services by calling 7-1-1- or 1-800-833-6388.