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Meal Distribution Updates - Updated on 4/2

Yakima School District Food Services would like to announce that they will be changing their food distribution schedule due to the transition to hybrid learning, curb-side meal distribution will occur as follows. Free meals will be available to all YSD students and children in our community aged 1-18. Student ID required for all YSD students or if a non-YSD student, the child must be present to receive meals. Masks are required to be worn by all persons within the vehicle.

Daily Curbside Pickup (Monday - Friday)

Barge Lincoln, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Garfield, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

McClure, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Franklin Middle School, 8:00 - 8:45 AM

*Yakima Online will NOT be a distribution site, students can go to any other YSD school offering curbside pickup for daily meals*

Students are NOT eligible for curbside meal pick-up on the days they are in-person learning. They will be provided meals during in-person learning on site. For students attending in-person learning, they will be offered the following meals.

Elementary: Breakfast will be offered in the morning and lunch will be a grab-and-go lunch to be consumed at home. Students may pick up 1 breakfast and 1 lunch per day; multiple meal pickups are not allowed.

Secondary: A grab-and-go lunch and breakfast will be offered for students to take home and consume. Students may pick up 1 breakfast and 1 lunch per day; multiple meal pickups are not allowed.

Please make sure your student knows to place the lunch in their backpack if they're riding the bus. Students may not eat on the bus. Refrigerate/freeze appropriate food items within 2 hours of receiving the meal.

Governor Inslee announcement today supports CDC guidelines; YSD likely to remain in hybrid learning model

March 25, 2021

On March 19th, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidelines supporting 3-foot social distancing (with masks and all other preventive measures in place) for some scenarios when it is safe to do so. This afternoon, Governor Inslee announced his support for these guidelines and urged districts to achieve full-time in-person operations this fall but allowed changes in operations this spring if decided through local decision-making for each district.

YSD fully transitioned to hybrid learning in the last two weeks, and we are proud of our staff and students' progress in this model. We are also mindful of COVID cases (none transmitted at school) and potential increases in community transmission from activities and travels over Spring Break/Easter. We will discuss the option of hybrid learning for the remainder of the school year with the school board in their upcoming meeting. The school board has been a supportive partner during this pandemic, and we anticipate their support to continue hybrid learning. It is likely we will need to tweak a few operational items and slightly modify schedules. Still, for the most part, we hope to continue in our current model, focus our planning on summer learning, and, fingers crossed, a return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall.

We will keep you updated.

What Does Today's Announcement of 3 Foot Social Distancing Guidelines from the CDC Mean for the Yakima School District?

March 19, 2021

What Does Today's Announcement of 3 Foot Social Distancing Guidelines from the CDC Mean for the Yakima School District?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidelines supporting 3-foot social distancing (with masks and all other preventive measures in place) for some scenarios when it is safe to do so. The Yakima School District currently operates under the previous guidelines of 6-foot social distancing.

The next steps for the Yakima School District include:

1) await possible support for the CDC's guidance from the Washington State Department of Health, Governor Inslee, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Yakima County Health District.

2) analyze the many aspects of our school operations to see where we could potentially make this change safely.

We will update you on any future changes in our operations

Preschool Enrollment Is Open

Do you have a 3-year-old child or a child that will be 4 years old on or before August 31st? Call the Early Learning Office at (509) 573-5980 to see which preschool program your child may qualify for.
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Kindergarten Enrollment Is Open

Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is now open! To enroll your child, contact your neighborhood boundary school. You can learn more about your boundary school at https://bit.ly/30iVthz.

To enroll your child, you must complete the following.

1. Enrollment Packet

2. Proof of Address

3. Student Age Documentation

4. Immunization Records

For more information, contact your boundary school or visit https://bit.ly/3qgUppc.

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Dual Language Program

If your Preschooler or Kindergartener speaks Spanish and will attend MLK Jr, Garfield, Barge-Lincoln, or Adams, consider the dual language program.

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Bus Route Information

How to Access your Bus Route Information in Skyward
Cómo acceder a la información de la ruta del autobús
Free 24/7 Chat Tutoring for YSD Students Grades 5-12

Raise your hand if your student could use help after-hours! Yakima School District students (grades 5-12) and teachers have FREE access to Paper.Co professional tutors, 24/7!

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Enhanced Safety & Risk Mitigation Measures

The health and safety of our staff and students is our number one priority. All of our decisions and protocols are fact-based and grounded in the latest data and science. No solution will be perfect, and modifications will likely be needed as we learn more and as guidance changes. With that said, by putting a number of different precautions in place, we can minimize risk and return to in-person learning gradually and safely over time. We'd like to share the numerous safety and risk mitigation measures that the Yakima School District has taken - going above and beyond what is required - to create an environment where our students and staff feel protected as they resume hybrid instruction.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The Yakima School District has extensive PPE for distribution across the district. PPE supplies have been acquired to support the specialized needs of classrooms, departments, and all staff/students.

  • Physical Distancing: The COVID-19 Response Team has measured the square footage of every space which will be used as a classroom to ensure that appropriate physical distancing will be met during in-person learning.

  • Health Attestation: All staff and students are required to attest that they are symptom-free and have not experienced a COVID-19 exposure before coming to campus each day. Families attest that their students are healthy and participate in a daily temperature check and symptom screenings before entering school buildings.

  • Class Sizes: Students are learning in small class sizes of no more than 15 students (many classes are much smaller), to allow for physical distancing and in accordance with state guidance.

  • Hand Sanitation: Additional hand sanitation stations have been set up around the district.

  • Enhanced Cleaning: We have hired additional custodial support and acquired new equipment and technologies to enhance our cleaning efforts throughout the district.

  • Closed Campus: We have closed our school facilities to outside groups to manage sanitation and cleaning of facilities.

  • Minimized In-Person Contact: We have enhanced remote and paperless capabilities to minimize in-person contact.

What to Expect When Going Back to School

In-Person Hybrid Learning: What to Expect When Going Back to School
Aprendizaje híbrido en persona: ¿Qué esperar al regreso a la escuela?

Student Attestation Requirements

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We Need Your Help

The Yakima School District has implemented protocols to reduce and eliminate the spread of COVID-19 at school - but we also need help from you. We are asking staff, parents, and students to participate in routine COVID-19 testing to help contain the virus, protect our communities, open up opportunities for in-person learning, and keep students and teachers healthy and safe.

We are still asking everybody in our community to mask up, wash their hands, avoid crowds, and watch out for symptoms. Each precaution we take is like an added layer of protection, and vaccination will now add another protective layer. But, until vaccines are widely available and taken, we will need to continue to use all of these layers together to dramatically decrease the risks.

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PEBT 2.0 - Update Your Mailing Address

Pandemic EBT 2.0 will provide food benefits to replace meals missed during the 2020–21 school year.

Please make sure that your address is correct with your students' school. The PEBT will be sent to the address listed in Skyward. If you need to make an address change please do so at your child's school prior to March 5th.

For all questions regarding PEBT please call the hotline at 1-833-518-0282 (Monday-Friday PST).

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Students With A Care Plan or Medications

Students who have health conditions that require a care plan or medications at school need to contact their school nurse in order for them to attend in-person learning. Parents/guardians can call or email their school nurse or contact their student's school and request to speak to the nurse.
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2021 Spring Parent Conferences Cancelled

Spring parent conferences, which were set to take place for elementary and middle school students from March 29-April 2, will be cancelled due to the district's transition from remote to hybrid learning. Schools will not follow the early release times outlined in the District's 2020-2021 Instructional Calendar, but will continue to follow the Hybrid Learning schedules for elementary and secondary schools.

Emergency Rental Assistance for Tenants and Landlords

Do you need assistance with paying rent? See this link for more information. https://www.yakimacounty.us/2453/For-Tenants-and-Landlords

24/7 Technology Support

Please look online for answers to your technology questions. If you cannot find them, please contact our student account technical support line at (509) 573-7120 or studenthelpdesk@yakimaschools.org

Peachjar Digital Flyers

Remember all of those paper flyers and notifications that students would bring home in their backpacks each week? They are going digital!

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.

Contact Us

The best way to get in line with your question is through our Let's Talk platform. It connects you directly with an expert that best knows the answer to your particular question. Let's Talk actually times us and sends us reminders if you have been waiting too long so that we can provide you with the best service possible.