Yelm Community Schools

July 30, 2020

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Safe Start to Success Update

Families of Yelm Community Schools

Today Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek of the Thurston County Health Department issued her position that data about the transmission of COVID 19 throughout Thurston County makes opening of schools for in-person instruction unsafe. Other health officers around the state have issued similar statements in the past few days. As a result, we will begin the upcoming school year in 100% remote learning. All districts in Thurston and Pierce Counties have made the same decision.

We are incredibly disappointed that we will not be able to start the new year with students on campuses. However, the health and safety of our students, families and staff remains a high priority. According to Thurston County data, transmission rates have continued to climb to over 60 cases per 100,000 when the target was less than 25 cases per week in Phase 3. We need to continue to follow the guidance on hygiene practices and physical distancing to lower our county’s exposure.

When the Governor closed schools in March, we were under an emergency directive to modify instruction and grading. Since then, we have worked extensively to develop our online tools and practices and will be ready to fully support student instruction online. In the coming weeks, we will develop plans to distribute district devices to all K-12 students. We are planning additional professional development for teachers, and we will work directly with families and students who are in need of specialized services.

We have reached out to our local child care organizations and faith-based groups to determine what services and capacity exists to support working families. We will be posting information on our website to assist families in making connections.

We will continue to update our SAFE START TO SUCCESS website with resources and answers to commonly asked questions. At this time, we have put the online “OPT IN” survey and grouping assignments on hold; but we are hopeful that in the near future we can return to the Yellow Hybrid model.

Again, we know how important it is for students to connect with their teachers and their peers. We can make that happen in our remote learning program. Let’s work together to reduce the spread of this virus and return our students to in-person instruction as soon as we can.

Stay healthy. Stay safe.

Brian Wharton


Calendar Highlights

Aug 20: School Board Meeting @ 6pm

Sept 2: First Day for Grades 1-12

Sept 8: First Day for Kindergarten

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.