Yelm Community Schools
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Our county is experiencing record high case transmissions over the past four weeks and is now in the high transmission category based on the Governor's Decision Tree (English) (Spanish) for public schools. As a result of these high rates of transmissions, plus surging data percent of positive tests, hospitalizations and deaths, Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek, our county health officer, informed schools that if current rates of transmission continue to November 6, she will direct schools to revert back to remote instruction with the exception of small group work with highest need students. This direction would stay in place until mid-January as case increases are expected after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Our board and I sincerely want to expand in-person learning at our schools, but that will be delayed.
This is not the news everyone wanted to hear. About a month ago, the county was on the verge of going into the low transmission category, which would have removed many restrictions on in-person learning activities. This spike is being attributed to the Labor Day holiday, recent outbreaks at care centers, and family events such as weddings, parties and other gatherings.
For our district, this news does not change our current practices working with high risk students and students receiving specialized services. I am really proud of the small group work we have done as a district. It isn't easy. I am also asking everyone to do what they can to reduce transmissions, mainly through the use of face coverings and staying distanced from others in community settings. Only by decreasing case transmissions can we resume our path to having more in-person learning opportunities for students.
We hope to have additional information in the coming weeks, and we will update all of our families accordingly.
Stay safe, stay healthy,
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Veterans Day Observance
Yelm Community Schools partners with the Department of Defense (DoD) to support our military families and students through several grants totaling $2.5 million. These additional funds benefit all students. Each year the district needs to report to the DoD the number of military-connected students in the district. The more military-connected families we can identify the more likely DoD is to continue funding these grants.
We are asking all military-connected families to either contact their school's office and let them know your military connected status or you can log in to Family Access to update your military status.
Seeking Feedback Using "Pulse Survey"
The email contains access to a survey that we hope you all will take. The survey asks about your experiences with our district and our schools this fall. The responses to the surveys will only come to the district. Our intent is to use your feedback to improve.
In future weeks these surveys, known as Pulse Surveys, will go out to random samplings of parents/guardians. Again, our purpose in sending the surveys is to listen and respond wherever we can. We thank you for your participation!
Importance of Flu Shots
What are some key reasons to get a flu vaccine?
- Every year, flu vaccination prevents illnesses, medical visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.
- Flu vaccination also is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions.
- A 2017 study showed that flu vaccine can be life-saving in children.
- While some people who get vaccinated still get sick, flu vaccination has been shown in several studies to reduce severity of illness.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org; Title IX Coordinator: Lisa Cadero-Smith, 360-458-6120, email@example.com; and 504 Coordinator: Shannon Powell, 360-458-6124, firstname.lastname@example.org. Address: 107 First St N, PO Box 476, Yelm, WA 98597.