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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
While the Yakima County Health District has continued to be encouraged by the decline in confirmed cases in our county, they have informed us that we would need to have 63 confirmed cases over the course of two weeks to be considered a low-risk community. With our daily numbers drastically higher than this average, the Yakima County Health District is recommending that East Valley School District and our neighboring districts move forward with distance learning at this time.

Given the guidelines and recommendations by our local health authorities, we will begin the 2020-2021 school year 100% virtual with students engaging in an upgraded fully-remote/distance learning model. We are prepared to remain in this model until at least October 30th, but are also prepared to transition to traditional in-person instruction if there are significant improvements in the health status of Yakima County.

East Valley staff has been preparing to offer a significantly enhanced remote learning experience for your student(s) and your family. This enhanced remote learning experience will be focused on increased accountability for student engagement, while providing additional supports for students and families.

 

Program improvements include:
 
  • Opportunity for a digital device for every student,
  • 3 hours of synchronous (live) virtual learning opportunities using Google Meet/Zoom & 3 hours of teacher assigned learning activities, which will include opportunities for daily interactive teacher support,
  • Expansion of small group support,
  • Continued district wide implementation of Google Classroom as single learning platform,
  • Streamlined and consistent student learning schedules,
  • Opportunities for families to engage in interactive Virtual Learning Parent PD sessions,
  • Emphasis on social emotional learning and support services for students and families, and
  • More effective, efficient and timely communication between educators and families.
 
Our district office and all school offices will be open to the public beginning Monday, August 24, 2020. 
 
Office Hours
  • District Office ( 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. )
  • Elementary School Offices (7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • East Valley High School  (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. )
    • EVHS is operating shortened office hours in order to allow for the continued construction of our EVHS Modernization & Expansion project.
  • East Valley Central Middle School (7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
We will be constantly re-evaluating the situation throughout the year and following guidance from the Yakima County Health District. We expect to be in distance learning until at least October 30, 2020, but are prepared to return to in-person instruction if there are drastic changes in the health status of Yakima County. 
To access your student's Skyward account, you will need to login to the Skyward Family Access. Please contact your child's school if you do not know your login credentials. 
 
Your student's Skyward account may show you...
  • Grades
  • Attendance
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Food Service Balances
  • Outstanding Fines/Feeds
  • Etc. 
This year more than ever it is essential that we have the most up-to-date contact information for your family to ensure that you are receiving all of our communications. Please make sure that emergency contact information for your students is current so that you don't miss out on any important updates. If you aren't receiving district communications, please contact our director of communications, Brittany Kaple, and 509-573-7311 or by email at kaple.brittany@evsd90.org
 
The district office will send essential communications using all channels (robo-call, text and email). Schools and teachers will use Skyward, email and other forms of communication they have elected to engage with their families. If you aren't receiving communications from your child's school or teacher, please contact the building principal for support. 
  1. Login to Family Access
  2. Click on Student Information Update
  3. Select Student
  4. Navigate through the 8 sections and make appropriate changes. 
  5. Check to verify that you have updated all sections in Section 9 (Complete Student Information Update)
  6. Click 'Submit Student Information Update'
 
 
We are committed to helping our students and families to be successful in any way we can. Please contact your child's school and they will make accommodations for you. 
Our schools are currently working to revise supply lists for the 2020-2021 school year,  to include supplies essential to success during virtual learning and for in-person instruction. These will be available no later than Tuesday, August 25, 2020. 
 
Yes, we will continue to offer FREE bulk meal service beginning Tuesday, September 8th, for all kids ages 0-18.  
 
When is Pick-up?
We will be providing bulk meal service every Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
 
What do I do if I'm not available during meal pick up time? Don't worry WE DELIVER!!
Please call 509-573-7466 or email bishop.susan@evsd90.org to make arrangements for delivery service.
 
Where can I pick-up meals? 
We will offer meals at 3 locations 
  • East Valley Central Middle School
  • Moxee Elementary School
  • Terrace Heights Elementary School 
 
What is included in bulk meals? 
Bulk meal service will include 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches. Bulk meals will consist of frozen lunch entrees with re-heating instructions.
 
 
Other information about Bulk Meal Service: 
 
 
Virtual Learning Expectations

Expectations for Instruction; 

  • Manage a Google Classroom for each of your classes that organizes and delivers (provides links to) all content, assignments, and assessments
  • Utilize Google Meet or Zoom for synchronous (live) videos, as long as the join information is embedded in the Google Classroom
    • All synchronous (live) instructional videos, with relevant content to the learning, will be recorded and posted to the Google Classroom by the end of the day to allow for asynchronous (recorded) access to students
  • Various applications may be used for asynchronous (recorded) videos, as long as the video link is embedded in the Google Classroom
    • Asynchronous (recorded) videos will be available for student access up to the end of each unit
  • Provide 3 hours of live instruction through synchronous (live) video access per day to students, as outlined in the building schedule
  • Provide 3 hours of daily, teacher directed learning activities/student support opportunities (mini-lessons, class meetings, help sessions, online learning activities, independent learning activities, etc), as outlined in the building schedule
  • Provide regular assessment and frequent feedback to students within 1 work day, related to their learning and mastery of essential standards
  • Provide differentiation, intervention, and enrichment to students in order to meet their individual needs, during scheduled time, as outlined in the building schedule
  • Follow the agreed upon common team unit plan, including pacing, instructional resources, intervention/enrichments, and assessments

 

Expectations for Communication:

  • Respond to parent/student emails/phone calls/other communications within 1 work day
  • Expect daily contact (online attendance, submission of work, etc) with each student, as determined by the building schedule.
  • Parents whose student hasn’t engaged 3 of 5 days will be contacted by the end of each week with a phone call, email, video conferencing, or some other means with a confirmed response
  • Students who fit the above criteria, and you are unable to receive a confirmed response, will have their names communicated with the office within 3 days of attempted contact.
  • Students required to attend in person at all synchronous meetings
  • Daily schedule posted and easy to find/use
  • Scheduled lessons and help sessions aligned with the daily schedule
 

Expectations for Attendance;

  • Students will be expected to attend synchronous (live) video on a daily basis, as well as participate each day in the teacher directed learning activities, as outlined in the building schedules
  • Teachers will initially take daily attendance in Skyward from the scheduled synchronous (live) video opportunities.
    • Makeups can be arranged through student support time and/or asynchronous (recorded) video access – Skyward attendance will be updated if the student participates in any format during the day
  • Teachers will collect daily engagement data for each student, separate from attendance data, through the use of Google forms
  • Teachers will contact students not attending and/or engaging and work with the office to support students in attending all scheduled sessions

 

 

Expectations for Grading/Feedback/Assessments:

  • Focus on the mastery of essential standards
  • Return to ‘traditional grading’ in terms of providing a grade not only based on completion, but also accuracy, for assignments, tasks, and assessments.
  • Grading will be focused on providing meaningful feedback on students’ mastery of essential standards, not on task completion
  • Provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery on essential standards, with targeted intervention occurring in-between these opportunities to increase the likelihood of success
  • Conduct benchmark testing as we did during the traditional setting
  • Provide weekly common formative assessments and regularly scheduled common summative assessments, as decided upon by the team in the common unit plans.

 

 

Expectations for Collaboration:

  • Teachers will be expected to collaborate for at least 1 hour weekly with their teams to analyze common assessment data, as determined by their building schedule. 
  • The expectations for this time will be as they were in the traditional setting;
    • Questions #1 - What do we want students to know? 
      • Evidence –
        • Weekly Learning targets as outlined in Unit plans
        • One person in the group has the Unit Plan open and the team is referencing it
    • Question #2 – How will we know if they know it?
      • Evidence –
        • Common summative/formative student data/work that has already been scored and analyzed at a classroom level
        • Open TACA form that is being followed and completed by the team
        • Unit Smart Goals clearly articulated and progress being discussed
    • Question #3/#4 – What will we do if they don’t know/what will we do if they do know?
      • Evidence –
        • Clearly identifying specific plans for specific students for intervention/enrichment based on the data
        • Scheduling/clarifying time within the week for those plans to be carried out
        • Analysis of the previous week’s intervention/enrichment plans
    • Embedded within each questions’ discussion
      • Teams discussing effectiveness of instructional practices as related to the student data results
      • Using these discussions to agree upon which strategies will be utilized in the classrooms and who will provide targeted interventions to struggling students and when this will occur.
Please contact your child's school principal. They will assist you in getting in touch with your child's teacher.
 
  • East Valley High School - Kayla Crowe - (509) 573-7420
  • East Valley Central Middle School - Matthew Toth - (509) 573-7520
  • East Valley Elementary School - Colleen Crowston - (509) 573-7620
  • Moxee Elementary School - Liz Hockens - (509) 573-7720
  • Terrace Heights Elementary School - Tami Scrivner - (509) 573-7820
Yes, if you reside within our East Valley boundaries, you may re-enroll at any time. If you are a student in the dual language program and you elect to unenroll, you may re-enroll at any time, but dual language acceptance will be based on capacity and determined on an individual basis. 

Expectations for Learning;

  • Students must attend all synchronous (live) video learning opportunities on a daily basis
  • Students must participate each day in the teacher directed learning activities
  • Students must complete and submit all assignments
  • Students must take assessments independently, without assistance from an individual or other resource, not explicitly allowed by the teacher
  • Students must fully participate in the learning provided, both during synchronous (live) video lessons, and during teacher directed learning activities/student support times
  • Students must follow the virtual classroom expectations outlined by the teacher, including, but not limited to, digital citizenship and positive virtual meeting etiquette (cameras on, muted except when talking, being mindful of your background, etc.)
  • Students must attend an individual virtual learning orientation as scheduled by the building (specific schedules TBD)
  • Students must prioritize their academic learning over other possible distractions (a job, video games, etc.)

 

Expectations for Communication:

  • Students/parents must respond to teacher emails within 24 hours
  • Students/parents must communicate with their teacher regularly
  • Students/parents must inform their teacher ahead of time if they will not be attending synchronous (live) instructional time, and make arrangements accordingly to make up their missed learning
  • Students/parents must update their contact info in Family Access through Skyward
  • Students/parents must ask questions and advocate for their own learning
Instruction/Grading/Attendance
No, we are not offering a virtual learning academy outside of the distance, virtual learning being conducted by our East Valley educators and support staff. 
Teachers will be determining individual needs of students using regular assessments and by monitoring engagement. Supports for struggling students will be identified and assigned as needed. We are currently working with educators to create flexible schedules so that this additional support can be provided throughout the afternoon and evening for families that are working. 
 
  • East Valley School District will conduct our normal fall benchmark testing with all students to ensure we have the data necessary to understand each individual student’s strengths, learning needs, and social-emotional needs.
  • Based on this data, specific plans for support will be created to assist students in being successful, both academically and socially/emotionally.
  • If you feel your student is not getting the support they need in order to be successful, please contact your student’s teacher to discuss with them other options that may be available.
Our special education director is currently reviewing IEP's and will be contacting families soon to determine how we can best serve the individual needs of every student. 
Schools have been given some flexibility to bring special populations of students back to in-person instruction on a very limited capacity. We are currently working with other districts in our local Educational Service District 105 to create a rubric to help identify students in a clear and consistent manner. 
Once our rubric for identifying students has been finalized, we will identify students and notify families. Families should expect communication very soon. 
PreK falls into the special populations referenced in the plan that may be brought back on a yet to be determined schedule. We are still working on plans for or PreK Program.  We are working through guidance from OSPI and the Health Department and meeting with them regularly as we develop this plan.  It is our hope to be able to have a plan to share as soon as possible.  We will be in contact with the families as soon as the plan has been finalized.
Each school has created course maps that show these class codes. These course maps will be posted below and on school websites by September 3, 2020. 
 
  • East Valley High School
  • East Valley Central Middle School
  • East Valley Elementary School
  • Moxee Elementary School 
  • Terrace Heights Elementary School 
Yes, students will still spend time in electives courses and with specialists at our elementary schools. While the courses may look different than they would in an in-person setting, students will still be engaging in these subjects. 
  • Grading for the 20-21 school year will revert to the grading practices previously utilized prior to the COVID closure in the Spring of the 19-20 school year.
  • This means all assignments and assessments are required.
  • Students will receive grades and feedback not only based on completion, but also on their ability to accurately demonstrate mastery of the standards being assessed.
  • Failure to participate in and/or complete assignments and assessments will not only result in a negative impact in learning, but also will result in a negative impact to the student’s grade.
  • As mentioned above, all instruction, assignments, and assessments are required for each student.  Students must engage in the learning in order to be successful in mastering these essential standards
  • As communicated in the Spring of 19-20, all students who earned an incomplete last Spring will have an opportunity to complete that class during the Fall of 20-21.
  • This will be on an independent study basis with the teacher who issued the incomplete. The deadline for completing the class is by the end of 1st semester.
  • More details can be provided by contacting the individual student’s teacher or guidance counselor.
Yes, at this time the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction hasn't provided any guidance on this other than indicating that it will be required.
It is not our intention that students will be on a screen for 6+ hours daily. This enhanced distance learning should should model that of traditional in-person instruction. This means that we expect teachers to provide live instruction, followed by opportunities for student-teacher and student-student engagement, as well as opportunities to practice, just as they would in a classroom. 
They will watch the recorded videos and engage in learning in the afternoons. 
We have Chromebooks for every student in grades K-12 in the district. Families that need a device for their child(ren) should attend the Chromebook checkout time indicated for their school(s), as shown below. If you have multiple children that attend different schools, you will need to attend the checkout time at each school for which a device is required. 
 
Please review our Technology Handbook  prior to checking out a device. Click here to download a Device Checkout Form to expedite the checkout process. 
 
 
Device Checkout Dates:
  • East Valley Central Middle School & East Valley High School
    • Pick-up will be take place at the district office board room. Please follow traffic through the EVHS parking lot. 
    • September 2, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • East Valley Elementary
    • September 1, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Moxee Elementary
    • September 2, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
  • Terrace Heights Elementary 
    • September 1, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
 
If you can't make it to pick up for the dates listed above, you can checkout a device during our alternate block on September 3, 2020 from 8:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m and from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. This checkout will take place at our district office (2002 Beaudry Road, Yakima, WA 98901)
 
If you can't make it to any of our Chromebook checkout dates, please contact your child's school principal to arrange for alternate accommodations. 
 
 
 
 
If your device isn't working, you can exchange your device on scheduled checkout days. 
 
We will be offering live tech support daily to address family and student needs. This support will be provided remotely through Google Meet. 
 
Tech Support Times: 
 
You can also email our tech team at Help@evsd90.org
 
Yes, we had teachers attend several trainings directly related to virtual learning in the spring and then we continued to offer those same opportunities and more over the summer. When our employees return for start-up week, we our educators scheduled for additional professional development about both the technology aspects for providing virtual learning and how to create as strong a virtual environment which replicates a traditional setting as much as possible in a virtual format.
 
In addition to this professional development, we have created a digital library of videos for our staff to access which show how to do certain things within that virtual environment. 
Schedules & Supplies
The first day of virtual learning is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The last day of school is currently set to be June 16, 2021.
All student schedules and teacher assignments should be live in Skyward or received by families at home by August 31, 2020. If your student's schedule is not posted by August 31st, please contact your child's school for support. 
Yes, we plan to offer Virtual Learning Orientations with each family to start the school year. Our educators will be inviting each of our students and their families for orientation within the first two weeks of school. During these conferences, educators will review student and staff expectations and distribute any packets, workbooks or materials that you might need for home. Educators will also make sure you have a Chromebook,  access to internet and really work try to address any questions or concerns that you have so that we can better support families from home.
 
For people who aren't comfortable coming in and the face-to-face environment with masks and social distancing, we will offer orientations virtually with your classroom teacher.
 
More information about scheduling your Virtual Learning Orientation will be coming from your child's school/teacher. Please be on the lookout for this communication. 
  • All K-12 students will be expected to;
    • Attend and participate in 3 hours of synchronous (live), virtual learning opportunities each day
      • Attendance will be taken during this time
      • These synchronous (live) times will occur for all K-12 students from approximately 9-12 each morning
      • These synchronous (live) times will be recorded and posted to Google Classroom by the end of each day for access by students at a later time. These recordings will be available for access up to the end of each unit.
 
AND
 
    • Participate in 3 hours of teacher directed learning activities each day. This may include student support sessions, independent learning activities, online learning activities, or other activities assigned by the teacher
    • Teachers will initially take daily attendance in Skyward from the scheduled synchronous (live) video opportunities
      • Makeups can be arranged through student support time and/or asynchronous (recorded) video access – Skyward attendance will be updated if the student participates in any format during the day
    • As recommendations by the Yakima Health District change over the coming months, we will adjust our student schedules accordingly. These changes will include bringing students into the school setting on some sort of alternating schedule, which is yet to be determined, and will be based on the guidance by the Yakima County Health District.   In order to maximize student cohorts to reduce transmission risk, our schedule will limit the number of students in each building to ensure we are able to maintain the 6-foot distancing guidelines. 
 
General grade band schedules can be found below;
Elementary (East Valley Elementary, Moxee Elementary, Terrace Heights Elementary)
Middle School - East Valley Central MS
High School - East Valley HS
 
*** Specific schedules will be published as we get closer to the first day of school on September 8, 2020.
To make changes to student schedules, please contact your child's school counselor. 
Attendance will be taken during the live, synchronous videos. Student that attend the live video feeds will be marked as present. If students do not attend the live video feeds, they will be marked as absent. All live, synchronous videos will be recorded and posted by the end of the day. If your child misses the live, synchronous video, they can watch these recordings and participate any time throughout that day and the absence will be changed to be present for that day and class period.
All live, synchronous videos will be recorded and posted by the end of the day. If your child misses the live, synchronous video, they can watch these recordings and participate any time throughout that day and the absence will be changed to be present for that day and class period.
Yes, information about processes for checking out library books and other materials will be communicated by your child's school.
Watch this video to see a demo kindergarten lesson online with East Valley Elementary teacher, Mrs. Nygard. 
 
All live, synchronous videos will be recorded and posted by the end of the day. If your child misses the live, synchronous video, they can watch these recordings and participate any time throughout that day and the absence will be changed to be present for that day and class period.
As a school district, we are required to offer students 180 days of instruction with an average amount of instructional time of 1,027 hours for K-12 students. This has been an expectation for many years. Last spring, this expectation was waived due to the emergency situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and closure of our schools. This meant we had more flexibility in what our virtual learning look like last spring. To start the fall those waivers have been removed and we have those same expectations back in place. Knowing this, we had to create schedules that offered 1,027 instructional hours to our students over 180-day period, which is why many of you may be seeing that the schedule is much more robust than it was in the spring.
 
Additionally, much of the feedback we received from staff and families in our remote learning survey last spring,  indicated that we needed to promote higher expectations for engagement and accountability for both our staff and students. These new schedules promote these higher expectations. 
Technology
We have Chromebooks for every student in grades K-12 in the district. Families that need a device for their child(ren) should attend the Chromebook checkout time indicated for their school(s), as shown below. If you have multiple children that attend different schools, you will need to attend the checkout time at each school for which a device is required. 
 
Please review our Technology Handbook  prior to checking out a device. Click here to download a Device Checkout Form to expedite the checkout process. 
 
 
Device Checkout Dates:
  • East Valley Central Middle School & East Valley High School
    • Pick-up will be take place at the district office board room. Please follow traffic through the EVHS parking lot. 
    • September 2, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • East Valley Elementary
    • September 1, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Moxee Elementary
    • September 2, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
  • Terrace Heights Elementary 
    • September 1, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
 
If you can't make it to pick up for the dates listed above, you can checkout a device during our alternate block on September 3, 2020 from 8:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m and from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. This checkout will take place at our district office (2002 Beaudry Road, Yakima, WA 98901)
 
If you can't make it to any of our Chromebook checkout dates, please contact your child's school principal to arrange for alternate accommodations. 
 
All students that checkout a device will be charged a $15 device usage fee for each device. If a family elects to checkout both a Chromebook and a hot spot for one student, they will have to pay the device usage fee twice.  If a technology device or any peripheral for the device (case, cord, etc.) is accidentally damaged or stolen, the first instance will be covered by the $15 technology use fee (please make checks payable to East Valley School District). For any subsequent accidental instances, or for initial instances of malicious damage, the repair or replacement cost may be at your own expense, determined upon an investigation of the incident that resulted in the damage.
 
 
If you can't make it to any of our Chromebook checkout dates, please contact your child's school principal to arrange for alternate accommodations. 
We have hot spots available for families that don't have access to internet. Families that need a hot spot should attend the device checkout time indicated for their school(s), as shown below.  
 
Please review our Technology Handbook  prior to checking out a device. Click here to download a Hot Spot Checkout Form to expedite the checkout process. 
 
 
Device Checkout Dates:
 
  • East Valley Central Middle School & East Valley High School
    • Pick-up will be take place at the district office board room. Please follow traffic through the EVHS parking lot. 
    • September 2, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • East Valley Elementary
    • September 1, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Moxee Elementary
    • September 2, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
  • Terrace Heights Elementary 
    • September 1, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
 
If you can't make it to pick up for the dates listed above, you can checkout a device during our alternate block on September 3, 2020 from 8:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m and from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. This checkout will take place at our district office (2002 Beaudry Road, Yakima, WA 98901)
 
If you can't make it to any of our device checkout dates, please contact your child's school principal to arrange for alternate accommodations. 
 
School-issued devices should only be used for school related activities. A violation of this policy may result in the device being returned to the school. 
 
We use two programs, Securly and Hapara to promote cyber security for our students. In addition to these two programs, we have our content filtering going on at the district level. This means that when devices are on our district network all student Chromebooks will be filtered through our district filter, which blocks anything that's not on our whitelist. When devices are not on our district network, our content filter cannot control their access and families will need to rely on Securly reports.
 
Securly is a family friendly program which allows parents to monitor their child's device and provides daily and weekly reports of what their kids are accessing and how much they're accessing it. Securly also allows parents the ability to whitelist or block certain content/websites that they don't want their child to have access to.
 
Hapara allows our teachers the ability to block certain things that need to be restricted and monitor student devices during instruction. Teaches also have the ability to lock down student use between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
 
For more information about these systems click here. 
 
 
We will be offering live tech support daily to address family and student needs. This support will be provided remotely through Google Meet. 
 
Tech Support Times: 
 
You can also email our tech team at Help@evsd90.org
 
In addition to this live tech support, we are also providing live, interactive virtual learning PD sessions for parents on August 26th and September 2nd. Click here for information about these sessions and links to join. 
 
If your device isn't working, you can exchange your device on scheduled checkout days. 
 
We will be offering live tech support daily to address family and student needs. This support will be provided remotely through Google Meet. 
 
Tech Support Times: 
 
You can also email our tech team at Help@evsd90.org
Please return district issued technology to your child's school. 
Parent Support
We will be offering live tech support daily to address family and student needs. This support will be provided remotely through Google Meet. 
 
Tech Support Times: 
 
You can also email our tech team at Help@evsd90.org
 
In addition to this live tech support, we are also providing live, interactive virtual learning PD sessions for parents on August 26th and September 2nd. Click here for information about these sessions and links to join. 
 
 
 
We are providing live, interactive virtual learning PD sessions for parents on August 26th,  September 2nd & September 16th. Click here for information about these sessions and links to join. 
We have compiled a list of support resources and videos to help navigate remote learning in Google. We also recommend keeping in touch with your child's teacher and asking for support when you're unsure of how to use the platforms they have chosen for instruction with their students.
 
Health Screening
Yes, all individuals that are in our buildings are required to wear masks. 
  • Because East Valley School District is starting the 20-21 school year in a virtual format, this portion of the plan does not currently apply to students. The exception is for those students who have been selected to participate in a face to face instructional format.  However, it will apply to all staff who are working in the building.
  • Our initial plan for those students who will be attending in person, and as we transition to a hybrid format, are as follows;
  • All students and staff in the building will be checked for signs of an illness prior to entry each day. Staff and students with any illness must stay home. Every day, staff and parents/guardians of students must complete an affidavit attesting their answers to the following questions:
    • Do you/your student have any of the following symptoms that are not attributable to another condition [on the first day after a break or for a new student, please ask about symptoms in the past three days (72 hours)]:
      • A fever of 100.4°F or higher or a sense of having a fever
      • A cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Shaking chills
      • Chest pain, pressure, or tightness
      • Unusual fatigue or difficulty with exercise
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Muscle or body aches
      • A sore throat
      • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
      • Congestion/running nose – not related to seasonal allergies
    • Does anyone in your household have any of the above symptoms that are not attributable to another condition?
    • Has anyone in your household been tested for the COVID-19 infection and are still awaiting results?
    • Has your student been in close contact with anyone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes.
    • Has your student been diagnosed or tested positive for the COVID-19 infection?
    • Has your student had any medication to reduce a fever before coming to school?
  • The student/staff must be excluded from school if the answer to any of the above questions is “yes.” Refer to “Returning to school after suspected COVID-19 symptoms” below.
  • If the answer to all of the above questions is “no,” the student/staff will be checked for signs of being sick, such as flushed cheeks or tiredness, prior to entering the building.
Close contact is defined as contact with another individual that is within 6 feet distance for greater than 15 minutes. 
Returning to school after suspected COVID-19 symptoms - A staff member or student who had signs of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 can return to the program when:
  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery – defined as no fever without the use of medications and improvement in respiratory signs like cough and shortness of breath;
AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since signs first showed up.
OR
  • It has been at least three days (72 hours) since recovery AND a health care provider provides a note that the student does not have suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • If a person believes they have had close contact to someone with COVID-19, but they are not sick, they should watch their health for signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID-19 symptoms during the 14 days after the last day they were in close contact with the person sick with COVID-19. They should not go to work, child care, school, or public places for 14 days.