COVID-19 CLOSURE Q&A
This unprecedented school closure has generated a number of questions and complications around providing traditional school services to our community. East Valley School District’s goal is to use our organization to provide stability and resources to our community during this time.
Will you be providing meals for students? (Updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2020)
Yes, we are offering free meals for all children ages 1-18, regardless of family income. To further reduce the exposure through person to person contact as well as transportation burdens on families, we will be converting to bulk meal distribution this Friday, April 3, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This will be offered as a “Grab and Go” service from two distribution locations:
- Terrace Heights Elementary
- Moxee Elementary
While we originally communicated that we would not provide meals over spring break, we have since decided it is in the best interest of our families to continue to provide this support through the week of spring break. This Friday (4/3), we will provide children with 7-days of meals, both breakfast and lunches. This will cover Friday (4/3), Monday (4/6), Tuesday (4/7), Wednesday (4/8), Thursday (4/9), Friday (4/10), and Monday (4/13). All 7 days of meals will be distributed on one day. Please make sure to plan accordingly in order to transport your meals home. (i.e. car, truck, wagon, etc.) Children must be present to receive these meals.
Bulk meal distribution will continue after we return from spring break. These bulk distributions will cover 5-weekday breakfasts and lunches. Future bulk meal distribution dates are:
- April 14th
- April 21st
If you do not have transportation to pick-up meals for your child(ren), please contact our Food Services Department at (509) 573-7435. Additional updates will be communicated through SchoolMessenger and posted to our website. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Will students have to make-up these missed days?
Yes, students will have to make-up some of these days. OSPI Superintendent, Chris Reykdal, indicated that schools would go until June 19th to make up lost instructional time. This change adds seven additional days past our currently scheduled last day of Wednesday, June 10.
- June 10th will become a full school day.
- June 19th is tentatively our last day of school. Students will be on an early release schedule.
How can we register our incoming kindergarten students during the closure?
What about appointments I already have scheduled with my kid’s teacher/school?
Previously scheduled meetings for this week are being postponed at this time (for example IEP, 504, etc.) For future planning, we will be working on setting up teams to potentially host IEP type meetings via Zoom or phone.
Are sports and other extracurricular activities cancelled?
All extra-curricular activities have been canceled during the school closure. We understand there are many unknowns with regard to activities, particularly for our seniors and plans for these important activities will be communicated at a later time. We are currently waiting for further direction regarding high school requirements from OSPI.
Will this closure impact graduation?
As of now, the date of graduation will remain, June 6th. We will continue to follow Yakima Health District recommendations in regards to the ceremony and will keep families updated.
How will this closure affect graduating seniors?
We have students who are planning for graduation, preparing for AP exams, and worry about how this “pause in curriculum” may impact their learning.
- We are still waiting on updated guidance from OSPI regarding graduation requirements.
- Our district has been in touch with College Board to determine next steps around AP courses and exams.
- Part of our work will be to have teachers discuss their courses to identify essential content and what adjustments need to be made as we move students into the next sequential course.
Please know that our staff is committed to serving students and helping them get the best education possible. When making these decisions, the district and building leadership have worked to consider as many circumstances and factors as possible, and we believe that our approach is reasonable, sustainable, and equitable for all students.
Are we still having spring conferences? What about report cards?
All K-12 teachers will be making contact with families Monday (March 30th) - Wednesday (April 1st) by phone or other technology application to discuss students’ progress. No hard copy report cards will be completed or mailed. This will only be a time to communicate progress and provide resources to help assist families in maintaining previous learning.
When are teachers available remotely for families?
Teachers will be available during normal school hours on workdays, as identified in the updated school calendar. Non-workdays, as identified in the updated academic calendar, have been swapped for make-up days added to the end of the calendar.
Are you offering remote learning during this closure? (Updated Wednesday, March 25th)
Our East Valley teachers will be offering educational support resources for students starting Wednesday, March 25th on their Google Classrooms.
We are committed to doing the best that we can as a district to meet the needs of our students and families during this closure. We know that it may seem like things are changing rapidly in these uncertain times. We want to ensure you that we are following guidance and recommendations from OSPI in the plans that we are making to meet the varied needs of our community. We are communicating these changes with our families and staff as quickly as we can.
With that in mind, on Monday we received updated guidance from OSPI and the US Department of Education that provides us with flexibility in the types of remote learning opportunities and resources we can provide to our students during this closure, without violating any State or Federal rules or regulations. In essence, this guidance allows us to provide more educational support for our students over the next six weeks than we originally thought we were going to be allowed to provide. While we originally thought we wouldn’t be allowed to provide new content for our students, we now know that this is not the case.
As previously communicated, we recognize that not all students have access to technology and that not all students have parents at home during the day to support their learning through this closure. We see this new guidance as an opportunity for our staff to go deeper into the content and standards they’ve already covered to this point. What this will look like will vary by teacher and content area, but we are confident that this new change will allow our educators to provide interventions, instruction and enrichments that will positively impact student learning during these next weeks, and allow us the opportunity to close achievement gaps, rather than widen them.
We will be providing optional and supplemental support for students. These supports will help students do the following things:
- Review material they may have already covered but not yet mastered
- Practice and maintain skills that were already taught that are necessary for learning and proficiency in a particular subject
- Engage in enrichment activities
- Identify an area of interest in a subject to research and explore.
These learning opportunities are supplemental and designed to keep students connected with their teachers, the content, and the skills they need to resume school successfully. They are not meant to replace our core curriculum and instruction.
These will be delivered via Google Classroom, which can be accessed through any web browser. If they haven’t already done so, our staff will be reaching out to you this week to ensure you can access these materials. If you do not have access to a device and/or internet access, our staff will work with you to identify alternate activities students can complete during this time. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
How do I access Google Classroom?
Please watch this short tutorial. If you still have questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
Google Login Credentials for Students:
Username = Student Email
Password = Six-Digit Student ID
Where can I get free wifi during the closure?
Many internet and wireless providers have announced temporary measures that will help families impacted by the school closure. See our list of resources below.
Free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 / college students
All charter Wi-Fi hotspots will now be open for public use
To locate Charter Wi-Fi hotspots, go to https://www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots and put in your zip code
Free public Wi-Fi for 60 days.
Locate Comcast's Xfinity-branded hotspots here.
No late fees and residential / small business customers will not be terminated during the next 60 days.
All data limits will be suspended for the next 60 days.
Open roaming agreement with T-Mobile for the next 60 days for free roaming on each other’s networks.
Customers with a metered data plan are now receiving unlimited data at no additional charge for the next 60 days.
All Sprint customers will receive 20GB per month of hotspot/tethering data at no additional charge for the next 60 days.
Service will NOT be terminated over the next 60 days due to late/no payments.
All activation and upgrade fees will be waived and free next day shipping on all phones, tablets, hotspots, etc.
Open roaming agreement with Sprint for the next 60 days for free roaming on each other’s networks
Customers with a metered data plan are now receiving unlimited data at no additional charge for the next 60 days
All T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers will receive 20GB per month of hotspot/tethering data at no additional charge for the next 60 days
"Lifeline" customers will receive an extra 5 GB of data for the next 60 days
Waiving all late fees / keeping all customers connected that are impacted by covid-19
All public hotspots will be open to everyone.
Can I check-out a Chromebook for my student to use during the closure?
Middle and high schools students were issued Chromebooks at the start of the school year. Our schools are currently closed to staff and the community in an effort to promote social distancing, as advised by our government and health authorities. If students forgot a charger or left their Chromebooks at school, we are not able to go into the building to get those devices/parts for you at this time.
We are not issuing Chromebooks for at home use to our K-5 students. Although we certainly would like to support families with the online learning as much as possible, we chose to place safety of our staff, students, and families as our highest priority by minimizing risks of exposure and transmission during this closure. This is why we chose not to check out Chromebooks and/or distribute and receive packets to our families.
We have asked staff to make contact to families and help identify alternative ways of engaging in learning activities if they do not have access to technology and/or internet. Please reach out to your classroom teacher to identify how to access the digital content or to look for alternative learning activities?