Health Alerts: COVID-19 Updates

**If you are a first responder/medical personnel that requires day care services during this closure, please download and complete the application below and submit it to our director of special programs, Jeri Young at young.jeri@evsd90.org ***
 

Update: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 8:08PM

 

Dear Families,

 

Welcome back from spring break! We hope you all took last week as a much needed and well-deserved opportunity to unplug and unwind amongst these challenging times.

 

As you are probably already aware, Governor Inslee gave a directive last week that has closed our East Valley Schools for traditional in-person instruction for the rest of this school year. We know that this is disappointing for many of our students and families, as it is for all of us here as well. We also know that it is essential to ensuring the health and safety of our community.

 

While we know that the next couple of months will look very different for our students, staff and families, we are committed to working together to serve our students to the best of our ability through this closure. As we continue to receive guidance from the State, we evaluate our options for providing the highest quality remote learning opportunities and services we can. Based on the most recent guidance, we have drafted answers to some common questions below.

 

 

What does this extended closure mean for remote learning?

 

April 14 – April 24th

As communicated on March 25th, we will continue to provide new content and learning opportunities that enhance previously taught skills through April 24th. We will be providing these optional and supplemental support for students using Google Classrooms. 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 next year. They are not meant to replace our core curriculum and instruction.

 

April 27th – June 19th

Beginning April 27th, our teachers will begin providing new content instruction, focusing on getting all students to mastery of essential standards. Essential standards are those that each grade level has deemed essential for success in the following grade level. Students will be expected to complete and submit items that are assigned. Teachers will continue to provide this instruction using their Google Classrooms. In grades K-1, some teachers may be providing supplemental packets to support skills that our youngest learners cannot do online. Please be on the lookout for more information from your students’ teachers and schools.

 

We want to stress that this is our plan as of today, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. However, because things are constantly changing, this may change as well, based on new/updated information and guidance from OSPI.  We will do our best to limit these changes and communicate updates as they become available.  We appreciate your flexibility and patience.

 

Will the assignments given after April 27th be graded?

 

Students will be expected to complete and submit items that are assigned by their teachers after April 27th. Active engagement in these assignments is critical to preparing students for success in their next grade level.

 

In grades K-8, feedback will be given to help improvement in mastering essential standards. Grading for these assignments will be pass/no credit, with passing grades being assigned to students who are participating in learning, satisfactory to the teacher.

 

In grades 9-12, No final determination for credit bearing grades has occurred.  We are waiting for additional guidance from OSPI regarding this, to ensure consistency across the State.  At this time, you students are expected to engage in the online learning and feedback will be provided to students based on what they submit. 

 

 

Students must be ACTIVELY ENGAGED in these remote learning opportunities in order to receive a passing grade. We know that many parents are working from home and are not able give a full school schedule to support their student’s learning from home each day. This situation is hard for everyone. Please know that we understand that you are doing your very best and that we do not expect this of you. We encourage families to reach out to their child’s teacher for support.

 

How can my kids access this content if we don’t have a device or internet?

 

If you are having trouble accessing content online, please contact your child’s teacher. Teachers will be able to help provide support in resolving these issues for you.

 

How will this closure impact seniors?

 

Although graduation may look very differently this year, we are committed to  helping our seniors graduate and, to celebrating these last 13 years of their hard work in our schools. We will be sending information to families with current 12th grade students very soon with information specific to graduation.

 

 

Will you continue to offer free meals to East Valley kids?

 

Yes, we are currently offering free meals for all children ages 1-18, regardless of family income.  To further reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 through person to person contact, as well as transportation burdens on families, we are now operating bulk meal distributions. Bulk meals consist of 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for each child. These bulk meal distributions will be offered as a “Grab and Go” service from Terrace Heights Elementary and Moxee Elementary on Tuesdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children must be present to receive meals.

If you do not have transportation to pick-up meals for your child(ren), please contact our Food Services Department at (509) 573-7435

 

How can I get my student’s personal belongings?

 

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be looking at how to accomplish end-of-year tasks like locker cleanouts so that students can collect personal belongings. Please be on the look-out with more specific information from your child’s school.

 

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our schools. As our buildings are currently closed, we ask that you leave a voicemail. Someone will contact you as quickly as possible.

 

Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times. We miss seeing our students and staff in our hallways and look forward to their return in the fall.

 

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Update: Monday, April 6, 2020 @ 4:12PM

 

East Valley Students, Staff & Families,

 

As many of you are probably already aware, today Governor Inslee gave a directive that will close our schools for traditional in-person instruction for the remainder of this school year. We know that this situation has created hardships for many families in our community and disruptions in the routines for students and staff system-wide. This is a tough day for everyone who works in, or is associated with, education in Washington. Schools are a place not only for learning, but they are a place where people connect with one another, form strong relationships, celebrate successes, build resiliency and ultimately shape the foundation for our future. 

 

We are in uncharted territory for our schools right now; please be assured that we will continue to serve our students, staff and community to the best of our abilities through this closure. I know that many of you, especially our seniors, are experiencing a tremendous sense of loss right now. I feel it too and empathize with you. Although graduation may look very differently this year, we will work hard with you to  help you meet the requirements of graduation.

 

We will resume remote learning after spring break on Tuesday, April 14th.  We are currently looking at what this extended closure of our schools will look like for our students and staff. In the coming weeks, as we get more guidance from the State, we will continue to evaluate our plans. We will keep you updated as we have more information available.

 

We will get through these difficult times together.

Stay home. Stay Healthy,

John Schieche

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Update: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 10:30AM 

We are currently 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 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.

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Update: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 @ 9:20AM 
 

As communicated last week, our East Valley teachers will be offering educational support resources for students starting today, Wednesday, March 25th  on their Google Classrooms.

 

What will this remote learning look like?

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?

Click here to watch a short tutorial of how to access Google Classroom. 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

 

 

Click to read our COVID Closure Questions & Answers Fact Sheet  if you missed it in our communications last week.

 

Thank you again for your patience during these trying times. We desire to serve our students and staff to the best of our capacity. We are grateful for our amazing EVSD Team and community as we continue to work through the complexities of our current situation.

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Update: Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 4:00PM 
 

Earlier this morning, the Yakima Health District issued a stay at home order, with the exception of essential services, for Yakima County. The safety of our students, staff and community is our highest priority.

 

We will continue to offer meals for our East Valley kids that are in need. However, in an effort to limit the number of contacts our staff make each day and, to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our community, we will be reducing the number of Grab n’ Go stations we will offer. Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th, we will only be serving meals at Terrace Heights Elementary and Moxee Elementary.

 

We understand that this closure is causing hardships and inconveniences for many of our families. We are doing our best to support our community during this time, by ensuring the safety of our staff, students and family members.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this rapidly evolving situation.

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Update: Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 11:20AM

Student safety is our highest priority. Earlier this morning, the Yakima Health District issued a stay at home order, with the exception of essential services, for Yakima County, to limit the impact of COVID-19 in our community. At this time, we plan to discontinue the use of playground equipment and sport courts on our campuses, as they are not essential services.

 

While we understand the desire to get outside with kids to enjoy this nice spring weather, we are also noticing large groups of children and adults congregating on our campuses around playgrounds and sports courts. Children meeting outside, in larger groups, are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control indicates that the novel coronavirus can live for up to 72 hours on plastic surfaces.

 

We understand that this closure is causing hardships and inconveniences for many of our families. We are doing our best to support our community during this time, by ensuring the safety of our staff, students and family members.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Update: Friday, March 20, 2020 
 
The safety of our students, staff and community is of the utmost importance to us. During this school closure, please remember to practice social distancing, as advised by our governor and local, state and national health specialists.
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Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 2:15PM
 
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? 

Yes, we are offering free meals for all children ages 1-18, regardless of family income.  Meals will be served on weekdays from March 19th through April 24th. However, no meals will be served during the scheduled Spring Break of April 6th through April 10th.  This will be offered as a “Grab and Go” service from three distribution locations:  

  • Terrace Heights Elementary
  • Moxee Elementary 
  • East Valley Central Middle School

A lunch for the current day and a breakfast for the following day will be provided at each location between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm (Monday through Friday).   Children must be present to receive a meal.

If you do not have transportation to pick-up meals for your child(ren), please contact our Food Services Department at (509) 573-7435.  We will be working over the next few days to determine the need and possible options for delivery. 

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.  

Please review our updated academic calendar


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? 

As a district, we value every minute of instructional time we have with your kids and wish we could continue to provide all of them with remote learning throughout this extended closure. However, the reality is that we cannot continue to deliver educational curriculum in the way that many of you may have been anticipating. There are specific requirements issued by OSPI that districts must be able to guarantee if they are to provide instruction, even remotely, during a time of extended closure. If we cannot satisfy those requirements, we cannot continue moving forward through our curriculum. We are not alone in this struggle. Most districts across the state are also facing these same issues and finding it difficult to meet the mandates of distance learning. We are all trying to figure it out together, and we have a great collaboration across districts happening as we talk about these unprecedented times and how to best navigate them.

We are still working hard to determine whether or not we can overcome some of those roadblocks. However, for now, during this time of extended closure, teachers will not be teaching any new content. We are essentially “pressing pause” on the curriculum where we left off on Friday, March 13th. with a plan to resume from that point when school is back in session. 

We will be providing optional and supplemental support for students and families. 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 area to research and explore.

Given our current restrictions, these learning activities are not required, nor will they be graded.

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.  This approach is in line with OSPI’s guidelines and recommendations, it is aligned with what many districts are doing, and this will be the practice at all of our schools in the East Valley School District. 

As soon as Monday, March 23rd, but no later than Wednesday, March 25th,  our teachers will begin pushing out access to online educational resources for students to access during our closure.  These will be delivered via Google Classroom, which can be accessed through any web browser. Our staff will be reaching out to you during next 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 teacher or school building so that we can ensure we are supporting you and your student.


How do I access Google Classroom?

Please watch this short tutorial. If you still have questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uFBoYMjS9vrWSDwq6djRKKIwIReN5vnG/view?fbclid=IwAR30KBO9H7h8I-biP8qEXioFr9vZ1l_2fMx9rFV3JAbereAGgkqQQ1wseRQ

 

Google Login Credentials for Students:

Username = Student Email

Password = Six-Digit Student ID


Thank you again for your patience during these trying times. We desire to serve our students and staff to the best of our capacity during these school closures. We are grateful for our amazing EVSD team and community as we continue to work through the complexities of our current situation with success.

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Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 12:30PM 

We will be offering free meals for all children ages 1-18, regardless of family income.  Meals will be served on weekdays from March 19th through April 24th. However, no meals will be served during the scheduled Spring Break of April 6th through April 10th.  This will be offered as a “Grab and Go” service from three distribution locations:  

  • Terrace Heights Elementary
  • Moxee Elementary 
  • East Valley Central Middle School

 

A lunch for the current day and a breakfast for the following day will be provided at each location between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm (Monday through Friday).   Children must be present to receive a meal.

If you do not have transportation to pick-up meals for your child(ren), please contact our Food Services Department at (509) 573-7345.  We will be working over the next few days to determine the need and possible options for delivery. 

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Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 2:20PM
 

Following Governor Inslee’s advisements, our East Valley Schools are currently closed until April 24th.  Student and staff safety is our most important priority right now. All district facilities are currently closed to students and community members. This will be extended to staff as of 4:00 p.m. this Thursday, March 19th . If you need to pick up any of your child’s essential personal belongings or medications, please contact your child’s school to make arrangements to pick these up prior to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.

We understand that extended school closure will create hardship for many families. Contemplating weeks without the structure and care our schools provide each day may seem overwhelming. Please know that we are doing our very best to make decisions that will help care for all of us through these unprecedented times.

At this point we don’t have plans to offer meals this week. We need additional time to determine how to safely distribute meals to limit the risk of exposure to both those that would be distributing the food and to those who would be receiving it. 

 

We are committed to ensuring that our students are engaged in equitable educational support materials throughout this closure. We understand that not all students have access to internet and that not all will have parents at home to support their learning during the day. Teachers will be providing online educational resources to help support learning that has already occurred in the school year. Teachers will not be providing new content until classes resume on April 27, 2020. More information about the educational resources that will be provided will be coming from your child’s teacher next week.

 

We strongly encourage our families and staff to engage in the recommended social distancing and good hygiene practices as outlined by Governor Inslee and the CDC.

  • Limit gatherings (both in and outside of the home) to less than 10 attendees.
  • If you, or anyone in your home is sick, stay home.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces.

 

In these uncertain times, the dynamics of the situation and the information we are receiving, is rapidly changing. We will be sending frequent updates with information and resources via email, text messages, and our district website and Facebook page.

We are so grateful for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. We will get through this challenge together.

John Schieche 

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Update: Sunday, March 16, 2020 @ 8:40PM
Due to the continued threat and spread of the highly contagious novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the East Valley School District will be closed tomorrow, Monday, March 16th through April 24th.   All staff should report to work as scheduled.
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Update: Sunday, March 15, 2020 @ 12:00PM

Dear East Valley School District, 

 

The past couple of weeks have been stressful for many in our community, as we have faced an unprecedented public health crisis with the spread of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. I am grateful to our dedicated staff and supportive families for navigating this situation with our school district. 

 

We have kept our schools open as long as possible as recommended by state and local public health authorities and followed their guidance in our approach to responding to the national health crisis. However, Governor Jay Inslee has now ordered the closure of all Washington State Schools. 

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, all schools in the East Valley School District will be closed. At this time, the closure will extend through at least Friday, April 24. During this time, all district facilities will be closed to students, families and the community. This includes the cancellation of all District activities, sporting practices and events. 

 

I understand that this closure will create challenges for many families as our schools play an important role, not only in the quality education of our students, but also by providing supports, services, socialization and consistency. Our goal is to continue supporting our families during this time, to the best of our ability, and I appreciate your patience as we work together to keep our students, staff, and patrons healthy and safe. 

 

In this challenging time, I am proud of the actions I have already witnessed by our District staff, families, and community. While our classrooms are empty, our work on behalf of students continues. With this, we are working to reduce the impact to students and families as much as possible and will be finalizing plans over the next week on such items as food services, family supports, academics, and ensuring our 12th-grade students complete graduation requirements. 

 

As we finalize and prepare to implement these plans, usual communication channels will be used to communicate details about these services. Also, our specific COVID-19 website page at:  https://www.evsd90.org/apps/pages/healthalerts will remain active. Please regularly check this site for the most current information. This closure will affect every aspect of our District and community. However, the East Valley community always rises to support each other. Further, while schools are closed to students, district business operations will continue. If families need assistance, they can reach the District Office by phone or email. Please do not hesitate to contact us, as we are here to help during these extraordinary times. 

 

Additionally, I strongly urge families to follow the ongoing guidance from the medical and health communities by practicing social distancing and taking other precautions in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Also, during the closure, maintenance and custodial staff will be working to clean and sanitize all District facilities. 

 

In closing, I want to thank East Valley School District families, staff, and patrons for their continued partnership and support as we work to navigate these current times. We will get through this.

Respectfully, 

 

 

John Schieche

East Valley School District Superintendent

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Update: Friday, March 13, 2020
 
We are pleased to share that the East Valley student who was tested for COVID-19 has received a negative test result. At this time, we still have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our East Valley schools. 
 

Following Governor Jay Inslee’s press conference this afternoon regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus, all Washington State School Districts will be closed beginning next Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

 

In the East Valley School District, classes will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020.  We encourage student attendance on this day.  However, if students display any coronavirus symptoms such as a fever or cough, please keep them at home.  Also, on Monday, March 16, parents and students will be able to retrieve medication and other essential personal items that they need to have with them while schools are closed.

 

Beginning Tuesday, March 17, there will be NO SCHOOL in the East Valley School District.  At this time, the closure will extend through Friday, April 24, 2020.  During this time, all district facilities will be closed to students, families and the community.  Updates on what services will continue will be made available through our usual communication channels.

 

We appreciate your support and will update families with more information as it becomes available.  Please continue to follow your social media platforms, and regularly check our website for important updates.

 

John Schieche

Superintendent of East Valley Schools

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Update: Thursday, March 12, 2020

 

Today’s press conference from Governor Jay Inslee has led to an additional number of school districts and higher institutions that have closed in Washington State due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. 

 

As this situation continues to alter lives, additional proactive measures will need to be taken to prevent the spread as much as possible.

 

Please be informed that we have a staff member and three children currently at home under doctor’s orders. One of the children was tested for COVID-19 and is currently waiting for the results. We continue to work with the Yakima Health District to reduce the impact of the novel coronavirus in our schools and community.

 

At this time, after careful consideration and counsel, we will take the following proactive measures to protect students, employees, and the community effective today, March 12, 2020:

 

  • Suspend weekend and after-hours indoor facility use for large group events, activities, sporting events and tournaments that bring in guests from outside Yakima County until further notice.
  • Limit travel for school related events by examining the following determining factors. Determining factors will include the importance of the location, importance of the activity, potential exposure, preparedness of the facility where the event is scheduled and any other factor not yet determined.
  • Parents are allowed to drop off and pick up students at the main door, and meet with school staff by appointment.  
  • Limit after school gatherings in our own district among staff, students and parents.  This could include family nights, contests, dances, etc.

 

The Washington Department of Health issued new guidance to schools about fevers and the amount of time students should stay at home:

 

“If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, you should stay home, away from others, until 72 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms get better.”

 

If your child has a fever, please plan on keeping them at home until 72 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms are better.

 

I have been in continuous contact with nearby school district superintendents, several who are putting similar measures in place.  The Yakima County Health Department is also in support of these measures. Please realize that additional decisions will occur as the COVID-19 situation evolves, and that additional actions could happen at any time. We encourage families to contact their children school(s) for information about specific events.

  

I appreciate your flexibility, patience, and understanding. We care deeply about all students, families, and staff and will continue to share information and decisions as promptly as possible.

 

John Schieche

East Valley School District

 

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Update: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
 
To date, 16 public schools, three school districts, and 24 private schools and higher institutions have closed in Washington State. As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to alter lives, primarily west of the Cascades, it can be easy to believe that we are immune to a virus that has yet to yield a confirmed case in Yakima County. Nevertheless, unsettling times call for preparation and proactivity.
 
At this time, after careful consideration and counsel, we will take the following proactive measures to protect students, employees, and the community effective March 13th.
  • Limit non-essential employee travel outside of Yakima County
  • Suspend facility use for large group events, activities, and tournaments that bring in participants from outside Yakima County.
I have conferred with nearby school district Superintendents, several who are putting similar measures in place. The Yakima County Health Department shared that they are in support of these measures.
 
Please realize that additional decisions will occur as the COVID-19 situation evolves. I appreciate your flexibility , patience, and understanding. We care deeply about all students, families, and staff and will continue to share information and decisions as promptly as possible.
 
John Schieche
Superintendent of East Valley Schools
 
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Update: Monday, March 9, 2020
 
Over the weekend, the Yakima Herald reported about the possible exposure of individuals to COVID-19 at the Moxee Square Dance Club. We are continuing to work closely with the Yakima Health District for recommendations related to COVID-19. As of today, their recommendations for our district are the same as last week:
  1.  Monitor symptoms... Especially if you visited the Moxee Square Dance Club between February 22nd and March 8th.
  2. If your kids are sick, keep them home!
  3. Maintain good hygiene practices. (Wash hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with warm, soapy water, avoid touching your mouth and eyes and cover your cough.)
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Update: Thursday, March 5, 2020
 
With all of the media attention recently about the novel coronavirus, kids are likely hearing about the illness and may be feeling a bit of anxiety over the topic. Here's an article about how to talk to kids about the coronavirus in age-appropriate ways (with links to comics, videos, etc.)
 
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Dear Staff & Families,

We understand that many of our families have concerns about the coronavirus and are interested in knowing what we are doing to prevent the spread of the virus in our East Valley schools. We continue to work closely with the Washington State Department of Health to monitor the spread of the coronavirus in our local area.

East Valley custodial staff continue to use universal precautions in the daily cleaning of our schools, which includes:  

  • Use of disinfectants on a daily basis.
  • Using the proper concentration of disinfectant
  • Allowing the required wet contact time 

Preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus is the same as preventing the spread of a cold, influenza, and other respiratory viruses.

Staff, students and families are reminded of the following precautions to take to reduce the spread of viruses:

  • Stay home when you are sick. Review our guide, How Sick Is Too Sick for School? 
  • Wash hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
  • Get a flu shot during the flu season.

The Washington State Department of Health has established a hotline with a live person to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call the WSDOH hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press # then press 2. You will be connected to a live person. This hotline is open from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm.

For more information and resources, please go online to https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

We will continue to share information about this emerging public health issue with staff and with our community, (facts/resources are on all school and district websites). We are in communication with local public health officials to stay abreast of any changes or developments in this area and are committed to sharing these updates, as needed. 

Out of an abundance of caution, we are creating contingency plans should the situation in this state dramatically change. We will, of course, keep you informed about any developments.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH'S CORONAVIRUS FACT SHEET

VISIT THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC) WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

Practice Good Hygiene
 
Please remind your children of the importance of following good hygiene practices that prevent the spread of communicable diseases: 
 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use alcohol hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Monitor symptoms
  • Stay home when you are sick. See our guidelines for when to stay home.
MORE INFORMATION:
 
This is an evolving situation. Stay up to date by consulting the following webpages.