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Attention East Valley Staff & Families, 


We continue to monitor our situation and are basing our return to hybrid or in-person instruction on the guidance we receive from the Yakima Health District. Based on preliminary discussions about the improvements that we’re seeing in the number of positive COVID cases in our county, we are hopeful that updated guidance will be issued from our local health authorities that allows us to start bringing more students back into our classrooms sooner than originally expected. We are currently working on a revised education plan with the Yakima Health District and plan to release our hybrid implementation model for our staff, parents and families in the next 10-14 days.  This plan will outline the logistics of bringing students back safely so that we are prepared to make a safe and smooth transition for our students, staff and families. We appreciate the patience and understanding that you have continued to show as we navigate this evolving situation.  

We are pleased to share that at our school board meeting last night, Monday, August 17th, our East Valley Board of Directors approved our 2020-2021 Reopening Plan. Please make sure to familiarize yourself with this plan.
We also invite you to join our online community forums tomorrow, Wednesday, August 19th at either 9:00 a.m. or at 6:00 p.m. You can find more information/links for these virtual chats with our superintendent in the links to the right.  

The start of the 2020-21 school year is just a few weeks away! 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.
We plan to release our detailed re-opening plan next Tuesday, August 18th, with more details to follow. Please be on the lookout for this communication. In the meantime, visit our remote learning webpage for the most up-to-date information.
We also invite you to join us for a Virtual Chat with Superintendent Schieche and Assistant Superintendent Hill on August 19th  to learn more about our plan for this virtual start to the 2020-2021 school year. Click here for more information about this virtual chat and links to join us.

Following Governor Inslee’s press conference yesterday, the Yakima County Health District  made their official recommendations for a virtual start for schools in Yakima County. Given the guidelines outlined in the WA State Department of Health’s Decision Tree for Provision of In Person Learning Among K-12 Students at Public and Private Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic document and this strong recommendation from our local health authorities, we would like to confirm that our East Valley Schools will begin 100% virtual with an enhanced distance learning model on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, as indicated in our released communication earlier this week. Read the full communication below.


More details on this virtual start to our 2020-2021 school year will be coming within the next couple of weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we embark on this unique start to the new school year,


John Schieche

Superintendent of East Valley Schools 

Dear East Valley Families,


It has come to our attention that a draft communication outlining our virtual start for fall 2020 (shown below) was leaked in error on our website earlier this afternoon. This draft communication was made based on conversations with the Yakima County Health District. We were planning on waiting for official guidance from the Yakima County Health District to make our announcement about requirements for how to start the 2020-2021 school year in East Valley. We had planned to send the attached letter as an announcement to the community following shortly after the Yakima County Health District’s official announcement.  If guidance from local health authorities changes, we will let you know of any revisions to this plan.


We apologize for this error and hope this hasn’t caused too much confusion.

John Schieche