This has been a fall like no other! New routines and schedules look like no previous year. Open communication is vital! If you are having difficulties, please reach out to your teacher. They can be contacted in a variety of ways: email, phone calls and the Remind app. They also have daily office hours. You and your child can get assistance if there is a need for academic, technology or social emotional support. District support is also available Monday-Friday 9:00 to 10:00 and Tuesday and Thursdays 4:30 to 5:30. We are in this together!
This month’s character trait is “Engaged.” Help your child stay engaged in his/her learning by limiting distractions and rewarding them for turning in assignments. Encourage your child to attend office hours for additional support. You can check your child’s classroom to see if there are any missing assignments.
East Valley School District is working with the Yakima County Health Department in developing a Hybrid plan to bring students back to school. Two community forums will be held on Tuesday, October 6th, at 12:00 and 6:00 pm. The forums will be followed up with a family survey October 7th. We are asking all families to complete the survey so accurate information is available when planning for future instruction. Thank you in advance!
Finally, I want to say “Thank you to Everyone”. This is difficult! There are many obstacles for all. Internet, day care, technology, but everyone is doing their very best. Last week, I had the opportunity to substitute two days for a classroom teacher. Engaging students and assessing their learning is a constant challenge. With all of the barriers, we have one major commonality: your child. Let’s continue to work together with grace, perseverance and kindness. If I can be of any support or answer questions, please don’t hesitate to call, 573-7620.
This week our elementary schools are hosting hybrid learning conferences. It is essential that families attend these conferences. Students will not be able to start the first day of hybrid learning on October 26th if their parent/guardian has not yet met with their teacher. If you have not scheduled your hybrid learning conference, please contact your child's teacher or a building administrator.
To accommodate our upcoming shift to the hybrid learning model, we will be providing meals on Wednesdays instead of Tuesdays beginning on Wednesday, October 21st. Moving forward, bulk meal service will continue every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Yakima Health District has issued guidance allowing schools to begin a staggered return to schools. We are excited for the opportunity to bring back our East Valley students sooner than originally expected.
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.