7th and 8th Grade Students to Return to In-Person Learning in November

The West Valley School Board voted last night to bring 7th and 8th grade students back to in-person learning with the 5th and 6th grades on November 16. Parents of 7th and 8th grade students will receive an e-mail today with instructions on how parents can declare—or formally let the school know—if their student will return in person or continue in a modified version of remote learning through the end of the semester. These declarations are due by Friday, October 23.

The School Board had asked for more time to consider whether the Junior High students should return with the Middle School or wait until the semester break and return with the High School. However, the board’s concerns about students falling further behind influenced their final decision. The Junior High administration said they will work with students in remote learning to make sure they receive the instruction they need to complete all their current class requirements. They also adjusted the in-person class schedule to allow teachers time to work directly with students remaining remote. Parents and students will receive more detailed information as these plans progress.

7th and 8th grades will return on the same hybrid schedule as the 5th and 6th grades due to their larger class sizes and the need to accommodate Yakima Health District’s required safety measures. The hybrid schedule is:

  • Group A (Alphabet A-L) attends Monday and Thursday, with Wednesday focused on Special Education, English Learners, and remediation/makeup.
  • Group B (Alphabet M-Z) attends Tuesday and Friday, with Wednesday focused on Special Education, English Learners, and remediation/makeup.
  • Students will continue with online learning on days when they are not scheduled for face-to-face instruction.

Buses will begin on their regular routes when the mid-level students return on November 16.