Although we have been looking forward to the return of our high school students, recent recommendations from the Governor and the Yakima Health District have put our plans on hold until further notice.
Official statement from the Yakima Health District:
"At this time, COVID-19 positive case counts in Yakima County are at 1062 cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days. We know that higher levels of community transmission will generally result in higher risk of COVID-19 being introduced into the school environment. Current Washington State Department of Health guidance for safe in-person education “Tools to Prepare for Provision of In-Person Learning among K-12 Students at Public and Private Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic” recommends adding high school students to in-person learning when case rates are below 200/100K/14 days if the schools can demonstrate the ability to limit transmission in the school environment. I want to assure you that we have heard your concerns and are taking them very seriously. It is important to continue with our current recommendations for in-person learning until we get through this current surge. In the meantime, we will be working to create an even more comprehensive safety plan to bring all students back to in-person learning. These are challenging times and we know that in-person learning has a broad range of benefits for our children and we look forward to getting them back in the classrooms as soon as possible."
West Valley High School will continue with remote learning until we are given clearance to start in-person learning. We will have more information on second semester remote learning next week. West Valley School District will communicate any changes as we learn more. Thank you again for your support.