COVID-19 Response Updates and School Closure Information

SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION

Supporting Your Child
During times of heightened stress, students’ health and wellbeing are paramount, and we hope that your families have been able to find comfort and calm in one another. To help cope with feelings of loss and anxiety, accepting your child’s feelings around this pandemic, assuring them that adults are mobilizing to take care of each other, and keeping a routine can be very helpful. Learn more about how to help you and your children cope, here.


School Board Study Session / Regular Meeting
May 26, 2020 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
  • West Valley School District will be closed from March 16 through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Meal service will be provided for all children 18 years and younger.  See full service schedule HERE.
  • Stay Connected. Updates will be sent via SKYWARD messaging and posted to our website.
  • Free Wi-Fi During School Closure. See resources HERE.
  • Educational Resources and Webinars for Parents HERE.
  • Chromebook Repair HERE.
 
 

LATEST MESSAGE TO FAMILIES

WVSD Staff, Parents/Guardians/WV Community                                        April 20, 2020            

 

I would like to review the following changes that are in effect starting now, through the end of the shutdown, which is for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. I want parents and community members to know that some of these deal more with West Valley staff members. We have deployed 110 Wi-Fi “hotspot” connections for families with students in grades 5-12. The next set of “hotspots” will be issued to families with students in grades K-4.  Many Internet providers are providing free Internet access to families with school-age children during the school closure.  Here is the link: https://www.wvsd208.org/apps/pages/free_wifi

 

Zoom meetings for parents are being hosted by Chris Nesmith in English and Minerva Pardo in Spanish.  Link -https://wvsd208.edlioschool.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1223608&type=d&pREC_ID=1889251

 

West Valley High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

  • Grades will continue to be our normal letter grades as dictated by your teacher’s grade book. At the end of the semester, you will have an option to change a passing letter grade into a Pass (P) on your transcript. 
  • We will continue to provide learning and feedback in order for you to improve your skills.  Please remember that all of our classes build on each other and it is extremely important to learn the rest of this semester’s content in order to be successful in the coming school years. 
  • We are currently working on HS Graduation and identifying students who are on track for graduation, and those who were not on track for graduation, and providing the maximum opportunity for those not on track to have opportunities to meet graduation requirements. We are still working on what graduation will look like for the Class of 2020.
 
West Valley ML Campus Teachers and All West Valley Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-8)
  • Junior High Jump Start teachers who teach HS credit courses will provide learning opportunities and will assign grades as normal letter grades as dictated by the teacher’s gradebook. At the end of the semester, you will have the option to change a passing letter grade into a Pass (P) on your transcript.
  • Other work provided to students will not be graded, and we are evaluating how to exchange work packets between school and families.
  • Special Education services will continue to be delivered to individual students based on the delivery method that works best to meet the needs of the student and family through the teacher(s). 
  • Grades K-1 will continue to have families use the agreed upon packets we copied and distributed. Due to the extension of the Shutdown, through the remainder of the school year, we can get more copied material to the Copy Center. We will follow-up with how we will transfer copies.
  • All student in Grades K-8 have access to iReady Math and iReady Reading.  All students in Grades K-12 have access to Rosetta Stone to learn a World Language of their choice during the school closure.  Rosetta Stone is a supplementary program for students needing additional instruction or a desire to improve language skills in a second language.
  • BDOT hours can still be submitted for your PLC work outside of your workday and may be used for lesson development over Spring Break if desired. 

 

 

We will make the best of this situation – I promise you - Mike Brophy, Superintendent

 

West Valley School Board Meeting
 
May 12, 2020 07:00 PM
 
 
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West Valley School Board Zoom Meeting
 Apr 28, 2020 7:00 PM 
 
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UPDATE: 4/6/2020

April 6, 2020

WVSD Staff, Parents/Guardians/WV Community (Changes from last letter in blue)

 

I would like to review the following changes that are in effect starting now, through the end of the Shutdown, which has now been extended through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. I want parents and community members to know that some of these deal more with West Valley staff members. We are working to secure Wi-Fi connections for families that need them, and are frustrated that our current order is on backorder until sometime in May. To assist with connectivity, our District website has a list of free internet available in the area. For the time being, you can access the internet in any school parking lot, no password required.

 

West Valley High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

 

  • High School teachers who teach courses that require a grade (Dual Credit) will assign a grade.
  • Any teacher teaching High School level courses will provide at least weekly learning opportunities.
  • One weekly communication at a minimum with students will occur.
  • We are currently working on HS Graduation and identifying students who are on track for graduation, and those who were not on track for graduation, and providing the maximum opportunity for those not on track to have opportunities to meet graduation requirements. Issue regarding graduation are in progress.

 

West Valley ML Campus Teachers and All West Valley Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-8)

 

    • Junior High Jump Start teachers who teach HS credit courses will provide learning opportunities and will assign a Pass/No Credit grade.
    • Work provided to students will not be graded, and we are evaluating how to exchange work packets between school and families.
    • Special Education services will continue to be delivered to individual students based on the delivery method that works best to meet the needs of the student and family through the teacher(s). 
    • Grades K-1 will continue to have families use the agreed upon packets we copied and distributed. Due to the extension of the Shutdown, through the remainder of the school year, we can get more copied material to the Copy Center. We will follow-up with how we will transfer copies. K-1 students will access iReady and/or Imagine Learning. 
    • Parent Conferences have been replaced by weekly communication between teachers and parents (i.e. phone, Remind, e-mail, Zoom, etc.)
    • Grades 2-4 will use agreed upon packets and online learning resources that work best for you and your students (Google Classroom, iReady, Imagine Learning, Zoom, SeeSaw, Flipgrid, etc.)
    • Weekly PLCs are required and can be held remotely using the communication platform that works best for your team.  Your principal will either participate or communicate with one team member weekly to stay informed. We will be updating our Administrative Team on protocols to follow throughout the extended Shutdown through the remainder of the school year.  
    • Spring Break is being honored April 6-10. 
    • BDOT hours can still be submitted for your PLC work outside of your workday and also may be used for lesson development over Spring Break if desired. 

 

I am saddened with the loss of our traditional school year, as I know our staff is. We were looking forward to seeing our students, and engaging with our families. We will make the best of this situation – I promise you –

Mike Brophy, Superintendent

 

 

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING via ZOOM
4/14/2020 7PM
 
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Time: Apr 14, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
 
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UPDATE:4/3/2020

April 3, 2020

WVSD Staff, Parents/Guardians/WV Community (Changes from last letter in red)

 

Thank You for the outstanding communication that has led to being able to serve you during this challenging time. I would like to review the following changes that are in effect starting now, through the end of the Shutdown, which has now been extended through Monday, May 4th. I want parents and community members to know that some of these deal more with West Valley staff members. We are working to secure Wi-Fi connections for families that need them, and are frustrated that our current order is on backorder. To assist with connectivity, our District website has a list of free internet available in the area. For the time being, you can access the internet in any school parking lot, no password required.

 

West Valley High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

  • High School teachers who teach courses that require a grade (Dual Credit) will assign a grade.
  • Any teacher teaching High School level courses will provide at least weekly learning opportunities.
  • One weekly communication at a minimum with students will occur.

 

West Valley ML Campus Teachers and All West Valley Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-8)

  • Junior High Jump Start teachers who teach HS credit courses will provide learning opportunities and will assign a Pass/No Credit grade.
  • Work provided to students will not be graded, and there will be no dropping off schoolwork during the closure and no collection of work after the closure.
  • Special Education services will continue to be delivered to individual students based on the delivery method that works best to meet the needs of the student and family through the teacher(s). 
  • Grades K-1 will continue to have families use the agreed upon packets we copied and distributed. Due to the extension of the Shutdown, we can get more copied material to the Copy Center. We will follow-up with how we will transfer copies. K-1 students will access iReady and/or Imagine Learning. 
  • Parent Conferences will be replaced by the weekly communication with students.  Progress reports will be provided, and the expectation is to make weekly contact with each student using the platform that works best for you and your families (i.e. phone, Remind, e-mail, Zoom, etc.)
  • Grades 2-4 will use agreed upon packets and online learning resources that work best for you and your students (Google Classroom, iReady, Imagine Learning, Zoom, SeeSaw, Flipgrid, etc.)
  • Subject Matter and Grade Level Teams at each building should be consistent with expectations and content.  Weekly PLCs are required and can be held remotely using the communication platform that works best for your team.  Your principal will either participate or communicate with one team member weekly to stay informed. We will be updating our Administrative Team on protocols to follow throughout the extended Shutdown.
  • Spring Break will be honored April 6-10. 
  • BDOT hours can still be submitted for your PLC work outside of your workday and also may be used for lesson development over Spring Break if desired. 

 

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.
Mike Brophy, Superintendent 

 

UPDATE: 3/27/2020

March 27, 2020

WVSD Staff, Parents/Guardians/WV Community:

I would like to take a moment to Thank You for the outstanding notes and communication that has led to being able to best serve all of you during this challenging time. As I have mentioned, this is a very fluid situation that is changing what seems on a daily basis. For this reason, I would like to review the following changes that are in effect starting now, through the end of the Shutdown, pending any updates. I do want parents and community members to know that some of these deal more with West Valley staff members. We are working to secure Wi-Fi connections for families that need them, and have a list of free internet available in the area on our website. For the time being, you can access the internet in any school parking lot, no password required.

West Valley High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

  • High School teachers who teach courses that require a grade (Dual Credit) will assign a grade.
  • Any teacher teaching High School level courses will provide at least weekly learning opportunities.
  • One weekly communication at a minimum with students will occur.

 

West Valley ML Campus Teachers and All Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-8)

  • Junior High Jump Start teachers who teach HS credit courses will provide learning opportunities and will assign a Pass/No Credit grade.
  • Work provided to students will not be graded, and there will be no dropping off of school work during the closure and no collection of work after the closure.
  • Special Education services will continue to be delivered to individual students based on the delivery method that works best to meet the needs of the student and family through the teacher(s). 
  • Grades K-1 will continue to have families use the agreed upon packets we copied and distributed. Furthermore, K-1 students will access iReady and/or Imagine Learning. 
  • Parent Conferences will be replaced by the weekly communication with students.  Progress reports will be provided, and the expectation is to make weekly contact with each student using the platform that works best for you and your families (i.e. phone, Remind, e-mail, Zoom, etc.)
  • Grades 2-4 will use agreed upon packets and online learning resources that work best for you and your students (Google Classroom, iReady, Imagine Learning, Zoom, SeeSaw, Flipgrid, etc.)
  • Subject Matter and Grade Level Teams at each building should be consistent with expectations and content.  Weekly PLCs are required and can be held remotely using the communication platform that works best for your team.  Your principal will either participate or communicate with one team member weekly to stay informed. 
  • We will still have Spring Break April 6-10. 
  • BDOT hours can still be submitted for your PLC work outside of your work day and also may be used for lesson development over Spring Break if desired. 

 

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.

Mike Brophy, Superintendent

 

Special School Board Meeting via Zoom

What: Special School Board Meeting via Zoom
When: 3/30/2020, 7:30 AM – 7:45 AM
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UPDATE: 3/20/2020

March 20, 2020

WVSD Staff, Parents, and Community:

I would like to take a moment to Thank You for the outstanding notes and communication that has led to being able to best serve all of you during this challenging time. As I have mentioned, this is a very fluid situation that is changing what seems on a daily basis. For this reason, I would like to review the following changes that are in effect starting now, through the end of the Shutdown, pending any updates. I do want parents and community members to know that some of these deal more with West Valley staff members.

West Valley High School Teachers (Grades 9-12)

  • High School teachers who teach courses that require a grade (Dual Credit) will assign a grade.
  • Any teacher teaching High School level courses will provide new learning opportunities and these courses will be graded Pass/Fail (P/F).
  • All other teachers may provide new learning opportunities for students.

 

West Valley ML Campus Teachers and All West Valley Elementary School Teachers (Grades K-8)

  • Junior High Jump Start teachers who teach HS credit courses will provide new learning opportunities and will assign a Pass/Fail grade.
  • Work provided to students will not be graded, and there will be no dropping off of school work during the closure and no collection of work after the closure.  
  • Grades K-1 will continue to have families use the agreed upon packets we copied and distributed. Furthermore, K-1 students will access iReady and/or Imagine Learning. 
  • Parent Conferences will be replaced by the weekly communication with students.  Progress reports were provided, and the expectation is to make weekly contact with each student using the platform that works best for you and your families (i.e. phone, Remind, e-mail, Zoom, etc.)
  • New learning will come in the form of iReady and Imagine learning.  Students should work independently on these platforms.
  • Grades 2-4 will use agreed upon packets and online learning resources that work best for you and your students (Google Classroom, iReady, Imagine Learning, Zoom, SeeSaw, Flipgrid, etc.)
  • Subject Matter and Grade Level Teams at each building should be consistent with expectations and content.  Weekly PLCs are required and can be held remotely using the communication platform that works best for your team.  Your principal will either participate or communicate with one team member weekly to stay informed. 
  • We will still have Spring Break April 6-10. 
  • BDOT hours can still be submitted for your PLC work outside of your work day and also may be used for lesson development over Spring Break if desired. 

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.

Mike Brophy, Superintendent

UPDATE:3/19/2020

March 19, 2020

WVSD Staff, Parents, and Community:

I would like to take a moment to Thank You All for the outstanding notes and communication that has led to our being able to best serve all of you during this challenging time.

At this time, after careful consideration and counsel, we are planning to deliver educational services to our students to the greatest degree reasonably possible. Options include online learning, teacher-prepared packets for children who do not have online access, and partnering with families to assist them to provide specially designed instruction. We will be spending the next week to prepare for this new emphasis and will resume the semester on Monday, March 30th.

  • Teachers will be providing assignments, which will go with an expectation for completion by students.
  • Teachers will be entering this work into their gradebook for academic grading for the semester grade.
  • Work may be “turned in” electronically for some teachers and assignments. For hard copy work, students will bring assignments to their school office.
  • Spring conferences will not be held face-to-face. Elementary teachers will contact parents during the regular conference week time frame. Middle level students will conduct student-led conferences at home. Middle level teachers will contact parents as needed.
 

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.

 
Michael Brophy, EdD
SuperintendentWest
Valley School District
 
 

UPDATE: 3/13/2020 4pm

West Valley Parents/Community – Based on the recently completed press conference from Governor Inslee, all schools in Washington State have been ordered to close from Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, April 24th.

  • We are providing learning activities and educational resources in order for students to maintain academic skills.  These learning activities will not be entered into the gradebook.
  • Child Nutrition Services will be available to all, ages 0-18, for no charge. Additional information/direction will be provided by our Child Nutrition Department.
  • Parents are urged to come to school on Monday before schools are closed, to pick up student medications and other items that might be needed during the six-week closure.
  • The campuses will be closed to student and community activities starting on Tuesday.
  • There will be no athletic practices or games during this closure.

 

Thank you again for being so understanding throughout this unique period of time. We will continue to provide information as we receive additional direction.

UPDATE: 3/13/2020 

ALL SCHOOLS TO CLOSE

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, MARCH 17
All West Valley schools will close to students, effective Tuesday, March 17 until at least April 24.

UPDATE: 3/13/2020

March 13, 2020

12:00PM

WVSD Staff, Parents, and Community:

 

To date, all or some of the public schools in 20 districts, and 29 private schools and higher institutions have closed in Washington State.  Recently, the Governor closed all schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish. Governors in Maryland, Kentucky, and Ohio have closed all schools in their state for an extended period of time. We continue to stay in continued contact with all resources that will allow us to have the latest information. As the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to alter lives, primarily west of the Cascades, yesterday, the Yakima Health District made a “Declaration of Public Health Emergency.” We still have two confirmed cases in Yakima County, with of course the potential for more as tests are given to people with symptoms. These 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.

-   We are limiting all after-school, evening, and weekend events to no more than 100 attendees, down from the prior recommendation of 250 from the Governor regarding large scale events in Western Washington.

-       At this time, no outside volunteers or visitors will be allowed at school. Parents are allowed to drop off and pick up, check in and check out students. 

-    Spring conferences will not be held face-to-face. Progress reports will come home with students. Elementary teachers will contact parents during the regular conference week time frame. Middle level students will conduct student-led conferences at home. Middle level teachers will contact parents as needed.

-       In continued response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, all athletic competitions are canceled until further notice (effective immediately).  Outdoor student athletic practices will continue; however, parents should not attend these practices.

-        The District is currently preparing to offer remote instructional opportunities for students if schools close.

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.

 

 

Michael Brophy, EdD

Superintendent

West Valley School District

UPDATE: 3/12/2020

WVSD Staff, Parents, and Community:

To date, all or some of the public schools in 20 districts, and 29 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, we now have two confirmed cases in Yakima County. These 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.
  • We are limiting all after-school, evening, and weekend events to no more than 250 attendees, similar to the notice from the Governor regarding large scale events in Western Washington.
  • At this time, no outside volunteers or visitors will be allowed at school. Parents are allowed to drop off and pick up, check in and check out students.
  • Spring conferences will not be held face-to-face. Progress reports will come home with students. Elementary teachers will contact parents during the regular conference week time frame. Middle level students will conduct student-led conferences at home. Middle level teachers will contact parents as needed.
  • The District is currently preparing to offer remote instructional opportunities for students if schools close. 

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.

Michael Brophy, EdD

Superintendent

West Valley School District

 

UPDATE: 3/10/2020

 

WVSD Staff, Parents, and Community:

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.

 

Michael Brophy, EdD

Superintendent

West Valley School District

Coronavirus Precautions and Planning
 

We know our families and staff have many concerns regarding the emergence of the coronavirus in Washington state.  The West Valley School District is closely monitoring the status of the coronavirus outbreak. We are in communications with the Washington State Department of Health and Yakima County Emergency Services for important updates and information as this situation develops. The District’s emergency response plan includes following the direction and guidance of local and state health officials.  Out of an abundance of caution, administration is in the process of developing contingency plans should the situation in the state dramatically change.  We are committed to keep you informed about any developments. 

 

In additional to their regular routines, the District custodial, transportation, and nutrition staff have been taking extra steps to keep our buildings, buses and kitchens clean and sanitized. These actions include being intentional about thorough sanitation of buildings and buses and scrubbing "high touch" areas with recommended cleaning products. (Note: some products contain bleach) 

 

Staff and students are reminded of the following precautions:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.

 

Custodial staff will continue to use universal precautions for cleaning our schools, which include:

  • Using the proper concentration of disinfectant.
  • Allowing the required wet contact time.
  • Paying close attention to hazard warnings and instructions for using personal protective items such as gloves and eye protection.
  • Using disinfectants in a sufficiently ventilated space.
 
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.