Health Precautions

Special School Board Meeting via Zoom

What: Special School Board Meeting via Zoom
When: 3/30/2020, 7:30 AM – 7:45 AM
Where: Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/289344363 Meeting ID: 289 344 363

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SCHOOL CLOSURE

 
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
  • West Valley School District will be closed from March 16 through April 24.
  • 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.
  • Remote educational services will resume Monday, March 30.
  • Free Wi-Fi During School Closure. See resources HERE.
 
 

LATEST MESSAGE TO FAMILIES

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

 

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.