COVID-19 Data Dashboard
Testing & Vaccine Sites
YSD offers a variety of testing opportunities for staff, students and the household families members of our staff and students. Below is a table explaining the various testing options available:
What kind of tests are available?
- SYMPTOMATIC: Tests taken when the individual is currently experiencing symptoms or has recently been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case
- SCREENING: Regular weekly tests that help to identify COVID-19 when the individual is NOT experiencing symptoms in order to limit the risk of spreading the virus to others. Screening tests are offered only to current YSD students/staff. This screening test is offered as a part of the school day.
Where can I receive a COVID-19 test?
Household Family Members of YSD Staff or Students
Student Family Center
Monday - Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: 105 N 4th Ave. Yakima, WA
SCREENING + SYMPTOMATIC
Days/Times Vary: CLICK HERE
Where: On-campus during school day
NOT AVAILABLE TO VISITORS OR FAMILY MEMBERS
At-Home Test Kits
SCREENING + SYMPTOMATIC
NOT AVAILABLE TO YSD STUDENTS
ONLY AVAILABLE TO HOUSEHOLD FAMILY OF YSD STAFF
Yakima County Testing Sites
To learn more about COVID-19 testing sites in Yakima County, CLICK HERE.
Yakima County Vaccine Sites
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccination sites in Yakima County, CLICK HERE
COVID-19 Safety & Risk Mitigation Measures
- All staff and students must continue to wear face coverings/masks, regardless of vaccination status when in all Yakima School District buildings.
- All district personnel, volunteers, visitors, and students must wear cloth face coverings, or an acceptable alternative (e.g., surgical mask or clear face shield with a drape), when indoors.
Physical Distancing Requirements
- Maintain a physical distance of three feet between students in classroom settings as is reasonably possible. There is flexibility in reducing the distance when desks or tables do not allow for the three feet distance.
- All district staff must maintain a 6-foot separation and practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace. The distance may be reduced if all individuals are masked. Barriers or fans may be effective in many circumstances.
Meal and Food Requirements
- Maximize physical distance as much as possible when moving through the food service line and while eating. Using additional spaces outside of the cafeteria for mealtime seating such as the gymnasium or outdoor seating as available.
- Food brought to school buildings by staff, students, etc. needs to be individually wrapped to be distributed.
- Frequent hand washing is encouraged
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the buildings
- Cleaning and disinfecting
- Staying home when sick and seeking evaluation
- Testing as indicated
- Isolation rooms will still be needed
- Students need to bring their own supplies. No sharing.
COVID-19 Student Symptom Flow Charts
The current YSD flow chart outlines the return to school requirements, and was not intended to be used as generalized medical guidance.
We do encourage families to test when symptomatic and provide them information about our free rapid testing location for YSD students and staff, especially when we are aware of underlying risk factors. There is no limit on the number of times a person is allowed to test, this is a free service that is being provided M-F from 1-5pm. Ability to test should not be a barrier for our Students and Staff.
We also know that there can be a difference in the testing results from one day to the next which is why we are requiring our 5 day test to return.
Our move to more protective measures was absolutely not intended to be an "either/or" situation, and we are working as a district to help clarify this information moving forward and as updated guidance is released by the Washington State Department of Health.
WA DOH encourages ALL people with symptoms should get tested, regardless of vaccine status. Antigen (Rapid) tests work best within the first 7 days of symptoms. If a person has symptoms but has a negative test, a health care provider may recommend a PCR test to confirm results.
If you or your student have risk factors, please contact your provider if you become symptomatic. A list of identified conditions can be found on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html.
Please help us, help you keep our students and staff safe.
In the Yakima area, the transmission of COVID-19 is high. The Yakima School District will temporarily put additional protocols in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective Monday, August 30, 2021.
- Visitors to schools: only staff and students will be permitted in the school buildings.
- No assemblies or field trips until further notice (sports and after-school activities are not impacted at this time).
- No tolerance for improper mask-wearing and no tolerance for not social distancing to the extent possible.
- Please click here for updated parent/guardian announcements including the canceled reading program for free fair tickets.
Close Proximity & Close Contact Notifications
When staff or students have potential COVID-19 symptoms, the YSD COVID-19 Response Team, in coordination with the Yakima Health District, conducts an interview to determine, if possible, if the person is positive for COVID-19 and who might be a close contact (within 3-6 feet, depending on the situation, for a total of 15 minutes) or in close proximity (most often in the same classroom or same bus but not necessarily within 3-6' for 15 minutes). Then:
Close contacts families will be contacted by the school nurse and given instructions. In some cases, they may need to isolate or quarantine but each situation can be unique. If a parent gets a Close Contact call from a nurse parents should expect the following.
- a return date for when the child would be eligible to return
- a list of symptoms to look for
- instructions on what to do if they see those symptoms
- identification of testing locations
- information on how to report POSITIVE results back to the school
- who to contact if they have any questions
Close proximity families will receive a text/auto-call/email via the school or the district's ParentSquare account. Instructions will be given in that message. Most likely that message will indicate that families are to watch for symptoms but if students remain symptom-free they can come to school.
Please note that although a parent/guardian will have access to more engagement tools if they are registered in ParentSquare, they do not need to be registered in ParentSquare to receive messages from teachers, the school, or the district. To register for ParentSquare, or for more info, go to www.YSD7.org/parentsquare
Temporary Home Quarantine Virtual Learning
Due to current community health conditions and the global COVID-19 pandemic, students may be required to temporarily quarantine at home due to symptoms, a positive COVID-19 test, or identification as a close contact to someone with Covid-19. Your child’s school and our Yakima School District Covid-19 Response Team will communicate with you about any required temporary quarantine. Please refer to the symptom flow chart above that explains when students are required to quarantine.
During a temporary home quarantine, teaching and learning will continue uninterrupted, ensuring your student continues to receive instructional services from the Yakima School District.
We have developed units for each grade level from preschool to 5th grade and core content units for middle school and high school students. All units are aligned to Washington State learning standards and are scheduled to be taught during this time of the school year. While learning may not match classroom activities exactly, we will support your student while they make progress on their most important learning.
All students in quarantine are expected to participate in virtual instruction, including daily contact with a teacher from the district. Live teacher sessions are available at 11:30 a.m. daily. Please see the information in your child's quaratine packet on how to access virtual learning and live teacher instruction via Google Meet.
We hope you find these sessions helpful to continue learning during a temporary home quarantine.
Returning From Temporary Home Quarantine
Students required to temporarily quarantine at home may return to school after 10 full days of quarantine as long as they 1) have no symptoms or 2) symptoms are significantly improving. Alternatively, quarantine may be ended early if the student receives a negative COVID-19 test result on or after day 5 of quarentine.
As an example, consider a student is sent home on 9/29. Day 5 is 10/4 - this is the earliest the student may return to class with a negative test result. If there is no COVID-19 test taken, then the return date is 10/11. Below is a graphic to illustrate this timeline.
My Student Is Showing Symptoms, What Do I Do?
You should not send your student to school if they have symptoms that could be COVID-19. The Delta variant is very contagious and transmission will increase for everyone if your student comes to school ill. Most people who get COVID-19 have mild symptoms, including a fever and cough. Adults and children have reported the following symptoms or a combination of symptoms, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure:
- Fever of 100.4°F / 38°C or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Other signs of new illness that are unrelated to a preexisting condition (such as seasonal allergies)
This list does not include all possible symptoms. To learn more about COVID-19 symptoms, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms)
My Student Has Been Exposed To COVID-19 Outside Of School, What Do I Do?
Even a person who is vaccinated, if they are symptomatic, will be required to isolate/quarantine.
- Parents/guardians should contact their school nurse
- Watch for symptoms
- Get a COVID 19 Test
- Seek medical help if needed
Student Meals During Home Quarantine Learning
The Yakima School District Child Nutrition Department would like to announce that beginning September 27th, school meals will be made available to any student in quarantine who is continuing online learning at home while in quarantine.
These meals must be arranged to be picked up from the school your student attends by calling your school's kitchen to request these meals.
The parents or guardians may pick up these meals daily, for quarantined students so long as they can provide the student ID.
Orders for same-day service must be called in no later than 9:00 AM the day of and be picked no later than 1:30 PM (but not during the school's regular meal service times as staff will not be available). Parents may order meals for the entire time the student is quarantined.
If the parent does not pick up the requested meals, they will need to reorder for any future days.
We encourage you to use our Let's Talk platform if you have questions/suggestions as we are monitoring it hourly during school hours and strive for a same-day response. You can access our Let's Talk platform here: https://www.ysd7.org/contactus.
For a list of schools and school phone numbers, please go here: https://www.ysd7.org/domain/21.