Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information Updates
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March 30, 2020
During this time of school closures, our teachers have been working hard to develop quality online lessons for your child. Online instruction for your child will start on Monday, April 6, 2020. Students are expected to login and complete their daily lessons and submit their assignments back to their teacher. In order to make sure all students can access the lessons, we will be checking out Chromebooks to students who do not have a device. We will check out one device per student and no more than two devices per household. When it is your child’s time to check out a device, please come to the Toppenish Middle School parking lot. There will be drive-up stations where you can pull up and check out the device. The Toppenish School District student and guardian both must be present in order to check out the device. Please see the checkout schedule below.
Thursday, April 2nd (at the Middle School parking lot)
8:30AM - 11:30AM - Toppenish High School students
1:00 - 4:30 PM - Toppenish Middle School students
Friday, April 3rd (at the Middle School parking lot)
8:00AM - 1:00PM - Garfield, Kirkwood, Lincoln & Valley View students
2:00PM - 3:30PM - All students who could not come to their original time slot
3/26/2020 : Spring Break Meals
MEALS FOR CHILDREN: 1-18 YRS OF AGE – SPRING BREAK
We will continue to serve meals to children ages 1-18 years during Spring Break which is next week March 30-April 3, 2020.
The following sites will be open for children to Grab-and-go meals during this time only: (All locations will be open from 10-12:00 as meals last)
- Toppenish Middle School – 107 Goldendale Avenue (on the Franklin Ave. side)
- Kirkwood Elementary - 403 Juniper Street, Toppenish
- Buena Bus Stop (by the Buena Post Office)
- Valley View will not be open during Spring Break.
Please remember to continue to follow the Federal Regulations (Reglas Federales)
- Only one meal package for each child (Includes a Breakfast & Lunch)
- CHILDREN MUST BE PRESENT
- One site visit per family – Please only visit one site per day so that we can ensure all children have at least one package each.
- Adhere to the directed 6 feet social distancing.
- Grab and Go – Please return home as directed by the State Governor. Hunker Down Please.
PLEASE STAY SAFE. For any questions please call Nora Flores, Food Service Director 509-945-4823. For regulation questions, please call: USDA at 360-725-6218.
TOPPENISH SCHOOL DISTRICT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND PROVIDER.
3/24/2020: Stay-at-Home Closure
Toppenish School District continues to follow the guidance of the Washington State Department of Health and state officials in our response to COVID-19. On Monday, March 23, Governor Inslee announced a statewide “Stay at Home, Stay Healthy” order. This order will last for a minimum of two weeks and is focused on slowing the spread of COVID-19. During this time, the Toppenish School District will close the District Office; however, we will continue to provide meals to children.
It is important for families to review the most up to date information from Public Health, including information on social distancing. Visit Centers for Disease Control and the Washington State Department of Health websites. Our collective wellbeing is dependent on each of us taking personal responsibility for slowing transmission of this disease.
While our schools remain closed and during the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” period we will continue to serve meals. ALL student meal sites operate from 10 AM until 12 PM, Monday through Friday at Toppenish Middle School, Kirkwood Elementary, Valley View Elementary and in Buena by the post office. During the previously scheduled Spring Break, March 30 to April 3 meals will be served at Toppenish Middle School, Kirkwood Elementary, and Buena from 10 AM to 12 PM.
Athletic Fields and Playgrounds are Closed Until Further Notice. All TSD playgrounds and playfields district-wide are closed. This is a crucial step to increase public safety and social distancing. The closure of TSD playgrounds and playfields will be in effect until further notice. Please remind children and others about social distancing recommendations.
Please continue to take care of yourself, your family, and loved ones. Toppenish School District is committed to keeping you informed and sharing information as it becomes available. Please help us by passing along this information to friends and neighbors. Information is updated and archived on our COVID-19 webpage https://www.toppenish.wednet.edu/domain/282.
John M. Cerna
Toppenish School District
3/18/2020: Preschool & Kinder Registrations
Preschool 3 and 4 year olds registration packets can be found online here: https://www.toppenish.wednet.edu/Page/2297 (select the "fillable" packet option) Please email your online application to: email@example.com include the following attachments with your application: Birth Certificate, Vaccinations, Proof of address. Due to the situation we strongly encourage parents to begin this process online. Paper copies of the registration packet will be available beginning April 6, 2020 at the Preschool. Please drop off the application on a later date. The district office is currently closed but if there are any changes to dates/locations you will be notified. Preschool staff will be contacting applicants to verify all paperwork beginning on April 6.
Kinder registration packets can be found online here: https://www.toppenish.wednet.edu/Page/2297 (select the "fillable packet option) Please email your online application to: firstname.lastname@example.org include the following attachments with your application: Birth Certificate, Vaccinations, Proof of address. Due to the situation we strongly encourage parents to begin this process online. Paper copies of the registration packet will be available beginning April 20, 2020 at the District Office. If you choose to complete a paper copy, please complete it at home and drop off applications at a later date. Notice all dates are subject to change, if this occurs you will be notified. If you have any further questions please contact Celeste Garza at (509) 865-8225 or email@example.com.
3/18/2020 : Grab-and-Go Meal extension to Buena
The Toppenish School District will be extending their meal service distribution service to include the Buena area. We will distribute Grab-and-Go meals to the children that live in the Buena area starting tomorrow, March 19 at 10am-12pm, for all children from ages 1-18 years. We will be on site at the parking area by the Buena Post Office. For more information, please call the Food Services Department at 509-865-8093 or 509-865-8173. Thank you.
3/17/2020 : FREE Meals During School Closure / Comidas GRATUITAS Durante el Cierre Escolar
The Toppenish School District and the Toppenish Food Services Department is committed to providing access to the nutrition needs for all children in the Toppenish area, ages 1-18, during the statewide school closure starting Wednesday, March 18. We will be offering meals at three school sites.
- Meals will be available for pick up at these three sites only: Kirkwood Elementary School, Toppenish Middle School, and Valley View Elementary School.
- Grab- And-Go Meals can be picked up from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM to avoid large gatherings.
- Child must be present to pick up the meal.
- Meals will be free for all children ages 1-18 and they need not be students.
- Please make sure to let food service staff know of any allergies. Peanut-free options are available.
- Adult meals will not be available
- A lunch will be provided and a breakfast for the next day to each child.
- Pick up site does not need to be the school of attendance. Select site for the convenience of your family.
Please call the TSD Food Services Department and talk to Nora Flores, Director and Jeannie Ferguson, Admin. Secretary regarding any questions or special food needs and allergies at (509) 865-8093 or (509) 865-8173.
El Distrito Escolar de Toppenish y el Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos de Toppenish se comprometen a proporcionar acceso a las necesidades de nutrición para todos los niños en el área de Toppenish, de 1 a 18 años, durante el cierre estatal de las escuelas a partir del miércoles 18 de marzo. Estaremos ofreciendo comidas en tres sitios escolares.
- Las comidas estarán disponibles para llevar en los siguientes tres sitios: Kirkwood Elementary School, Toppenish Middle School y Valley View Elementary School.
- Las comidas para llevar se estarán sirviendo de 10:00 a.m. a 12:00 p.m. para evitar grandes reuniones.
- El niño debe estar presente para recoger la comida.
- Las comidas serán gratuitas para todos los niños de 1 a 18 años y no necesitan ser estudiantes.
- Asegúrese de informar al personal del servicio de alimentos sobre cualquier alergia. Opciones sin cacahuates están disponibles.
- Las comidas para adultos no estarán disponibles
- Se entregará un almuerzo y también el desayuno para el día siguiente a cada niño.
- El sitio donde levantara el alimento no necesita ser la escuela de asistencia escolar. Seleccione el sitio para la comodidad de su familia.
Llame al Departamento de Servicios de Alimentos de TSD y hable con Nora Flores, Directora y Jeannie Ferguson, Secretaria sobre con cualquier pregunta o necesidad de alimentos especiales y alergias al (509) 865-8093 o (509) 865-8173.
3/16/2020 : TSD Closure to the Public / Online Learning
The Toppenish School District in response to the presidential press conference this afternoon has decided to shut down all school operations starting Wednesday, March 18th. Our district believes the health and safety of our students, families and staff are paramount with the current COVID-19 situation in our state. All of our district buildings will be closed to the public starting March 18th.
Our preliminary plan is that we will be shut down to students and staff from March 18th through March 27th. We will continue to honor our scheduled spring break from March 30-April 3rd. We will keep a close watch as the situation with COVID-19 progress and tentatively expect that our staff will be able to begin to implement our online learning platform starting April 6, 2020.
3/13/2020: School Closure March 17 - April 24, 2020
Dear Toppenish School District Staff,
I have a difficult announcement to share with you all today. Following the executive order issued by the Governor of the State of Washington, the Toppenish School District will close all schools from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 24, 2020. This closure includes the cancellation of all out-of-district transportation, events, athletic practices, field trips, and competitions.
All school offices will be open regular hours through Tuesday, March 17 to allow for parents and students to retrieve personal items or medications as needed while schools are closed. Staff are expected to report to work on Monday, March 16th, 12 PM to 7:30 PM and Tuesday, March 17th at their regularly scheduled time for online training. After that, staff will continue to report to work until further notice.
In the coming days, our staff will be at work and focused on implementing and adjusting these plans. We will share updates about these items through School Messenger, our websites, and our social media channels as we finalize the details of our plans.
I think it is important to let you know that we may be asked by the state or the health department to extend the closure period. If this occurs, we will communicate to families as soon as possible to allow time to prepare.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership as we work together to continue to care for our students, staff, and families during these difficult times. We will get through this, and we will do it by taking care of each other, treating each other with kindness and compassion, and holding together as a community.
John M. Cerna, Superintendent
Toppenish School District
Reminders about how to prevent colds, influenza, COVID-19 and other illness at school
According to the Department of Health, schools do not need to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses in schools. The entire community can reduce the risk of getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, through these simple steps, which will also prevent COVID-19.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
- Get a flu shot during the flu season.
COVID-19 Testing Locations –Yakima County
Virginia Mason Memorial- Healthy Now clinics:
Phone number: 509-225-4669 (225-HNOW)
*Call or schedule appointment through website
- Healthy Now - Creekside
3909 Creekside Loop
Yakima, WA 98902
- Healthy Now - West Valley
120 S. 72nd Avenue
Yakima, WA 98908
- Healthy Now - West Pavilion 2
406 South 30th Avenue
Yakima, WA 98902
Astria Health Centers:
*Please note: If patients are having symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, fever, shortness of breath) they are encouraged to call in prior to coming, a Dr’s order will be required for testing.
- Astria Toppenish Hospital:
502 W. 4th Ave.
Toppenish, WA 98948
- Astria Health Center Zillah:
915 Vintage Valley Pkwy.
Zillah, WA 98953
- Astria Sunnyside Hospital:
1016 Tacoma Ave.
Sunnyside, WA 98944
Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic- Mobile Unit
(Currently only seeing Farm workers clinic patients)
*Please note: If patients are having symptoms of respiratory illness (cough, fever, shortness of breath) they are encouraged to call in prior to coming
510 W. First Ave.
Toppenish, WA 98948
Yakama Indian Health Services
*Please note: Patients with symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) will be offered testing, those who are not symptomatic but may have been in contact with someone who is being tested for COVID-19 will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days
401 Buster Rd.
Toppenish, WA 98948
- Healthy Now - Creekside