On Monday, November 16, the West Valley Middle Level Campus returned to in-person learning. Their return comes after 8 months of being away from the physical classroom. “We’re so glad that we’ve been able to bring students back into the classroom safely,” says Middle Level Campus principal Russ Tuman, “All of our teachers and staff have been ready for it, and I’m so proud of the way we’ve been able to adapt.”
The Middle Level Campus even looks different than what most can remember. For example, Heavy foot traffic areas – such as the entrance to the school – have floor markings and signage to help students stay socially distant. Classrooms also look different, as they have been reassembled to accommodate health and safety guideline put into place by the Yakima Health District. Desks can be seen placed six-feet apart, with markings on the floor to keep them spaced appropriately. Hand sanitizer, along with surface disinfectants have also been placed conveniently within all classrooms.
To minimize exposure, the Middle Level Campus is currently utilizing a hybrid schedule. Students with last names starting in A-L attend in person instruction on Mondays and Thursdays, while students with last names starting in M-Z attend in person instruction on Tuesdays and Fridays. Through their first week, the Junior High building has been prepared for 325 students each day while the Middle School building has been prepared for 318 students each day.
The next step for the West Valley School District’s Safe Return Plan entails offering an in-person learning option for high school students. The high school is scheduled to provide their students with this option at the start of the second semester – January 25th.
For more information on how we are keeping our schools safe, please visit our webpage: Planning for 2020-21.