Dear WVHS Parents/guardians,
As we communicated in our message to you last Friday, we have seen an increase in the number of positive COVID cases among some high school students. As a result, Spokane Regional Health District placed the building on level 2 with stricter quarantine guidance.
Over the past two days, we had an additional 5 positive cases which would require us to close 30 classes resulting in the quarantine of roughly 500 students. Working closely with the Spokane Regional Health District, we were advised to go into remote learning for 10 days at WVHS only.
Starting tomorrow (Wednesday, May 5th), West Valley High School will be conducting all classes remotely until Monday, May 17th. No in-person learning or school activities will be allowed to take place until Saturday, May 15th.
West Valley High School will continue with the current bell schedule for remote learning at home. Students who have been attending in-person learning will attend classes virtually following this temporary live instruction virtual schedule.
Students and families who have opted for the 100% virtual learning model will continue with asynchronous learning on their regular schedule. 100% virtual students will have the option to join the live, virtual classes over the next 10 days if they choose (but this is not mandatory for 100% virtual students).
Jamie Nilles (Athletic Director) will be working with the league to determine the end of season 2 details. Students will be able to participate in any athletic competitions or activities scheduled for Saturday, May 15th and beyond. Coaches and activity advisors will communicate directly with students regarding practice, competition, activity details and senior end of year activities.
Winter sports will start practicing Saturday May 15th with these times:
Wrestling 9:30am-noon in Wrestling room
Girls Basketball 9am-11am Main Gym
Boys Basketball 11am-1pm Main Gym
This closure is for WVHS only, all other schools will continue with in-person learning as scheduled.
If you have any questions, please contact West Valley High School at 509-922-5488.
Additional Recommendations for Students & Families
Quarantine if identified as a close contact
Closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
Get tested if symptomatic
Limit large group gatherings
Continue to WA State Road to Recovery Phase Guidelines
Should your student get a COVID test? All students who have been identified as close contacts will be notified within 24 hours and should quarantine. If your student develops any symptoms, please notify West Valley High School and contact your student’s doctor for evaluation and testing for COVID-19 infection. Testing is recommended if symptoms are present, but not recommended without symptoms. If parents want to test their student in the absence of symptoms, we encourage waiting until seven days after exposure. Seven days is the average period after an exposure that symptoms would develop or someone who became infected would test positive, although this can be up to 14 days after exposure. Having your child in quarantine does not require any restrictions with other household members unless your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19. If your child develops symptoms or tests positive, household members should also quarantine and await further instruction from public health.
Need a COVID test? West Valley can test students with parent consent. If you’d like this opportunity, please call the WVHS Nurse, Tina Clark to make an appointment for a drive-up test at WVHS.
Thank you for your flexibility and support as we continue to work diligently to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You will also be receiving an automated phone call from WVHS later this afternoon with additional information for food and nutrition and other details. There will be drive-up meal service available at WVHS from 11am to 1pm for any student needing a meal(s).