YAKIMA, WA – The Yakima Health District said they will support high schools in Yakima County starting hybrid-style learning as soon as February 16.
As of February 1, Yakima County reported 588 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the last 14 days. This does not meet the Washington State Department of Health’s recommendation to wait to open schools until cases are 200 per 100,000 people. However, Interim Health Officer Larry Jecha said they will support this move anyway because of the affect remote learning has on student’s mental health.
“We’re not in the range that people recommend opening schools, but I think because of the dire things we’ve seen, the failure rates, the behavioral problems that we’re seeing, you sometimes have to outweigh one thing over another,” Jecha said.
Shane Backlund superintendent of the Selah School District said their district has online screenings for students and they have seen a big decline in