Several Yakima County school districts returned high school students to part-time in-person learning this past week, as the state pushed to bring more students back to campus.
East Valley, Highland, Selah, Wapato, West Valley and Zillah all restarted part-time in-person learning, widely referred to as hybrid learning, for high school students. On Monday, Granger’s high school students will join in the part-time return, according to Ryan Ibach, the Yakima Health District’s chief operating officer, who has worked closely with districts in developing safe reopening plans.
Ibach also said that Grandview, Sunnyside and White Swan high schools had tentative plans to begin hybrid learning in early- to mid-March, while Mabton is aiming to wait for the county to reach a case-rate of 450 or fewer cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population over a two-week period.
Yakima County had 508.7 cases per 100,000 population between Jan.