Tieton Community Vaccine Clinic 
Clínica Comunitaria de Vacunas

Yakima Valley Memorial is offering a community vaccination clinic that is open to all this Saturday, May 8, from 9 am-3 pm at the Hort Union Warehouse, across the street from Mighty Tieton Warehouse. Ages 18 and over, no ID required.
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E
mergency Broadband Benefit

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

What is the program?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to necessitate distance learning, telework, and reliance on telehealth, broadband connectivity is essential. For those in low-income households, maintaining an Internet connection means choosing between other necessities. Congress created the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (“EBBP”) to address affordability, one of the main barriers to adoption.

This program, run by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), offers a monthly discount to offset the cost of broadband Internet subscriptions, helping those that are struggling with connectivity with pathways to stay connected. In addition, the program provides a one-time discount on a laptop, desktop, or tablet computer.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a monthly discount of up to $50 on broadband service, which increases to $75/month on tribal lands. Eligible households can sign up for service with an approved provider. If the consumer chooses an eligible plan that regularly costs $50/month or less, the consumer will receive that service for free, at least until the EBBP’s last month of support.

The upcoming Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price.

What does the discount cover?

Eligible services are not limited to standalone Internet services. Discounts may also apply to bundled services that include voice, text, and service packages that include devices such as routers, modems, or hotspots. However, eligible bundled services may not include video services and conventional cable TV service.

The Program also provides a discount of up to $100 to a provider if a household purchases a connected device offered by the provider. These devices are limited to laptops, desktops, or tablet computers. The program requires that participants contribute $10 to $50 towards the cost of the device.

Applicants should know that existing outstanding payments to a broadband provider do not disqualify a household from eligibility under the EBBP. Also, participation in EBBP does not impact participation in the Lifeline program. Conversely, being a Lifeline subscriber does not disqualify a household from participation in the EBBP.

Am I Eligible?

There are several ways in which a household can qualify for EBBP discounts. A household is eligible when it has experienced one of the following conditions:   

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Substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020, due to layoff or furlough;
Applying for or receiving unemployment benefits;
One household member received a Federal Pell Grant in the current award year;
One household member receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program, or breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;
One household member meets the eligibility requirements for an Internet service provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program;
• One household member qualifies for the Lifeline program, or participates in one of the following federal assistance programs: º Medicaid
º Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
º Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
º Federal Public Housing Assistance
º Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit; or
º A household's income is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for a household of that size. 

Lifeline Customers
 
Current lifeline customers are eligible for the EBB. Households with current internet service who have bad credit and/or unpaid bills are also eligible.

How do I Enroll?

If a household is already a Lifeline participant, they will not need to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program or provide any new documents to prove eligibility. Applicants only need to opt-in to a plan provided by their current broadband provider or request enrollment in the program. Current Lifeline subscribers can keep their current Lifeline benefit while also adding a plan that is offered through the EBBP.
People who are not currently participating in Lifeline must apply for the EBBP through the National Lifeline Verifier.  Applications can be completed online or via mail. Applicants must provide a full name, date of birth, address, and one of the following identification documents: Social Security Number, Tribal identification numbers, government-issued ID, passport, driver's license , or Taxpayer Identification Number
Upon completion, an applicant can immediately find out whether they qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. If the national Verifier cannot automatically confirm eligibility, applicants may need to upload additional documents. A broadband provider may also help with the application process.

When can I Apply?

  The FCC has not set a date for enrollment to begin. However, enrollment is expected to start by May 2021. The enrollment period is required to close six months after the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines that the pandemic emergency is over, or when the $3.2 billion appropriated by Congress has been exhausted, whichever occurs first.  At least 30 days before the termination of EBBP discounts, providers must give participants explicit notice that the program is coming to an end. Once the program expires, customers must affirmatively "opt-in" to continuing service before being charges at the full, non-discounted rate.

Attached Files: Emergency Broadband-Quick Look
 



Vaccinate-Free clinic in Yakima


Free Community COVID-19 Testing Information-
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Información de Pruebas de Comunidad Gratuitas para COVID-19 dar Clic Aquí

   

»Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) is Back!
Get money for meals missed by students this school year.
»Who is Eligible?
Did your child go to a K-12 School this school year that was closed or had reduced hours due to the pandemic? 
Is your child eligible for free or reduced-price school meals?
Then your child may be eligible for P-EBT this school year! P-EBT is money that can be used to buy food for your children.
»What do you need to do?
It's easy-There is no need to apply. Eligible families will get their benefits in the mail this March.
Just make sure your address is up to date with us!
Update your information through FinalForms, link below. 

Learn more at www.dshs.wa.gov/pebt or call the P-EBT Contact Center at 1-833-518-0282 with questions.

»¡Pandemia EBT (P-EBT) está de regreso!   
Obtenga dinero para las comidas que los estudiantes perdieron en la escuela este año escolar. 
»¿Quien será  Eligible?
¿Asistió su hijo a una escuela del K-12 grado este año escolar que se cerró o que tuvo horas reducidas por la pandemia?      
¿Es elegible su hijo para alimentos escolares gratuitos o costo reducido?

Podrá ser elegible su hijo para P-EBT este año escolar. El P-EBT es dinero que se poodrá usar para comprar alimentos para sus hijos.
»¿Que Necesita Hacer Usted? Es facil-no tiene que aplicar. Los familias que son elegible recibirán sus beneficios por correo postal en marzo.   ¡Solo asegúrate de que su dirección esté actualizada con nosotros! Actualice su información a través de FinalForms, enlace a continuación. Aprende más al www.dshs.wa.gov/pebto llame al Centro de Contacto de P-EBT al 1-833-518-0282 con preguntas.


Superintendent's Message  Mensaje del Superintendente aquí
4/30/2021      

The district would like to share with you the challenges and the plans we have for the remainder of this year and for the start of the 2021-22 school year in August.  As of today, with just 26 days of school left, we hope to be able to bring all students back to the buildings full time later in May. We feel this will help us plan and assess the needs of the district, staff and students when school starts in August and inspire our students to seek help so they may finish strong.  We know this past year has presented many challenges and we feel the best place for them is to be is in the classroom and we are working to try to implement this.  Regardless of how this spring plays out, we fully intend to start next year with full-time on-site instruction with on-site food service, barring any alternative guidance by state or local health agencies. 

Here is one of the challenges that we face with bringing students back in May.  Currently the guidance from the state and local health districts allows students to be spaced three (3) feet apart in the classroom (while wearing masks) but they must be six (6) feet apart when eating (masks off). This presents an interesting problem: finding areas to adequately space students while providing supervision. 

The second challenge set by the Yakima Health District (YHD) states that junior high and high school students can be social distanced at three feet only if they are cohorted, which means students must move in the same groups as they do at our elementary levels. At HJH and HHS this is not possible due to the 6-period rotation schedule they currently have.  Also, the YHD guidance does not endorse full-time in-person learning at grades 7-12 until cases are under the 200/100,000 mark; currently we are at 254/100,000. 

So the question then is “Why don’t we bring back the MWC and TIS students full time and then assess the needs of our upper grades?”  This past fall the district made the decision to do a grocery style pick up model of food service in order to create and maintain a safe learning environment for students and staff. As you know, every Thursday during grocery pick up students may access a week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches. If we were to return in May, this now causes a state and federal reimbursement food service program issue if all students cannot start together. 

Again, we are working with YHD to open the Highland School District. Our hope is that YHD will grant us an exception to move to full-time, in-person K-12 learning sometime in May.  In order for this to happen we need YHD approval to change our food service to on-site and come up with the understanding that it will be for the remainder of this school year.  If YHD does not approve our request we will work on how we can balance food service, transportation, and supervision issues in order to increase educational time for MWC and TIS students before the school year ends. 

Please watch for communication from your child’s school as we continue to work with YHD.  We appreciate your support and flexibility that has been shown during this trying and challenging year.  Like all of you, we are also frustrated and look forward to the time when all Highland students can be in our schools, full-time where they belong.  

Mark Anderson
Superintendent

**HSD Coronavirus Information**

**HSD Información del Coronavirus**

State and Government Resources During COVID-click here


Tech Issues?  ¿Problemas con Tecnología?

For those students experiencing technology related issues with their school-issued device, please send a tech request to support@highland.wednet.edu or call the district office at 509-678-8630, option 2 then option 6. HSD Technology Department.

Important Dates!

Please check the District Calendar for event details. 

May 28     Snow Make-up Day/Non-Contracted Day, No School
May 31     Memorial Day, No School
June 4      Early Release, HHS Graduation
June 10    Last Day of School


New Student Enrollment and Annual Update of Student Information:

The Highland School District has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign enrollment, back-to-school, and athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.

You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. You will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.

We are asking that ALL parents use FinalForms.  Please register at: https://highland-wa.finalforms.com/  (or click on the FINALFORMS icon below) and follow the prompts to create your account, create or assign your students and sign your forms.

Note: If your student is NEW to the district (kindergarteners and transfers), please be sure to click the “New to District” checkbox when registering your student.

Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes at Highland School District.





Highland Community Coalition and Student Assistance Services

Lizbet MacedaLizbet Maceda is the Highland Community Prevention Coordinator.  Based at Highland High School, Maceda’s role involves developing and guiding the coalition’s work in serving as a resource for the area’s parents, students, and other residents.  She facilitates the coalition’s activities in offering training, technical assistance, and both community- and school-based prevention services.  Coalition meetings with community members are held every month at the high school, and student-centered work focuses on youths in the middle school and high school grades.

These are the projects the coalition is working on:
Second Step Social emotional learning for students 7-8th grade.  
Sport Wellness Program: Healthy habits and education in the harms of substances. 
Starts with One Campaign: Messaging around medicine storage and safe disposal.
National Prescription Take Back Day: We are part of National Prescription Take Back Day where we collect prescribed and non-prescribed medications.
Strengthening Families: Family program for youth 10-14 years of age.
To learn more about these programs, please visit our website:  https://highlandcommunity.wixsite.com/highlandcommunity/about/


Due to COVID-19 we are getting creative in how we are delivering our programs to our students and community members.
For more information of resources you can use while you have students at home, please visit this link:
https://highlandcommunity.wixsite.com/highlandcommunity/copy-of-marijuana

About Us

              Our Mission:  "A Quality Education for All Students"

Highland School District, for a small district, has big offerings in both academics and extracurricular programs. The district serves approximately 1120 students in four schools: Marcus Whitman (Pre-school-3); Tieton Intermediate (4-6); Highland Junior High (7-9) and Highland High (10-12). The outstanding basic education offerings of the district are augmented by a developmental pre-school program, all day kindergarten, strong remediation programs, migrant/bilingual programs, state-of-the-art vocational technology programs and an excellent special services department. The district also offers extended learning opportunities through Central Washington University that gives students the opportunity to receive college credits. The district prides itself with a strong tradition of providing a solid educational program that prepares students for post-secondary education and adult life.  

Highland Campuses

Marcus Whitman Cowiche Elementary School
Phone: 509-678-8900
Fax: 509-678-5494
Tieton Intermediate School
Phone: 509-678-8700
Fax: 509-673-2771
Highland Junior and Senior High Schools
Phone: 509-678-8800
Fax: 509-678-4140

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