COVID Testing Site
“Test to Stay” is now located at every School throughout the West Valley School District. Each building and the corresponding contact to each building school nurse is listed for your convenience.
Ahtanum Valley Elementary – Stephanie Bendall – 509-972-5500
Apple Valley Elementary – Alison Campbell – 509-972-5510
Cottonwood Elementary – Irene Macias – 509-972-5257
Mountainview Elementary – Ben Hansen 509-972-5530
Summitview Elementary – Tamra Fewkes – 509-972-5540
Wide Hollow Elementary – Daisy Madrigal – 509-972-5629
WV Middle School – Eva Miller – 509-972-5705
WV Junior High – Krystal Graham – 509-972-5842
WV Innovation Center – Amy Hernandez – 509-902-8810
WV High School – Alyssa Kidder – 509-972-3629
For the “Test to Stay” procedures, students/staff who have had close contact but have no symptoms of COVID are able to continue to attend school, regardless of vaccination status, if they have no symptoms of COVID and if they test negative on the first day they were notified of exposure. With the negative test, they can continue to attend school and participate in extra-curricular activities, but they must complete a follow-up COVID test on the fifth day after exposure.
Students/staff who have had close contact who are 18 years or older who have been fully vaccinated and received their booster shot may attend school without having to provide a negative COVID test. Students ages 5-17 years who have had close contact – who are fully vaccinated – do not have to provide a negative COVID test.
If the COVID test is negative, the person can continue to attend school and participate in extra-curricular activities regardless of vaccination status.
WVSD COVID-19 Information
Updated March 11, 2022
The West Valley School District is continuing to serve our Families and Community as we face the challenges of COVID-19 together. Please use this webpage for general District updates and information surrounding COVID-19. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact your corresponding school or district administration.
With the updated requirements from the Washington State Department of Health, please note the following. Beginning on Saturday, March 12:
- Masks are no longer required in most circumstances.
- Students and staff are required to wear a mask in the health room/nurse’s office/isolation area.
- Distancing is no longer required.
- Masks are optional on school buses.
- Students/staff who test positive for COVID must isolate at home for 5 days. When they return to school after day 5, they must wear a mask during days 6-10, OR they must test negative with an antigen or at-home test any day after day 5 in order to return without a mask.
- No contact tracing is required.
While masks are optional, each person’s choice will be respected and no harassment or bullying will be tolerated.
We appreciate your patience during this time of COVID-19 and we will continue to communicate accordingly as we navigate any updated state requirements.
If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate for a minimum of 5 days from the onset of symptoms or, if they don’t have symptoms, from the date their test was taken. Once a positive test is received, the minimum 5-day isolation is mandatory even if they have a subsequent negative test result.
If a person is exposed to COVID-19 (close contact), they should quarantine for 10 days starting from their last known exposure. They may return 10 days after their last known exposure as long as they do not develop symptoms without proof of negative test; or, 5 days after the last known exposure if they don’t develop symptoms and with a negative test result in which the test was taken no sooner than day 5 after last known exposure. A person in the household with close contact needs to isolate with the person that has tested positive in the household, then the person will be able to begin the "Test to Stay" procedure.
According to the Yakima Health District, if a person is fully vaccinated they are not required to quarantine or test for a known exposure. Proof of vaccination status is required.
YHD and district administration are notified immediately of positive cases within the WVSD. Close contacts are determined by district nurses together with YHD and notified immediately. Close contacts are directed to quarantine according to YHD/CDC guidelines. A weekly letter is sent to West Valley staff/community on Friday to inform them of positive cases across the school district.