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Yuma County News



The Yuma Union High School District student nutrition department will continue to provide no-cost grab-and-go breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years of age or younger from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday as the district transitions to distance learning.


In addition to service at all six district schools, student nutrition personnel will also partner with the transportation department to provide meals to children at three remote locations. The route locations are listed below:


Route 1

Stop 1: S Jojoba Ave and E 42nd Ln

Meal Service: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Route 2

Stop 1: S Somerton Ave and W Fern St

Meal Service: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Stop 2: N Council Ave and Jefferson St

Meal Service: 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.


Route 3

Stop 1: E Monreal Ln and Christian Avenue

Meal Service: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Stop 2: David Riedel Blvd and N Garcia Blvd

Meal Service: 12:30 – 1 p.m.




The Yuma Union High School District Governing Board during a special emergency meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18 voted unanimously to approve Superintendent Gina Thompson’s recommendation that all YUHSD campuses return to full distance learning, beginning Monday, Nov. 23.


The decision was made in the interest of student and staff health and safety due to the increasingly high number of COVID-19 metrics across Yuma County. The board along with YUHSD leadership will evaluate COVID-19 metrics in December and January to determine if and when it is appropriate to move into a different offering for instruction.


Students will be on camera for distance learning Monday through Friday, beginning at their regular school start time. The most up-to-date distance learning schedule is posted on as well as each school’s website homepage. Families who have questions are encouraged to reach out to their respective school’s office.


YUHSD student nutrition services will continue to provide drive-thru, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. The meals are at no cost for children 18 years of age or younger.


Extracurricular activities at all YUHSD campuses will be paused, including any in-person winter sports practices. Coaches and club leaders will be permitted to continue to work with students in a virtual capacity.


Updates will continue to be provided via the Blackboard Connect Messaging system, which provides text, email, and phone calls directly to families. For those who need to update contact information, please log in to your ParentVUE account or contact your school office for assistance.



On November 23, 2020, the Crane Elementary School District elected to transition Centennial Middle School to remote instruction effective immediately. The decision was made in close coordination with the Yuma County Public Health Department as a precaution due to increased positive COVID-19 cases on site.
The school transition to remote learning will become effective on November 23, 2020 with an expected return on January 4, 2021. The return date is subject to change based on recommendations from the local health department and school district administration. Parents will receive remote learning instructions from the school in order to participate in remote classes beginning on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 before the extended holiday weekend.
We understand that our community may be curious to know additional details. Out of respect for our students and their families, and in alignment with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountabilty Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) privacy laws, we must maintain confidentiality.
As a district, we have a comprehensive plan to clean and sanitize our campus facilities. Our Crane families assist us by being proactive at home with daily health screenings. We urge our students, staff, and families to remain at home and consider seeking medical assessment and/or treatment if they experience any of the following symptoms:
• Fever of 100.4° F or more
• Cough
• Sore Throat
• Shortness of Breath/Difficulty Breathing
• Muscle Aches
• Fatigue
• Runny Nose/Congestion
• Headache
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
Per Executive Order 2020-51, free on-site support services will be provided at this site until a return to in-person learning is possible. “On-site learning required by Executive Order 2020-41(3)(b) includes in-person support services such as student supervision and strategic support for students in need during standard school hours, which may include teacher-led or paraprofessional support for students with distance learning instruction.” We encourage families to only use the service if absolutely necessary. No transportation services will be provided. Centennial Middle School will provide curbside meals from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. If you require on-site support services, please contact the school at (928) 373-3300.

For school-specific questions, parents and guardians can reach out to their child(ren)’s school by phone. Contact information for Crane schools is available online at The district social media and website contains up-to-date information. The Crane Mitigation Plan, available on our website, provides additional information on temporary school closures and other COVID-19 related topics; it is updated on a weekly basis. The Crane Elementary School District will continue to provide in-person instruction at the other Crane schools, except Salida del Sol Elementary School.



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