Dear Peninsula School District Community,
Today we are making the difficult decision to delay the return of in-person learning for 2nd grade students with a new goal of Nov. 30, 2020.
We have been communicating daily with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD), and after talking with health officials today, we made the decision that delaying the return of additional students to in-person learning is the safest choice for our students and staff.
We know this delay of 2nd graders returning to in-person learning will disappoint many students, families, and staff. We have all prepared with schedule adjustments and tireless work for a safe originally planned Nov. 12 return.
Contributing to this decision are the following factors:
We have experienced a recent case of COVID-19 at Purdy Elementary (with no exposure at school) and current cases at Peninsula High School. We worked with TPCHD to take appropriate safety measures and persons determined to be in close contact of a confirmed case have already been notified.
We are still developing details of our pilot testing program with TPCHD. We will be working with them this afternoon to make preliminary technical decisions regarding the testing program and have ongoing meetings scheduled with our district Testing Taskforce. More information will be communicated as a plan is developed and concrete measures are ready to implement.
We will continue to offer our dual in-person/remote platforms for our preschoolers, Kindergarteners, 1st graders, special education, and some select small groups of non-K-1 students, while we are exploring the testing pilot program with TPCHD. We have not seen any COVID-19 cases in our K-1 program, where students have been learning in-person for six weeks.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we adapt to these ever-changing and challenging times.
Dr. Art Jarvis