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Dear PSD Staff and Families,

We want to share some important information with you about health and safety protocols in our schools and buildings this school year.

While we continue to carefully monitor a constantly changing health landscape, one thing remains steadfast: our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff. This priority is the foundation of all of our decisions moving forward to bring students back to school for in-person learning, for those who choose.

Here’s a quick peek into what our schools and buildings will look like with additional safety protocols in place.

Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School and Building

Here are the key things that you should know about our health and safety practices and protocols as we begin to welcome back staff and students for in-person learning.

  • Each time someone enters a building, they will be asked to conduct a health check that includes a temperature reading. This aligns with the Washington State Department of Health screening guidance. Please see this video about what's involved in a health check.

  • At all times, students and staff must wear face coverings protecting their nose and mouth while at school and on the bus. Few exceptions can be made for students and staff. Read more on our school reopening webpage.

  • Students and staff must maintain six feet of physical distance throughout the school day whenever possible, and anywhere on school grounds.

  • Schools and buildings are cleaned throughout the day and disinfected each night, with special attention to high-touch areas.

  • Face coverings, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies are readily available throughout every school and district building.

  • Every school has a building COVID-19 Building Site Coordinator who is prepared to respond in the event of a health concern at the school. They will work with the Building Response Team to respond to a COVID-19 case. They will also report suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases to the district COVID-19 Safety Coordinator. Read more in the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's School COVID-19 Case Response Toolkit.

  • Every school will have a designated isolation room for use in the event that a student becomes ill during the school day.

For more details on these and other policies, please see our school reopening webpage.

Although we are district leaders, we are also public school parents, former teachers, and principals, and know what it feels like to want the best possible education for your child while ensuring the health and safety of your entire family. We have collectively learned a lot since last spring — about the virus, the safety measures needed to keep everyone healthy and protected, and to react and respond to a health concern at school should the need arise. 

We appreciate your partnership as we continue to do school differently this year.

Sincerely,
PSD Leadership

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