Dear PSD Staff and Families,
I have just received news about an opportunity to partner with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) that will allow our Kindergarten, 1st grade students and other students with special needs to continue with our in-person learning model. This is excellent news as evidence shows our children are thriving safely in the in-person setting.
Here is what I know: along with a coalition of small/rural Pierce County school districts, we have been asked to pilot a COVID-19 rapid testing program in our schools. This testing program is supported by the TPCHD with supplies and instructional materials. By partnering in this pilot, TPCHD is supportive of our continuation of in-person learning while we work out the details of the program.
I have just now assigned district senior leadership the task of exploring this opportunity by leading an inclusive task force. This group will include a variety of stakeholders including staff and community members. Together, the task force will look at the pilot program and determine how it can work in our district.
We Will Continue Next Monday, Nov. 2 With In-Person Learning
While we are exploring this opportunity, we will continue providing our dual in-person/remote learning platform for Kindergarten and 1st grade students as we have been doing since Sept. 28, and will continue moving forward with bringing back 2nd grade students for in-person learning one week later than planned. Second grade children whose parents elected in-person learning will return on Nov. 12. Non-K-1 students including those in special education programs (Developmental Preschool, ECEAP, Options, TRAC, ET&T and CTP) who have been accessing in-person learning will continue receiving services, and some with minor adjustments.
I understand the last few days have been challenging and I appreciate your understanding as we work to find solutions that allow for staff and students to come together for in-person learning. As soon as we have more details about this program, we will let you know.