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State of the District - February 3, 2021

Dear Peninsula School District Community,

Here are some updates for this week:

3rd-5th Grades Start Hybrid Learning Feb. 4
Tomorrow, Feb. 4, our 3rd-5th grade hybrid AM/PM in-person learning model begins. This also includes 2nd grade students at Pioneer Elementary and students who participate in the Peninsula Accelerated Classroom Enrichment (PACE) Program, as those students learn alongside 3rd graders in those models. Remote learning will continue for families choosing to continue with that platform. You can read more about 3rd-5th grade hybrid learning on our website.

6th-8th Grades Start Hybrid Learning Feb. 25
PSD will start the 6th-8th grade hybrid in-person learning model on Thurs., Feb. 25 for those who have selected in-person learning. Our experience so far with small groups and younger students back in our buildings has been very encouraging, and we are excited to now invite middle school students to be with one another and with their teachers on campus again. You can read more about the 6th-8th grade hybrid learning model, and how it impacts those who will continue with full remote learning, on our website.

New Health Screening/Attestation Forms
Last week, the Washington State Department of Health updated the health screening language to better align with other state and federal agencies. Therefore, we have updated our district attestation forms used by students and staff. The new form includes a more detailed introductory question and more specific language in some of the attestation symptom questions. Please use this new form for students.

PSD Rights & Responsibilities Handbook
Every year we require all parents and students to sign and return the PSD Rights & Responsibilities Handbook. We realize this year has been very different so we understand why we have received lower than normal return rates. Next Tues., Feb. 8, we will resend the DocuSign Digital Signature Emails to any families who we have not heard from, so please watch your email. Please review the handbook with your child and digitally sign it with DocuSign. If you do not receive an email, that means we have already received your signed handbook for the year. Thank you!

High School Athletics Take the Field
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Healthy Washington Sport and Activity Guidelines outline the return of high school athletics with COVID-19 safety protocols. For Peninsula High School and Gig Harbor High School, a plan is in place for three shortened sports seasons between February and June. Football started Monday, Feb. 1 with other fall sports beginning Monday, Feb. 8.

PHS and GHHS have merged with the South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 4A for the 2020-21 school year to better provide opportunities for our student-athletes to access athletics. Please click here for more information about the SPSL and sports seasons. We also encourage you to visit the PSD high school athletics FAQs page.

Superintendent Search
The Peninsula School District Board of Directors has initiated a search for the district's next superintendent, as Superintendent Jarvis will be retiring at the end of the school year. Watch a short video featuring School Board President David Olson speaking about the search process.

Staff, families, and community members are invited by search firm Northwest Leadership Associates to take the survey below to gather information about the personal attributes and qualities our community would like to see in the next leader of PSD. 

The survey will close this Friday, Feb. 5. For further information and an overview of the search process, please visit our website.  

Mid-Winter Break: To Travel or Not to Travel?
Last fall, Governor Inslee issued a travel advisory to preserve the public’s well-being and save lives during the pandemic. He requested that anyone traveling outside of the state for ‘non-essential travel’ limit their interactions to those in their immediate household for 14 days upon returning. Although schools are not specifically included in those actions, there are questions that confront us, such as what we should do about students who travel across the state line? The governor made these restrictions voluntary, and we do not want to overstep; however, we respectfully request that students voluntarily quarantine if traveling out of state. With more staff and students in our buildings for in-person learning, it’s critical we keep the virus away from our schools. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mid-Winter Break Meal Kits
PSD’s Nutrition Services Department will provide meal kits for children up to the age of 18 during Mid-Winter Break, Feb. 15-19, 2021. Meals kits can be picked up on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from noon to 1:30 pm at one of the following locations: Evergreen Elementary, Purdy Elementary, and Gig Harbor High School. Each child may pick up a meal kit containing both breakfast and lunch items to last for six days. Please complete this survey to assist the Nutrition Services team with planning. For the most current information, please visit the Nutrition Services webpage.  Question about meals? Please call 253.530.1015.

We hope you have a great rest of the week. 


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