This post was updated on 9/13/20:
Please note, on Sunday, Sept. 13 the Peninsula School District sent a message to Kindergarten and first grade families announcing the delay of the start of Kindergarten and first grade in-person learning from Monday, Sept. 21 to Monday, Sept. 28. The survey deadline for Kindergarten and first grade families to indicate learning preference (in-person or remote) was also extended from Sunday, Sept. 13 to midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Due to poor air quality in the region, PSD made a decision on Sunday, Sept. 13 to keep schools and buildings closed to the public on Monday, Sept. 14. Since it isn't known how long smoke from the wildfires will continue to affect air quality, the invited return for Kindergarten and first grade in-person learning has been delayed. This will give staff the time they need to fully prepare for students coming back into buildings and schools.
This decision also means that the Special Education Programs scheduled to start full time, 5 days per week on September 21 will also be delayed by one week. However, students in Special Education programs who were meeting on campus last week will resume their in-person instruction schedule as soon as air quality permits.
The original message published Friday, Sept. 4 prior to the delay announcement is unchanged below.
Greetings PSD Staff and Families,
We hope this message finds you well. We are excited about school starting for most students next Tuesday, September 8 and for Kindergarten students on Friday, September 11.
You may have heard that Pierce County's COVID-19 case rates have recently moved to the Moderate range, as defined by the Washington State Department of Health Decision Tree, allowing our youngest learners back into classrooms for in-person instruction.
This news, along with information from our most recent parent survey, led to Dr. Jarvis’ announcement today that students in grades K-1 will be invited to attend school in-person starting Monday, Sept. 21.
Please see Dr. Jarvis' video announcement.
For more information, please contact your child’s school, or see our website: psd401.net/schoolreopening.
Thank you and have a great weekend.