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COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols and Guidelines

During the 2021-2022 school year we have returned to full-time, in-person school five days a week. The safety of our staff and our students is our top priority.

The COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan in the Peninsula School District is based on and follows the current guidance from local, state, and federal health authorities.

Click here to read a message from Superintendent Krestin Bahr sent Friday, October 22 about staff COVID-19 vaccination and approved exemption details in Peninsula School District following the state vaccination mandate.


PSD COVID-19 Guidance Matrix For Families

Click here (or click either thumbnail below) to view a table matrix document with guidance and options for families. The guidance and options provided in the matrix outline steps for a student who becomes ill at school, or becomes ill at home. It also provides close contact guidance for exposures at school, as well as close contact exposures outside of school.


Test to Stay Program

The Test To Stay program has been launched to keep healthy students in school as much as safely possible.

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The program, approved for PSD by Tacoma-Pierce County health Department, is designed for students who are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact of an individual at a school or school-related event who tests positive for COVID-19.

For testing and guidance in non school-based exposure settings, consult options in the PSD Guidance Matrix.

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COVID-19 Vaccinations

On Wednesday, Aug. 18, Governor Jay Inslee announced a directive legally requiring all K–12 school district employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption by mid-October. The COVID-19 vaccine is not required for students.

The proclamation also does not replace the requirement for all staff and students to wear masks or face coverings in schools and on school buses.

Vaccine clinics

We encourage all families to consider immunizing their student(s) against COVID-19, not just for their individual health, but the health and safety of our schools and community.

During October, November, and December, Peninsula School District is partnering with MultiCare Health System to provide four vaccine clinics at our middle schools.

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Face Coverings/Masks

Washington State has mandated masks by all individuals in school district buildings, regardless of vaccination status. This is a current legal requirement. This is a current legal requirement.

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Physical Distancing

Physical distancing requirements for the 2021-2022 school year have been updated to support the provision of full time learning; physical distancing of three feet or more between students maintained in the classroom settings to the degree possible and reasonable that allows for full-time, in-person learning for all students.

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Visitors and Volunteers

For the 2021-22 school year, visitors and volunteers will be allowed on an as-needed basis and upon the approval of the school administrator. 

Click here for complete details regarding visitors and volunteers.

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COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Click here to view the dashboard page.

The purpose of the COVID-19 Data Dashboard is to provide transparency regarding the number of COVID-19 cases within the Peninsula School District while respecting student and staff medical privacy rights. 

COVID-19 Site
Safety Plans

Each school has a COVID-19 site safety plan.

A quick reference list to site plans is available by clicking here.

Test to Stay Program (Began Monday, Oct. 4)

Please click the blue accordion for details about the voluntary, parent consent testing program launched to keep students in school as much as safely possible.

COVID-19 School Site Safety Plans

COVID-19 Building Site Safety Plans are available on each school's website. A quick reference list to site plans is also available below in the blue accordion.

Visitors and Volunteers Guidance

Click the blue accordion to expand and view information about visitors and volunteers guidance during the 2021-2022 school year in PSD.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Guideline Details

Please click the blue accordion topic labels below for information details about COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols in the Peninsula School District.



Video Announcements and updates Archive Resources


Governor Inslee August 18, 2021 | Press Conference
Governor Jay Inslee, joined by Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah, announces a new directive legally requiring all K–12 school district employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination or a medical or religious exemption by October 18, 2021.

OSPI Superintendent Reykdal August 13, 2021 | Media Briefing
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal briefs the media on his request of Gov. Jay Inslee to take executive action to require all K–12 school employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Governor Inslee July 28, 2021 Press Conference
Governor Jay Inslee discusses the state's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and shares guidance for schools.

PSD Board Meeting July 27, 2021 | Mask Guidance Q&A
Charles Leitch, an attorney in private practice who advises school districts through the Washington Schools Risk Management pool, answers questions about school district mask guidance decision processes and parameters of decision control, among other related topics.