Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Below is archived information regarding COVID-19 and school building closures. Read about PSD's Continuous Learning program while staff and students are at home.
- 05/15/20 - State of the District #14 - Update on Plans for the Fall
- 05/08/20 - State of the District #13 - Schoology, Teacher Appreciation, Video Series
- 05/01/20 - State of the District #12 - Continuous Learning Grading, Videos and Teacher Appreciation Week
- 04/21/20 - State of the District #11 - Continuous Learning Student & Parent Guide
- 04/09/20 - State of the District #10 - PSD Continuous Learning Program
- 04/06/20 - State of the District #9 - Schools Closed to In-Person Instruction for Remainder of School Year
- 04/03/20 - State of the District #8 - Meal Routes Expand, Continuous Learning, Chromebook Repair Info
- 03/28/20 - State of the District #7 - Continuous Learning Update and Meals Expand to Bus Routes
- 03/25/20 - State of the District #6 - Essential Services Continue During Stay-at-Home Order, Plus OSPI
Update on Learning and Seniors
- 03/20/20 - State of the District #5 - Remind App and More Online Resources
- 03/19/20 - State of the District #4 - All District Zoom Staff Meeting and Home Learning Resources
- 03/18/20 - State of the District #3 - First Responder and Healthcare Worker Childcare Starts 3/23
- 03/17/20 - State of the District #2 - Free Lunch Pick-up Now Available
- 03/16/20 - State of the District #1 - Schools Closed to In-Person Instruction through April 24
- 4/06/20 - State of the District Update #9 - Update #9 in Spanish
- 4/03/20 - State of the District Update #8
- 3/28/20 - State of the District Update #7
- 3/25/20 - State of the District Update #6 - Update #6 in Spanish
- 3/20/20 - State of the District Update #5
- 3/19/20 - State of the District Update #4
- 3/18/20 - State of the District Update #3
- 3/17/20 - State of the District Update #2 - Update #2 in Spanish
- 3/16/20 - State of the District Update #1- Update #1 in Spanish - Update #1 in Russian
- 3/12/20 - Message from Dr. Jarvis - Message in Russian - Message in Spanish
- 3/12/20 - Message from PSD - Message In Spanish
- 3/9/20 - Message from PSD
- 3/3/20 - Message from Dr. Jarvis - Message in Russian
- 3/2/20 - Message from PSD - Message in Spanish
- 2/4/20 - Message from PSD
- 2/3/20 - Message from PSD
- 05/04/20 - Video Message from our PSD School Board for Teacher Appreciation Week
- 03/25/20 - Video Message from Our PSD School Board to Our PSD Community
- Will meals be provided to students during the school closure?
- How does PSD stay informed and make decisions?
- Why are PSD Schools closing, and for how long?
- How will school closures affect summer break?
- Will school closures impact state testing?
- Will health checks be mandatory to enter PSD buildings?
- As a first responder or healthcare worker, how can I access childcare?
- What are some resources for learning at home?
- Are there any internet hotspots available?
- Who can I contact with questions or comments?
The district has assembled a team of key leaders from across departments to coordinate planning, decision-making, and communications regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are in regular contact with Governor Inslee, the Washington State Department of Health, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Puget Sound Educational Service District, OSPI, emergency management, and other other school districts so that we can respond quickly to any changes in their recommendations, guidance, and direction. We are communicating frequently with staff about coronavirus and families as new information dictates.
On April 6th, 2020 Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The order keeps both public and private schools closed in accordance with the governor's original order on March 13.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will grant emergency waivers to districts closed due to the coronavirus to end the school year on Friday, June 19 at the latest.
At this time, PSD is planning on holding school during the snow make-up days already listed on the 2019-2020 calendar, which include May 22 and June 18-19. Students will not attend school past June 19 for the 2019-2020 school year.
As per the CDC’s and health department’s recommendations, all students, staff, and visitors entering a school building or other workplace will have health checks of temperature and respiratory symptoms beginning March 19, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.
Every school building/workplace will identify a single entrance point. A health check station will be established and each person accessing the building will be expected to sign in to the building and conduct a self-screening. Health Technicians and School Nurses will provide assistance with establishing the health check process.
If anyone entering a Peninsula School District building presents with the following symptoms, they should return home and contact their health care provider:
- Temperature > 100.4
- Respiratory Symptoms
- Shortness of breath
Watch a video on the health check process HERE.
Based on Governor Inslee's directive, families are encouraged to keep their children home but there are many who will be called upon to provide essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Peninsula School District is partnering with the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties to provide childcare for school age students of healthcare staff and first responders impacted by the mandated public school closures.
Contact (253) 530-1038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the intake process.
Care is offered Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at both Harbor Heights and Purdy Elementary Schools.
Please refer to the Child Care Aware website for more resources.
Here are some age-appropriate at-home resources to help students and families get started with learning while schools are closed. We’ve also included a suggested daily schedule of activities. Check out this link.
We appreciate the many people who have provided questions, concerns, and comments through our hotline (253-530-1111) and online form (click HERE).
We want you to know we are working diligently to answer all questions; however, many answers are still unknown as we continue to wait for guidance from Governor Inslee’s office, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The district must comply with their directions.
- What are our schools doing to stay safe and healthy?
- What does the district do to clean schools to prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- What can I do to protect myself and my family and prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- Who can I contact to find out more about COVID-19?
- What should you do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus?
- What should you do if you have confirmed or suspected coronavirus?
- What should you do if you have symptoms of coronavirus and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus?
We have implemented additional cleaning measures and continue to disinfect and clean all schools and buses.
Beginning March 19, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. as per the CDC’s and health department’s recommendations, all staff and visitors entering a building must perform a health check of temperature and respiratory symptoms.
Staff and visitors are reminded and encouraged to practice social distancing, proper hand washing techniques and healthy coughing and sneezing practices.
The district follows the cleaning guidelines established by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Our custodians and other staff are working diligently to disinfect all areas of our buildings, with special attention to 'high touch surfaces' and our buses. Schools play an important role to reduce the spread of diseases. Custodial staff keep our schools clean and safe. School nurses monitor absenteeism to help identify illness outbreaks. We teach students proper hand washing and basic hygiene to prevent the spread of germs.
For the most up-to-date information, visit www.tpchd.org/coronavirus.
Coronaviruses, including COVID-19, spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via coughing or sneezing. It may also spread by touching a surface or object with the virus on it. The same good health habits that prevent other viruses like the flu also prevent the spread of COVID-19 and decrease the risk of getting sick:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, with 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
- Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand), then throw tissue away and wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Keep students home if they are running a temperature, they report not feeling well, or appear weak or ill. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department offers these general guidelines to families for when to keep your child home.
Consult your health care provider if you or your child has health conditions that put you at increased risk.
To learn more about COVID-19, click on the following links:
- Washington State Dept. of Health
- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept.
- Centers for Disease Control
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet (English)
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet (Spanish)
- COVID-19 Facts - Video
Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 hotline: 1-800-525-0127 and press #