Overview of a Health Check
Each time someone enters a building, they will be asked to conduct a health check that includes a temperature reading. This aligns with the Washington State Department of Health screening guidance.
2020-2021 School Year Begins with Remote Learning Model
Peninsula School District students have begun the 2020-2021 school year with a remote learning model, called Remote Learning 2.0. Students are being brought back for in-person learning using a staged reentry approach.
This web page is dedicated to providing information, resources and communication updates. Thank you for partnering with us through this ever-changing and challenging time. We ask for your understanding as we continue through the school year with our staged reentry approach and dual platform model. We are committed to sharing information with staff and families as soon as it becomes available.
PSD is now in Stage 4 of the PSD Dial of Stages.
Remote learning continues for all students who elect to learn remotely. Those invited back for in-person learning at this time include:
- Developmental Preschool (Sept. 30 Start)
- Kindergarten (Sept. 28 Start)
- First Grade (Sept. 28 Start)
- Special Education (Sept. 8 Start, Additional Services in October)
- Select Small Groups (Sept. 8 Start)
We are aware of the recent upward trend of Pierce County's COVID-19 case rates. Metrics will continue to guide us in our decisions for moving between our PSD Dial of Stages. Barring a resurgence of cases such as seen in July, when the health department made mandatory decisions for all to begin the school year with remote learning, the metrics will help us as we move forward in our reopening decision making. The health and safety of our staff and students is paramount in these decisions about returning to in-person learning.
If the COVID-19 case count metrics move above of the Moderate category (25-75 cases per 100,000 population), as defined by the Department of Health's Decision Tree for the Provision of In-Person Learning, it could well cause our district to pause in our next steps.
We are in contact with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department several times per week.
Official Safe Start metrics may be found on the TPCHD website dashboard, which is updated daily with new content. TPCHD also has a web page for COVID-19 Information for Schools and Childcare, which is updated daily and includes metrics for schools.
Please continue to wear a mask, keep socially distant from others, and wash your hands frequently.
Dear PSD Staff and Families,
We want to share some important information with you about health and safety protocols in our schools and buildings this school year.
While we continue to carefully monitor a constantly changing health landscape, one thing remains steadfast: our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff. This priority is the foundation of all of our decisions moving forward to bring students back to school for in-person learning, for those who choose.
Here’s a quick peek into what our schools and buildings will look like with additional safety protocols in place.
Overall Health and Safety Protocols for Every School and Building
Here are the key things that you should know about our health and safety practices and protocols as we begin to welcome back staff and students for in-person learning.
Each time someone enters a building, they will be asked to conduct a health check that includes a temperature reading. This aligns with the Washington State Department of Health screening guidance. Please see this video about what's involved in a health check.
At all times, students and staff must wear face coverings protecting their nose and mouth while at school and on the bus. Few exceptions can be made for students and staff. Read more on our school reopening webpage.
Students and staff must maintain six feet of physical distance throughout the school day whenever possible, and anywhere on school grounds.
Schools and buildings are cleaned throughout the day and disinfected each night, with special attention to high-touch areas.
Face coverings, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies are readily available throughout every school and district building.
Every school has a building COVID-19 Building Site Coordinator who is prepared to respond in the event of a health concern at the school. They will work with the Building Response Team to respond to a COVID-19 case. They will also report suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases to the district COVID-19 Safety Coordinator. Read more in the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's School COVID-19 Case Response Toolkit.
Every school will have a designated isolation room for use in the event that a student becomes ill during the school day.
For more details on these and other policies, please see our school reopening webpage.
Although we are district leaders, we are also public school parents, former teachers, and principals, and know what it feels like to want the best possible education for your child while ensuring the health and safety of your entire family. We have collectively learned a lot since last spring — about the virus, the safety measures needed to keep everyone healthy and protected, and to react and respond to a health concern at school should the need arise.
We appreciate your partnership as we continue to do school differently this year.
COVID-19 Building Site Safety Plans are available on each school's website. A quick reference list to site plans is also available below.
Overview of a Health Check
A Peek Inside Our Schools
A look at our school buildings with additional safety protocols in place.
The latest version our Reopening Peninsula Schools Guidebook was updated on Wednesday, Oct. 7.
- If you have additional questions, please call 253.530.1000 or email email@example.com.
- The plan is grounded in guidance from OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction), feedback from stakeholders, and requirements from the state of Washington and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
- Please note, this guidebook is subject to updates and changes. Updated versions will be announced and shared.
- October 23, 2020 | A Message from Superintendent Jarvis
- October 22, 2020 | State of the District: Second Grade Family Intent Survey Results, Elementary and Middle School Conference Next Week, Transportation Staff Recognition Week, November 3 General Election, Free Drive-Thru Flu Clinics, Family Supports Website Resources
- October 14, 2020 | State of the District: Second Grade Intent Survey Sent, Other In-Person Learning Activities, Nutrition Services Staff Recognition Week, Community Partner Free Meal Kits, Health and Safety
- October 9, 2020 | A Message from Dr. Jarvis Regarding COVID-19 and the Status of In-Person Learning in PSD
- October 8, 2020 | State of the District: COVID-19 and the Status of In-Person Learning, Meal Applications, Internet Safety and Service, Virtual College Visits, High School Athletics FAQs
- October 2, 2020 | Pierce County COVID-19 Case Rates and PSD
- September 25, 2020 | K-1 Return and Updates for Next Week
- September 21, 2020 | Health & Safety Information
- September 15, 2020 | Air Quality Concerns for the Remainder of the Week
- September 14, 2020 | Air Quality Concerns and School for Tuesday, Sept. 15
- September 13, 2020 | Air Quality Concerns and School for Monday, Sept. 14
- September 11, 2020 | State of the District: K-1 Family Survey, Student Zoom Safety, Student Attendance, Free Meals, Safety Protocols
- September 8, 2020 | Welcome Back! - Scenes from our first day of school from throughout the district (Video)
- September 4, 2020 | PSD to Bring Back K-1 Students for In-Person Learning on Sept. 28 (Updated on 9/13/20)
- September 2, 2020 | State of the District: Welcome Back, Updated Guidebook, Survey Results, Free Meals, New Immunization Requirements
- August 25, 2020 | Planning to Reopen in Stage 3, Updated Guidebook, Family Survey
- August 17, 2020 | Board Approves Fall Reopening Plan and Other School Updates
- August 10, 2020 | Reopening Peninsula Schools Guidebook and Other School Updates
- August 5, 2020 | Remote Learning 2.0 Preview, Focus Groups
- July 24, 2020 | Peninsula School District Board Approves Reopening Plan
Archived Communication: Spring 2020
- 07/09/20 - Moving Forward Together - 2020 School Reopening Update
- 06/19/20 - State of the District #16 - Fall Reopening Plans, Summer Meal Program, Navy Program
- 06/09/20 - State of the District #15 - More updates on Plans for Fall
- 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
- 05/04/20 - Video Message from our PSD School Board for Teacher Appreciation Week
- 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 Update #9 - Update #9 in Spanish
- 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 - Video Message from Our PSD School Board to Our PSD Community
- 03/25/20 - State of the District Update #6 - Update #6 in Spanish
- 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 Update #2 - Update #2 in Spanish
- 03/17/20 - State of the District #2 - Free Lunch Pick-up Now Available
- 03/16/20 - State of the District Update #1- Update #1 in Spanish - Update #1 in Russian
- 03/16/20 - State of the District #1 - Schools Closed to In-Person Instruction through April 24
- 03/12/20 - Message from Dr. Jarvis - Message in Russian - Message in Spanish
- 03/12/20 - Message from PSD - Message In Spanish
- 03/09/20 - Message from PSD
- 03/03/20 - Message from Dr. Jarvis - Message in Russian
- 03/02/20 - Message from PSD - Message in Spanish
- 02/04/20 - Message from PSD
- 02/03/20 - Message from PSD
|Activity||Dates||Who Provided Input?|
|District leaders draft Guiding Principles for reopening.||May 14-21||District administrators|
|District convenes Reopening Advisory Committee to review Guiding Principles and discuss, based on initial state guidance, the likelihood of opening with a hybrid model with students attending in-person part time.||May 21-June 2||District and building administrators, certificated and classified staff, student, parents, community leaders|
|Survey is given to staff, students, and families asking for feedback on reopening plans. Over 1,300 responded, and all of the responses were read by district administrators and the Board of Directors.||June 5-14||Staff, students and families|
|Due to new state guidance “inviting all students back to school” and less strict physical distancing requirements than we were expecting, the district began building the outline of a “Dual Platform” plan to bring students who feel safe to attend in-person and offer remote learning for the others.||June 11-18||District administrators|
District recommends the “Dual Platform” plan, which is accepted by the Board of Directors.
|June 18||Board of Directors receives input from community through survey, emails, phone calls, etc|
|District leaders build detailed plans for the “in-person school” part of the plan, following state and health department guidelines; Department of Learning and Innovation (DLI) begins building the initial draft of the Remote Learning Guide.||June 19-July 10||District administrators|
|Another survey is given to the community; this one asks which students would elect to learn in-person and which students would choose remote. PSD received 4,270 responses to the survey. 71% chose the in-person option, 7% chose remote and 22% were undecided. Based on this information, PSD leaders continued planning for the Dual Platform reopening.||June 23-July 3||Students and families|
|District leaders meet with building leaders to revise initial drafts of the in-person plans.||July 13-17||District and building administrators|
|Draft of in-person plan shared with Peninsula Education Association, district leaders meet with PEA leaders to listen to feedback on the plans. PEA provided 11 pages of feedback from general membership meeting.||July 20, July 21||PEA leadership and membership|
|District leaders meet with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in the county , district leaders are told TPCHD recommends students begin the year in remote learning.||July 22||District administrators|
|The district changes the recommendation, and the Board approves a district plan to start in stage 2 with almost all students beginning school on Sept. 8 in Remote Learning 2.0, with the intention of adding student groups when virus conditions improve.||July 23||Community members speaking at the Board of Directors meeting and communicating in other ways such as email and phone calls.|
|Building administrators meet to discuss the remote learning plan, primarily to build out detailed daily schedules.||July 27-31||District and building Administrators|
|Building certificated leadership teams and in some instances, broader certificated staff representatives, meet to discuss remote learning plan, focusing primarily on daily schedules.||Aug. 3-7||Certificated leadership teams and, in some instances, broader staff representation|
|The district convenes fall reopening focus groups: At the conclusion of each focus groups all attendees fill out a form; feedback is summarized and provided to DLI for Guide revision and to School Board prior to the August 13 Study Session meeting.||Aug. 7, 10, 11||PSD certificated staff, PSD students, and families|
|Draft of Reopening Peninsula Schools Guidebook made available to PSD staff and community.||Aug. 10||PSD certificated staff, PSD students and families|
|Building staff meet to create more detailed building-based student schedules which are guided by the district templates presented in the guidebook.||Aug. 10 -Aug. 21||All district staff|
|Board of Directors Study Session meeting.||Aug. 13||Board considers all focus group input for staff and community; Board votes on plan to submit to state. Public comments are submitted|
|District certificated staff prepare to provide outstanding remote instruction.||July - Sept. 8 and beyond||
DLI is providing training opportunities
Staff independent are finding and participating in training events
|District leaders continue working on stages planning (the dial), which includes following the state guide for using establish metrics when deciding when to “turn the dial” and allow additional students on campus.||Aug 14 - Sept 8 and beyond||District will engage stakeholders in the planning|
PSD is committed to providing outstanding educational services in the fall of 2020 and for the duration of the COVID-19 health crisis, regardless of the modifications necessitated by changes in state and federal guidance. We will have prepared contingencies in order to be flexible as the modification guidance changes and will adapt instructional services as necessary to meet the needs of all students.
We will create strong systems and protocols based on most current CDC guidance to ensure the physical health for everyone in school, regardless of age or role.
In-person learning is a priority for all students. Our first goal is to provide full-day in-person learning for all. We will support students who choose a remote learning option. If, due to social distancing restrictions, we cannot provide full day or every day in-person learning for all students, we will prioritize more in-person learning time for those least able to learn at high levels remotely, but we still keep some in-person learning for all. Note: Remote learning in the fall will not replicate spring of 2020 emergency continuous learning, but instead will replicate in-person learning as closely as possible, including engaging lessons, grading, assignments, student collaboration, etc.
Decisions are made with an equity lens; this includes considerations for traditionally marginalized students, students demonstrating gaps, and students who rely on school support. Equity does not mean all students get the same things; it means all students get what they need to be successful.
Provide Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) through well developed and well implemented curriculum, instruction, and systems of support (multi-tiered).
Create strong academic multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to ensure students receive the proper instruction, time, and support needed to succeed.
Provide robust professional learning for all: certificated, classified, administrators, and parents.
Continue to seek input from all stakeholders at various points as our new systems are created and refined.