Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates
Providing a safe and healthy learning environment is our highest priority. The district is working closely with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and monitoring reports of a new respiratory virus, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
These reports and the increasing number of cases across the region and nation can naturally cause worry for staff and families.
The school district relies on the guidance and recommendations from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Washington State Department of Health. We will keep staff and families informed of any updates.
Governor Inslee has now ordered the closure of all schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Starting Tuesday, March 17, our schools will close through Friday, April 24.
- Our schools will operate on a half-day early release schedule tomorrow, March 13, to complete our final day of parent-teacher conferences.
- Monday, March 16, will be a full school day.
- Beginning Tuesday, March 17, schools will be closed for students.
We are finalizing plans to support our families during the closure in the following ways:
- Providing meals to children
- Providing childcare for our families of first responders and healthcare workers during the closure, following the guidance of Gov. Inslee
- Providing support, if required by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, to our 12th graders to ensure they complete graduation requirements
We will keep families informed via telephone, email, text, website and social media channels. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work together to get through the daily challenges the coronavirus COVID-19 has presented us.
In-person parent-teacher conferences canceled March 11-13
Due to order by Washington state Governor Jay Inslee restricting public gatherings of 250 people or more in our county, Clover Park School District will not hold in-person parent-teacher conferences scheduled at our schools Wednesday, March 11, through Friday, March, 13.
Instead, teachers will call families during their regularly scheduled time for phone conferences. Senior presentations, because they are held in small groups, will continue as scheduled.
Schools will continue this week on half-day early release schedules.
For those families who cannot participate in a phone conference, the district will provide more information about new times and dates for conferences when that information is available.
Prevention is key.
The health department confirms ways to prevent and protect yourself against COVID-19 are the same as protecting against colds and flu and advises these simple yet important preventative measures. Please review and practice these measures with your child(ren):
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. (Or, cover your face by coughing or sneezing into your sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.)
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
- Stay at home and away from others if you are sick
- Get the flu shot (if able)
District and school preparedness
Additional cleaning is already taking place at schools with higher absences due to common illnesses like cold and flu. Custodial staff are also taking extra measures in their daily cleaning and disinfecting of schools and high touch/traffic areas, including school buses.
The district is working closely with the health department regarding its planning and response and will keep staff and families informed of key information or changes that would impact schools.
Upcoming Field Trips
As part of our response plan, we are reviewing all field trip requests that are currently scheduled districtwide. Decisions on whether field trips will continue will be made weekly on a case-by-case basis.
Families will be notified if any currently scheduled field trips are canceled.
Click on the link to review answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19.
We will update this website with information and resources as things change and send notifications using our SchoolMessenger system. Please review your contact information (cell phone and email) and update with the main office of your child’s school to ensure you receive information.
The Washington State Department of Health has also created a call center to answer questions about the virus. Call 800-525-0127 and press # for assistance. Please contact your primary health provider if you have specific health-related questions.
More information is also available from the following links: