Health and Safety
What is COVID-19?
According to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD), human coronaviruses form a large family of viral illnesses that includes the common cold. If you’ve ever been sick with a runny nose, cough or sore throat, you likely had a form of coronavirus. Coronaviruses vary greatly in severity and in how they transmit. For more information, visit the CDC website.
Link to health department COVID-19 FAQs. Coronavirus informational flyer in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese or Russian.
Currently, Pierce County is in MODERATE activity level.
COVID-19 activity levels (per 100,000 of population):
HIGH: >350 cases; test positivity above 10%
MODERATE: 50-350 cases; test positivity of 5-10%
LOW <50 cases; test positivity below 5%
The district is working closely with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department in monitoring county COVID-19 cases and following the Washington State Department of Health Decision Tree in planning and response.
Ensuring the safety of students and staff is the district’s top priority and is an important focus as we transition through the district’s 6 Stages of Return to Learning in our schools. Safety plans and protocols in place, for regular cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing, face coverings, transportation, meals, daily routines, following health department protocols in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 and more.
COVID-19 Safety and Mitigation
Learn more in our COVID-19 Safety and Mitigation Video.
Everyone has an important role!
- Complete your wellness screening before arriving to school
- Wear face coverings/mask
- Frequent hand washing/hand sanitizer
- Maintain social distancing
- Follow safety protocols and instructions from staff members
- Parents: It is important to notify your child’s principal if you child is sick, has been exposed to or tested for COVID-19, even if your student is learning remotely.
Safety protocols are in place that are followed by students, staff and visitors to district facilities. In the event a COVID-19 case is reported to the district, the health department will provide guidance on contact tracing, notifications and any additional measures.
- Individuals who are determined to have potential close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or more) will be notified regarding testing and quarantine.
- A weekly report of confirmed cases by location will be provided on the district website.
Daily Wellness Screening
- Staff and guardians will fill out a health acknowledgement form for their child each morning through Skyward Family Access before going to school. The form will require guardians to acknowledge that their child does not have any symptoms that may be associated with COVID-19 and has not come in contact with a known case of COVID-19 in the previous 14 days.
- You can access Skyward Family Access at this link. Students who do not have a health acknowledgement submitted for them before arriving at school will have their temperature taken by a staff member before entering the building.
- Videos: How to Complete a Daily Wellness Screening (English) (Espanol)
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Schools and buildings are conducting increased daily cleaning and disinfecting of high-traffic areas, doors, counters and places that are high-touch points and very public, as well as horizontal surfaces.
Restrooms, health rooms and drinking fountains are disinfected multiple times during the day. Guidelines and supplies for cleaning desks and tables were provided for each classroom, and staff members clean and sanitize high-touch areas throughout the day. Additionally, buses are cleaned and disinfected twice daily, as well as in between routes.
Face Coverings and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Students and staff are required to wear face coverings when on the school bus and at school. Face coverings may be removed during eating. Recess and outdoor activities will require face coverings and social distancing.
The district provides face coverings for all students and staff members. Students should bring face coverings every day, but extras are on hand if a student arrives to the bus or school.
Staff members will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) commensurate with their role and interaction with others. Information on how to properly put on and take off PPE is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: