Reopening Schools

As we plan for the 2020-21 school year, the goal is to have students back in the classroom -- there is no substitute for in-person teaching and learning. But school may look different from what we’re used to, and we are planning for multiple scenarios, including the possibility of another shut-down.

Currently ‘Phase 3’ for Puyallup Schools

Due to COVID-19 metrics provided by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Puyallup School District is unlikely to return additional student to in-person instruction before the new year.  Elementary students are unlikely to return prior to January; secondary students are unlikely to return until February.  Currently, the District is providing in-person instruction to our most vulnerable students in small groups.  

At the District’s Reopening Town Hall Oct. 14, a phasing approach to reopening was presented to the community outlining decision metrics for permissive in-person instruction.  This phased approach maps to the guidelines provided by the Department of Health (DOH) Decision Tree and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Safe Start Metrics.   

Town Hall Resources:
Event Recording
Event Q&A

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Guiding Principles for Reopening

 • Prioritize anti-racist practices, including identity safety, culturally responsive teaching practices, and equity-minded (equity-driven) resource allocation

 • Provide high-quality, culturally responsive, and developmentally appropriate social emotional and academic learning

 • Reduce anxiety and stress for students, families, and staff providing predictability, and consistency while acknowledging the needs of families returning to work

 • Assure the health and safety (physical, intellectual, and emotional) of our students, families, and staff is a top priority

 • Mitigate, monitor, and manage spread of COVID-19