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COVID-19 Update: April 10

UPDATED Friday, April 10, 2020

Dear Students, Families, and Staff, 

Hopefully everyone had a chance to enjoy some sunshine this week even if was for a short period of time in the comfort of your own yard or on break while at work. Starting next Tuesday, April 14th, learning will continue for Puyallup School District students.   

The Puyallup School District is committed to the success of all students during this extended school closure. Our instructional leadership team comprised of district directors, school administrators, our Educational Technology staff and teachers have worked diligently over the last several weeks to design meaningful and continuous learning opportunities for students. On a weekly basis, students and families can expect our teachers to design learning opportunities, develop student schedules, contact families, teach content, deliver flexible instruction, and engage families.  

Students and families can expect weekly learning opportunities that build on students’ strengths, interests, and needs. What you can expect as a parent or guardian is weekly communication from your child’s teacher or teachers, this will either be in the form of an email or phone call. Teachers will provide a daily schedule that will account for academic work and other suggestions to help support your child at home. The minimum educational work will depend on the age of the child. 
Recommended guidelines that are developmentally appropriate for maximum student commitment each day are as follows: 

  • • Preschool: 30 minutes  
  • • Grades K-1: 45 minutes 
  • • Grades 2-3: 60 minutes 
  • • Grades 4-6: 90 minutes 
  • • Grades 7-8: 20 minutes per class (2.5 hours maximum per day) 
  • • Grades 9-12: 30 minutes per class (3 hours maximum per day) 

If your child has a device and internet at home, they will have access to many educational resources through their Clever account. These educational resources can be accessed by your child at any time. You can find out more information about these educational resources on our district’s Family Resources page on the Puyallup School District website. If you do not have access to a device or are sharing devices as a family, you can expect your child’s teacher to provide paper copies to support you at home. School principals and teachers will schedule pick up times for you to access these materials. If you are not able to pick up materials please let your teachers know, so that an alternative plan can be made. 

Although our traditional way of delivering instruction to students is not possible at this time, we guarantee that continuous learning will take place. District staff is working hard to plan for the needs of your children. We also know that this extended school closure has caused an additional burden on all of our families.  We know, that a child’s first teacher is their parent or guardian. Even in normal times, a child’s success in school is the outcome of principals, teachers, and families working together.  We know we are asking a lot of our families during the extended school closure and now more than ever, we say “thank you” as we all need to work together to ensure the success of our students during this unprecedented time in our lives.  

Stay safe and well, 
Dr. Pecchia 

Click here to learn more about Puyallup School District's Continuous Learning Plan: Continuous Learning Plan