Superintendent video update Oct. 9, 2020

Superintendent video update Oct. 9, 2020
Posted on 10/09/2020
This message was sent this afternoon to Tahoma families and staff:

Dear Tahoma families,

Superintendent Mike Hanson recorded this video update about the increase in COVID-19 cases in King County, and how that may influence Tahoma's timing on bringing back students in preschool through grade 2 on our planned date of Oct. 19.

In a nutshell, he shares that we’re watching COVID-19 rates closely, and talking with Public Health – Seattle & King County to ensure that we’re ready for some of our preschool-grade 2 students whose families have chosen in-person instruction to return to our buildings. We’ll make a final call based on the latest numbers by next Wednesday, Oct. 14, about the scheduled return of those grades on Oct. 19. Families with students in grades K-2 will also receive their teacher placement information on Oct. 14.

Next week we’ll share additional information with you about bus schedules and rules, how drop-off and pick-up will work, what to expect during recess and lunch, and what classrooms will look like. Face coverings will be required for all students and staff, along with six-foot distancing and good hand washing and hygiene.

Thank you,
Tahoma Communications Office

In case you prefer to read Mr. Hanson’s message, here is the transcript:

Hi, Tahoma families,
(I) want to give you a quick update on re-entry, as well as talk about some of the recent news coming out from the state and the county. As we’ve been talking about for the last two weeks, we’ve seen an uptick in COVID cases within King County, and we’re monitoring those closely.

In our conversations with Public Health of Seattle & King County, they’re attributing much of the increase to the outbreak in the Greek System at the University of Washington, as well as out at the Salish Lodge. But, we’ll continue to monitor those, and we should know by next Wednesday, (October) 14th, whether we’re a “go” or “no go” on bringing our K-2 classes back.

Additionally, you may have heard we had our first positive COVID case for one of our students, and our thoughts and prayers are with that family, as well as the families of those also impacted by this, and also our staff members who are impacted by this as well.

We’ve been working closely with Public Health of Seattle & King County, ensuring that all of our safety protocols are being followed, and we’re ready to bring kids back as safely as we can.

Additionally, you may have seen news from our governor regarding loosening up some of the restrictions around school athletics. Our district Athletic Director is in close communication with some of our surrounding school districts, interpreting what the governor has put out, and figuring out a plan for how can we bring back kids safely regarding athletics. So, keep your ears open for that, and we expect to have an update fairly soon.

I look forward to updating you next week. Have a safe weekend.
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