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    UPDATE 7/27/2020

    Dear Families:

    We reported to our families early last week that our School Board would make its final decision for reopening schools on August 7th and to expect an announcement to be made on our social media, website and through our automated family messaging system. Last week, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department notified school districts that due to the rise COVID-19 outbreaks, it is not safe to open schools in-person this fall. After seeking guidance from the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority (PTHA), we know that our plans to reopen Chief Leschi Schools – plans that were guided by the parents that participated in our reopening schools survey last month, would have to change.

    Our School Board and staff acknowledge that this decision is not ideal for our students or our families. Based on the current status of coronavirus outbreaks, guidance from PTHA and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, we must concentrate on the health and safety of our students and staff.

    Our goal was, and will always be, to have in-person classroom instruction. Based on our 2020-21 school year survey results from this past June, 86 percent of our families wanted our schools to reopen and have in-person instruction as well. Over the past month, as we reviewed options for reopening schools, our first option was to have on-site and in-person attendance four days a week, Tuesday through Friday for all students, with Monday serving as a support day for students who need additional support.

    Our second option was a hybrid model with elementary students attending on-site instruction four days a week, Tuesday through Friday. Secondary students would attend in-person instruction on a split schedule, with half of our students 6th-12th grade attending on Tuesday and Thursday and the other half attending Wednesday and Friday. When not attending on-site/in-person instruction, students would attend classes online.

    Unfortunately, due to the rise of COVID-19 cases, we will be reopening with our third option: resume online/ distance learning instruction version 2.0. This will include full instructional day, four days a week, Tuesday through Friday. Monday afternoon will be designated as online support time for students in need of additional learning support, as identified in an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP); current student assessment data; or graduation credit retrieval plan. We recognize that distance learning cannot fully meet the needs of some students, and we are evaluating the extent to which we can safely provide therapeutic services to students who need them. We are unable to predict how long we will remain in full-time online learning system. We will continue to rely on the guidance from PTHA and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health officials.

    Our food service program will begin again starting the first day of school, Wednesday, September 2nd for families needing the service. We will be utilizing the list we last used in June for food service in September. If you would like to be added to the list to receive free breakfast and lunch meal service for students that attend CLS, or would like to cancel, please call our front office at (253)445-6000, ext. 3015 or email meals@leschischools.org by Friday, August 28th to begin receiving meals the first day of school. If you find that you will need meals after this date, please email or call before noon the day before you would want to start receiving meals.

    We will be communicating more detailed information about the online instruction as we get closer to the start of the school year.

    Thank you for supporting our schools.

     

    Sincerely,

    Marc Brouillet

    Superintendent

     

    Read Dr. Chen Director of Health from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department statement to Superintendents here

     

     


    UPDATE 7/24/2020

    As an update to our message earlier this week, and the announcement made by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department last night, we are in communication with the School Board, Tribal Council, Puyallup Tribal Health Authority and Tacoma-Pierce County Department as to next steps for the upcoming school year. Please expect an announcement made on Monday, July 27th with additional details.


    UPDATE 7/20/2020

    As we monitored the raise in COVID-19 outbreaks, the School Board will make it's final decision on reopening schools for the 2020-21 school year on August 7th. Expect an announcement available on social media, our website (www.leschischools.org), and our family communication system. 

     


    UPDATE 7/6/2020

     

    “The health and safety of our community is one of Tribal Council’s top priorities. Effective July 6, we are requiring individuals to wear face coverings in most situations while on Tribal property.”

    Read more at: http://news.puyalluptribe-nsn.gov/

     


    UPDATE 5/6/2020

     

    Due to the COVID-19 school closures, Chief Leschi Schools end of the year senior celebrations will be postponed. We still want to offer our seniors opportunities to celebrate in traditional activities once restrictions are lifted, under the guidelines of the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority (PTHA)Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

     


    UPDATE 4/6/2020

     

    Today, Governor Inslee announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, in order to slow the spread of COVD-19 (coronavirus). During this closure, our schools will remain closed. Without these restrictions, public health authorities have told us the rate of the infection will overwhelm the healthcare system.

     

    We acknowledge continued school closures are difficult on students, staff, families, and the entire community. This is disappointing news for all of us: students miss their friends and teachers, and we miss our students and families. In the meantime, here is what we know:

    • Continuous learning will continue in the same format as long as schools are closed. We are committed to continuing to partner with families and community to support our students' learning while they are at home.
      • This means academic packets will continue to be uploaded on to our website and be handed out to families through April 20 - April 24.
      • We are working on a viable laptop/Internet support for our students - starting with our seniors and working down the grade levels. 
      • Our goal is to begin online instructional activities the week of April 27. There will be more information to come in the next two weeks. 

     

    Please, stay home as much as possible and stay healthy. Even while staying home, it is important to practice excellent hygiene and sanitation. Staying home and limiting person-to-person contact appears to be making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19, but those measures need to continue in order to be effective long-term. As much as possible, limit trips for groceries, gas and essentials, and stay 6 feet apart from people outside of your home. Additionally:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 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.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

     

    We appreciate your patience as we as navigate these unprecedented times. We will provide updates as we are able. 

     


    UPDATE 3/12/2020 - SCHOOL CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT

     

    Chief Leschi Families and Students,

     

    This afternoon, Governor Inslee announced his emergency proclamation of the closing of all schools in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. Under the guidance of Puyallup Tribal Council, our School Board, Puyallup Tribal Health Authority, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, we will be closing our schools effective Monday, March 16th until Friday, April 24th. Tomorrow, Friday, March 13th our schools will remain open and will run on a regular schedule.

     

    We understand this raises many questions and implications including school meals, graduation, and so much more. We are working on plans to address a range of impacts, and we will be in communication as we work through these issues.

     

    Please make sure that your contact information is up to date in our family messaging system. Please call one of our main offices at (253)445-6000 to update your information. Elementary extension: 3001; Secondary extension: 3002

     

    This will be the first of several communications over the coming days based on the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

     


     

    UPDATE 3/11/2020

     

    The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount, and we are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19.

     

    We have no known cases of COVID-19 among staff and students in Chief Leschi Schools.

     

    Based on the governor’s press conference this morning, we will be enacting several safety measures based on our governor’s guidance related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We understand that these new safety measures may cause hardship on some of our families, but these new measures are to protect and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, we will be cancelling our Parent Dinner for March. Please be prepared for future Parent Dinners and future events to be suspended as well.

     

    We will also be changing our parent conference format for next week (Wednesday, March 18th – Friday, March 20th). Instead of in-person parent conferences, teachers will be calling parents during their scheduled parent conference time. Please be prepared for May’s parent conference times to be in this same format.

     

    As the coronavirus continues to affect our region, we want our community to know that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Currently, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is not recommending school closures. But, they are recommending that we prepare for a closure that could last up to weeks or months.

     

    REMINDERS:

    • The DOH recognizes that hand washing is the number one defense to any illness and/or virus. It is especially important to wash your hands before you eat or touch your face. 
    • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home. This is the season where sickness is prevalent, so please keep this in mind during the attention that coronavirus is receiving that many other illnesses are making their rounds. As a reminder, please keep your child home if they have the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhea. Your student should be free of fever of 24 hours without fever lowering medicine prior to returning to school. Student should also have no episodes of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours prior to returning to school. 
    • If you or your student have been around a person diagnosed with COVID-19, contact your health care provider or call the Washington State Department of Health hotline at 1-800-525-0127.

     

    Additional Resources:

     

    Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department coronavirus information page

    Washington State Health Department coronavirus information page

     

    We will be updating our website, social media, and using our family email notification system Blackboard. Please stay tuned for updates and additional news.

     

    If you have a student that is becoming frightened and anxious about the news of COVID-19, Seattle Children’s hospital released a helpful article regarding this topic: 

    Helping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19

     


     

    UPDATE 3/10/2020

     

    Chief Leschi administration and nurses continue to be in regular communication with Puyallup Tribal Health Authority (PTHA) and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. As recommended by the the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, we are focusing on our rountine cleaning of our schools, buildings, and buses. We also continue to stay in communication with surrounding school districts. 

     

    We have no known cases of COVID-19 among students and staff at Chief Leschi Schools. At this time, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is not recommending school closures or cancel activities. 

     

    REMINDERS:

    • The DOH recognizes that hand washing is the number one defense to any illness and/or virus. It is especially important to wash your hands before you eat or touch your face. 
    • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze.
    • If your child is sick, please keep them home. This is the season where sickness is prevalent, so please keep this in mind during the attention that coronavirus is receiving that many other illnesses are making their rounds. As a reminder, please keep your child home if they have the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhea. Your student should be free of fever of 24 hours without fever lowering medicine prior to returning to school. Student should also have no episodes of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours prior to returning to school. 
    • If you or your student have been around a person diagnosed with COVID-19, contact your health care provider or call the Washington State Department of Health hotline at 1-800-525-0127.

     

    Additional Resources:

     

    Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department coronavirus information page

    Washington State Health Department coronavirus information page

     


     

    UPDATE 3/6/2020

     

    At this time, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is not recommending school closures. 

     

    You do need to take specific actions now to help keep your family safe:

    • Wash your hands! Do so often. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your face. Especially with unwashed hands. Your eyes, nose, and mouth are open doors for germs.
    • Avoid people who are sick. Steer clear of illnesses if possible. 
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes. Hold a tissue over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Then throw that tissue away, and, again, WASH YOUR HANDS!
    • Clean things. Disinfect objects and surfaces often. 
    • Stay home if you're sick. This isn't the time to tough it out and leave your home if you're not feeling well. 
    • Call first. If you or a family member are sick and plan to seek care, call first. Our healthcare partners need to prepare for people who are showing symptoms--or direct you to the appropriate resource. 
    • Stay informed. Follow and share trusted sources of accurate public health information. 
    • Visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department for more information: www.tpchd.org/coronavirus

     


     

    UPDATE: 3/4/2020

     

    The health and safety of our students and staff is paramount, and our administration and Tribal Council have been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 . While there have been no reports of coronavirus exposure by our staff and students, under the guidance of Tribal Council, and in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will be postponing all-school Circle on Friday’s until further notice. In the interim, Culture staff will hold jam sessions for students as they exit the bus. Individual school Circles scheduled for Monday’s will continue.

     

    In addition, our Pow Wow scheduled for Friday, March 27th has been postponed until further notice.

     

    Please be checking our website and social media for any additional updates.

     


     

    Posted 3/2/2020

     

    Chief Leschi community,

     

    Our administration, Puyallup Tribal Health Authority, and nurse have been closely monitoring the worldwide outbreak and spread of respiratory illnesses caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). There have been no reports of the coronavirus exposure by our staff and students. We are adhering to the guidelines from the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority (PTHA) and Pierce County Health Department. Our schools will remain open.

     

    While there have been no reports of coronavirus exposure, for the health and safety of our students and staff, we want to share some information, resources, and proactive steps for our families at home can utilize and what our schools are doing to help safeguard our school community’s health.

     

    Where can families find accurate information about the coronavirus?

     

    What is CLS doing to proactively keep our school community as heathy as possible?

    • Our administration and nurses are in constant communication with PTHA and the Pierce County Health Department. We are also in communication with surrounding school districts. 
    • As recommended by the Pierce County Health Department, we are focusing on our routine cleaning of our schools. We are stocking up our staff and classrooms with disinfectant and sanitize wipes.
    • Hand sanitizer is made available at all of main offices to help reduce the spread of germs.

     

    What cleaning is happening?

    Cleaning is our top priority. As recommended by the DOH, we are focusing on our routine cleaning of our schools and frequently touched surfaces. This includes but not limited to:

    • Main office and reception area
    • Nursing station
    • Entryway door handles
    • Classroom door handles
    • Classroom counters, desktops, chairs, and sinks
    • Cafeteria table surfaces
    • Restrooms
    • Other building touchpoints

    Currently, there is no specific cleaner recommended for COVID-19, so we will continue to use our current approved cleaning products. 

     

    What can we do as a community to help stop the spread of illnesses, including the flu and coronavirus?

    • The DOH identities that hand washing is the number one defense to any illness and virus. It is especially important to wash your hands before you touch your face and eating.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose unless your hands are thoroughly cleaned.
    • Thoroughly wash hands before you eat. It is recommended to wash your hands with warm water and wash for at least 20 seconds. Singing the ABC’s or “Happy Birthday” may help with washing hands for that long, especially with children, as they are about 20 seconds long.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • If your child is sickplease keep them home. This is the season where sickness is prevalent, so please keep in mind during the attention that coronavirus is receiving that many other illnesses are making their rounds. As a reminder, please keep your child home if they have the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhea. Your student should be free of fever for 24 hours without fever lowering medication prior to returning to school. Students should also have no episodes of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
    • If you suspect you may have been exposed to the coronavirus and are not experiencing life-threatening conditions like shortness of breath, please call your doctor’s office. Nurses and doctors will be able to advise whether you need to be seen.

     

     How does our administration determine whether to close or not?

    • Our administration works closely with PTHA and the Pierce County Health Department. Schools that decide to close have done so because it has been a confirmed student, staff or community member who has been in the school has been exposed to or contracted by COVID-19. At this time, this has not happened in our schools. The decision to close a school is a big one, and therefore we will continue to look for guidance from PTHA and the Pierce County Health Department if such a decision is needed.
    • Currently, at this time, the Health Department is not recommending closures for cleaning, cancellation of events, or stockpiling protective equipment. But it is time to plan, so please use these tips to prepare. 

     

    How can I plan?

    Chief Leschi Schools encourages our parents to have plans in place, especially for those with younger children. Actions to take include:

    • Finding alternative childcare arrangements for your children in case of school closure. 
    • Talking to your neighbors and other parents in your child's school about sharing childcare duties if your children are well but the school is closed. 
    • Talking to your employer about policies for working from home or shifting work schedules or responsibilities if schools are dismissed or you become sick. 

    If you have questions or concerns…

    The Washington State DOH has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions, about what is happening, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

     

    Next steps?

    Our schools are working to diligently to monitor the situation. We plan to update our community if there is any additional information that becomes available. Please look for updates on our website and on our social media. Please expect that automated phone calls from our Blackboard Connect family notification system will only be used for school closures.

     

    Additional Resources:

     

    https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus/Schools