This is an update to our message last week regarding remaining in our Distance Learning 2.0 model while we monitored the rise in infection rates of the coronavirus. We understand that neighboring school districts have reversed their plans and to stay in distance learning due to the recommendation from Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department late last week. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has advised that all school districts remain in distance learning until the infection rate of the coronavirus reduces.
Keep Our Community Safe
In our own community in a letter released from Puyallup Tribal Health Authority (PTHA), Dr. Shelton stated that we are fortunate to have made it this far with so few cases, but that Pierce County is most likely in a second wave with the increased infection rates over the past few weeks. He also pointed out that as we head into the colder months that we will begin to spend more time indoors. We encourage our community to wear your masks, practice physical distancing (6 feet apart from those not in your immediate family), when inside open a window to get some fresh air and be cautious of potential exposure. We are also in flu season and it is a great time to get your flu shot. PTHA will be opening flu shot clinics starting next week.
Distance Learning 2.0 Support Reminders
Technology Support is available Monday through Friday 8 AM to 3 PM on the secondary side of campus. When you arrive, call 253-445-5001. You can also email email@example.com for support.
Food Service Support
We provide door-to-door food service to enrolled students who need it. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email or call before noon the day before you would want to start receiving meals.
Connecting with Our Culture
Since the school closures in March, we have begun live streaming our school day and culture tradition Circle. Our Communications Department live streams Circle on our official Facebook and YouTube Mondays starting at 10:30 AM and Fridays starting at 10:10 AM. Please join us and participate in the dances and songs at home! Staff are allowed to join in on Circle; masks and social (physical) distancing are required.
Our top priority is the safety, health and wellbeing of our school community. We will continue to monitor the health data and continue following the guidance from PTHA and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. As stated above, please mask up, practice physical distancing and be on the lookout for flu shot clinics offered by PTHA.
Chief Leschi Families,
We know our community and families have been anticipating reopening our schools since the school closures last March. We also know that some surrounding school districts, public and private, are reopening. However, there are several nearby districts, like Chief Leschi, that remain in the monitoring stages before we reopen our schools to in-person learning. Based on the projection of COVID-19 infection rates and the rise in cases, we feel it is too soon to welcome back students to in-person learning.
We will continue to follow the guidelines from the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Our top priority is the safety, health, and wellbeing of our students and staff. We want to welcome back students and not have to say goodbye again until next summer, so we are taking the precautions to do so.
In the meantime, on behalf of all of our staff, want to thank you for your generous support, patience and grace as we navigate this turbulent time together.