2020-21 School Year Latest Updates and Guidance

Posted 12/18/2020

 

Good day CLS families,

 

Earlier this week, Governor Inslee announced new guidelines to reopening schools. This new guidance will be helpful in our plans to bring students back to in person learning. However, we expect that the COVID-19 infection rates will increase after the holiday break and into January. We feel it is too early to set a concrete date on bringing back our students in a safe manner; the earliest would be no sooner than the end of February. The decision to have students return will be based on the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority, Puyallup Tribal Council and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Departments guidance and the approval from our School Board. We will continue to monitor the case count per 100,000.

 

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff and we are committed to transparent communication with our school community. Our plan to bring students back has been developing since we transitioned to online learning last March. As we draw closer to the opportunity to bring back our students in the best possible way, we will release information on how the schedule for our elementary and secondary students will look and how we will be supporting our students and staff’s health and safety while they are on campus.

 

We are now almost a year into distance learning and we certainly did not expect to be in this position for this long. Our goal is to create the best possible student centered schedule, therefore we are revising our instructional schedule to better fit the needs of our students. Our mornings will be dedicated to direct instruction from our teachers while afternoons will be set aside for additional support for students in small groups or individually. This instructional schedule will begin after we return from school on Monday, January 4. Please click here for the schedule. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s teacher or assigned principal.

 

If anything this year has taught us is that Warriors are resilient. We hope our school community stays safe and healthy this winter break. We hope to see you in person soon.

 

huy’

Marc Brouillet

Superintendent

 

 


Posted 11/17/2020

 

Good day CLS families,

 

Over the weekend, Governor Inslee issued new restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. The CLS and the K12 education system is exempt from the new restrictions, which means we will continue to provide Distance Learning 2.0 instruction. Unfortunately, due to the high rate of new COVID cases, it looks like we will be continuing in Distance Learning for the foreseeable future.  The current 14-Day Case Rate Per 100,000 in Pierce County is 196.7, up from 51 on September 24th.  As we move further into the school year, we are closely monitoring students that are struggling. We will be communicating with families on how we can better support you and your students learning during this time.

 

As we head into the holiday season, we encourage our school community to please practice physical distancing, wear your mask, and open a window when you are inside to get some fresh air and be cautious of potential exposure. You can read additional tips on how to keep you and your family safe during the holidays on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Departments blog.

 

Distance Learning 2.0 Support Reminders

Technology Support

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 helpdesk@leschischools.org for support. Also, be sure to check out our technology and video guides on our website.

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 meals@leschischools.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 physical distancing are required.

 

Moving Forward

As always, we will continue to monitor the health data and continue to follow the guidance from the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Mask up, practice physical distancing, and be cautious of potential exposure. We can get through this, Warriors.

 

huy’

Marc Brouillet

Superintendent

 


Posted 10/7/2020

 

 

Chief Leschi Families:

 

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

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 helpdesk@leschischools.org 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 meals@leschischools.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.

 

Next steps

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.

 

huy’,

Marc Brouillet

Superintendent

 

 


Posted 9/29/2020

 

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.

 

huy’,

Marc Brouillet

Superintendent

Superintendent Marc Brouillet