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COVID-19 News and Updates

December 18 

Message from Superintendent Herndon – Re-Opening of Schools

Tukwila School District Community,

I am sure by now you have heard about Governor Inslee’s modification to the DOH decision tree on reopening schools. While the numbers may have changed, our procedural guidance has not. We will continue to work with the King County Department of Health, our labor partners and surrounding school districts. I have had two meetings with area Superintendents over the last three days and the responses range from some districts bringing students back the first week of January to other districts staying with their original plans to bring students back in late January/early February.  

Our process for bringing students back on campus in larger numbers involves collaborating and working with staff, families, and community members as well as Puget Sound Education Service District and other surrounding school districts.  This will provide the planning teams with opportunities to share best practices such as student schedules, transportation logistics, meal services and sanitation of school buildings. 

Click link for full letter: Re-Opening of Schools


November 16

Dear Tukwila School District Community,

In the last few days, the King County Department of Health has recorded record high cases of positive COVID-19 diagnoses in both King County and Washington state. In response, Governor Jay Inslee provided updated health and safety guidance during his public address on the morning of Sunday, November 15th. The full guidance document can be found here: Governor Inslee's Health and Safety Guidance Document

Governor Inslee did not declare any significant changes to our current practices for face-to-face learning for students receiving Special Education. Please know we continue our commitment to maintaining safe, healthy, and clean environments for all Tukwila students and staff. 

Click link for full letter: Superintendent Letter - Health & Safety Updates


October 23

All Tukwila School District Staff and Families,

Thank you for all that you do each day to support your students as we continue with distance learning. As we head into the weekend, I want to update you regarding COVID-19 health metrics and my thoughts about how we are progressing in the 2020-21 school year.

You may have heard in the media that cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again in King County after two months of decline. This increasing rate places the county in the high-risk range for COVID-19 activity (75+ cases per 100,000 residents over a 2-week period) per the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) Decision Tree for the Provision of In-Person Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Given this trend, expanding to an in-person hybrid learning model before the end of the first semester (January) appears unlikely. However, we will continue to track any changes in data or new information based on improvements in a scientific approach to reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Click link for full memo: Memo from the Superintendent - October 2020 Update


October 2

All Tukwila School District Staff and Families 

As we close out the month of September and our first few weeks of school, I’d like to thank all of the staff for their hard work and perseverance in supporting our students and families. I’d also like to thank and appreciate all of our students and families for attending classes and supporting our schools. This is not the school year that any of us wanted or imagined, but it is where we find ourselves.

Although the school year started with remote learning, we continue to monitor county health metrics to determine the potential for providing in-person learning for our students.

Click link for full memo: Message from the Superintendent - September 2020 Update


July 23


I had hoped to share a reopening plan that would have been able to allow all students back in schools in person this fall. We know that most would like to be in school and that our staff miss connecting with them in person as well. However, since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic we have been working on plans that will allow us to open schools and to make decisions on instruction for our students based on what the science has been telling us about transmission of this particular virus. We have been monitoring reports of increased COVID-19 cases in our community and are in close communication with King County Public Health, OSPI, The Puget Sound ESD, and neighboring school districts. Based on the current trajectory of infections in King County. I will be recommending to the school board that Tukwila School District start the 2020-21 school year in a distance learning model. <click link for full text>

Superintendent Reopening Update Letter to Families


June 18


The staff in the Tukwila School District realize that we are in unprecedented times and we would like to know how are families are coping with all of the challenges that they have been presented with since our school closures. In an effort to have this information we are providing a short survey to all parents and guardians that have students in the Tukwila School District.

Survey Letter to Families

Link to Survey


April 6, 2020

Today, Governor Inslee announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. During this closure, all schools in the district will remain closed. Without these restrictions, public health authorities have told us the rate of 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. The extended closure also raises numerous questions for students and families. We are working quickly to answer your questions as soon as possible.

Please click the following link for additional information: Memo to All Staff and Families - School Closures Extended - April 6, 2020

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