To: Tukwila School District Staff and Families
From: Dr. Flip Herndon, Superintendent
Date: October 23, 2020
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.
Tukwila School District continues to explore options for limited in-person learning for small groups and cohorts of students with the greatest needs (e.g., students with disabilities, youngest learners). This will be done in accordance with guidance from DOH.
I want to thank all of the efforts that have gone into making our learning experience as productive as possible. This is a challenge for all of our students, families and staff as we continue to navigate an extremely difficult set of circumstances.
Moving forward, we will monitor the data and work with our local health officials to determine when we can have students return to pre-school and elementary school campuses in a hybrid model.
Meals (breakfast and lunch) continue to be available at all of our school sites between the hours of 10am and 12:15pm, Monday through Friday. Meals are also available at Cascade View Park from 10:30am through 10:45am, Monday through Friday. Students do not need to provide identification and meals are available to any student under the age of 18.
Thank you for all that you do in support of our students and community. Together we achieve!
Flip Herndon, Superintendent
Tukwila School District