Message from Superintendent Herndon - New Guidance Released

Message from Superintendent Herndon - New Guidance Released

May 14, 2021

Tukwila School District Families and Staff,

On Thursday, May 13th, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people.  The guidance specifically states that fully vaccinated people “can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” 

Following the release of the new CDC guidance, Governor Inslee announced “fully vaccinated people could stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.” He also stated that Washington State would fully reopen on June 30th.  A full reopening would come sooner if 70% or more of state residents over the age of 16 have gotten at least their first shot before then.  If you are interested in getting a vaccination, you can find additional information including vaccination sites, documents needed and Frequently Asked Questions here: Public Health - Seattle & King County

Additionally, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced “students will be learning from their school buildings full-time in the upcoming school year. Students may choose to enroll in a remote learning program, but school districts may not offer hybrid or remote learning to the exclusion of full-time, in-person learning for any student who seeks that option.” Tukwila's full remote program will offer instruction consistent with the offerings at our elementary, middle, and high schools and will include live engagement for the full school day.  More details will be forthcoming.

Tukwila School District will continue to follow the guidance from King County Department of Health, OSPI and Governor Inslee.  We will provide updates, via our website at, as additional information is released.

In Service,

Dr. Flip Herndon, Superintendent

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