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FAQ UPDATED Monday, April 15, 2021

COVID-19 FAQ

Our primary source of information regarding COVID-19 is the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD). We will rely on TPCHD for information to determine if conditions should warrant alteration to our normal school schedule. The superintendent's office is in direct contact with the TPCHD officials. 

The Washington State Department of Health is a leading source regarding the health crisis situations in our state and provides school districts direction on how to manage responses. We refer to both the TPCHD as well as the Washington State Department of Health for information. 

Click here for an enlarged flow chart for COVID-19 symptoms with no exposure.

Click here for an enlarged flow chart for situations with a positive COVID-19 test or close contact.

 

  • Students should be able to be on-site all day, every day  
  • We have put a cap on class sizes for the purpose of being able to achieve social distancing guidelines. This means that some of our grades will require waiting pools. Families who have completed the enrollment process can be assured their student's space has been secured.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be practiced throughout the campuses. 

We will communicate via email if there are any changes to the current status. If the nature of certain information is time sensitive, we will use Parent Alert (texts). Please make sure your contact information is up to date. Major school announcements that are time sensitive will also be broadcast on Flash Alert.

Early Learning: Childcare lunches are eaten in their classroom or at tables with their cohort classmates, with table cleaning between lunches. 

Elementary: Lunches are eaten in classrooms and other areas where smaller groups can be accommodated. 

JH/HS: Lunch is spread out in the PAC and the gym, so that tables can be distanced and the number of students can be limited. Students must use their plexiglass shield during lunch. All tables are cleaned between lunches. 

 

Staff and students will be asked to provide their own masks that will be worn during the day.  

Faculty/Staff: At this time, all staff are required to wear cloth face masks. If they are teaching, they may wear face shields during that time only.

K-12 Students: At this time, all K-12 students are required to wear cloth face masks or face shields at all times. The only exceptions are while eating, drinking, and K-6 outdoor recess. 

Early Learning: Students age 4 or younger are not required to wear face masks or face shields. 

Yes, in all phases certain protocols and schedules for cleaning and sanitization throughout the day and at the end of each day will be established and strictly followed by all individuals.  

Chapels and assemblies are presented in auditoriums or prerecorded and  live-streamed into classrooms. Groups of students might be able to attend the live presentation on a rotating basis, following COVID protocols of distancing and face masks.

 

Students move from one place to another in the same groups, so the number of students being interacted with is limited throughout the day. In the elementary schools, students stay with their cohorts for recess and with their class for specialists.

  • Special events are highly limited if allowed to take place.  
  • There are a number of creative alternatives being discussed.  
  • Steps will be taken to broadcast certain events online.  
  • Spectators/audience members might not be allowed to attend.  
  • For JH & HS athletics, visit this page.

Screening protocols for all individuals entering buildings on a daily basis will be established and strictly adhered to. This will include screening for staff and students as they enter the building each morning, and any guests that enter buildings throughout the day. The intensity of protocols may be adjusted depending on the mandates in place.  

  • Use face coverings or shields, and other space barriers.
  • Wash hands between each transition activity with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Increase sanitation throughout the day and prioritize cleaning high-touch surfaces.
  • Conduct health screenings at time of arrival for anyone entering the building or dropping off a child; check temperatures (100.4 F or higher may not enter the building).
  • Limit group activities to 20 or fewer. 
  • Use cohorts: When possible, conduct all activities in small groups that remain together over time with minimal mixing of groups.
  • Improve indoor ventilation: Open windows to the outside when possible.
  • Isolation: Isolate sick people and exclude exposed people.
  • Outdoor spaces: Consider outdoor activities when possible as they have less transmission risk than indoor activities.

Children, parents, and staff cannot come to campus if someone in their household is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 F or higher) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The TPCHD suggests the following measures; take these steps to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces. 
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.

What is a confirmed case of COVID-19? 

Visit Washington State Health Department for information. 

What can I do now? 

The TPCHD suggests the following measures: 

“Take these steps to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. 
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces. 
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.” 

Doing those things represents appropriate and responsible practices under any circumstances during annual cold and flu seasons. As such, please stay home until 24 hours' free of any flu-like symptoms. If you have any medical concerns, please address them with a medical professional. 

We will update this page if there are changes to the status of the COVID-19 virus. We encourage you to frequently check this page for updates and to stay up to date by continuously visiting the TPCHD webpage.  


 

As we continue to gather new information, we will keep you informed on this page and by email or video updates from Dr. Ken Friesen.

Thank you, CCS families, for your words of encouragement.

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