COVID-19 Information

In early May, Tahoma created three work teams to plan for the different reopening scenarios that may occur in the fall. We have heard that the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction will release further details and information in June, and we are planning for multiple scenarios so that we will be ready to move forward when the information from OSPI is available.

The work teams are focused on:
*Public Safety
*Mental Health and Wellness
*Teaching and Learning.

Tahoma's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was led by a team including Assistant Superintendent Lori Cloud, Nurse Coordinator Jennifer Lyons, Supervisor of Operations Sean P. Kelly, principals and other administrators, representatives from the Tahoma Education Association, Public School Employees of Washington, a student representative, a parent representative and a School Board representative. The team worked throughout March, April and the beginning of May to guide the district's response and make key decisions as a team.

The task force participated in regular update meetings with Public Health -- Seattle & King County, the Puget Sound Educational Service District, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and other officials. Tahoma is following the guidance of health officials, as well as creating its own plans.

Washington state's COVID-19 page is available here.

For more information from health officials:
1. If you are sick or think you may have COVID-19, click here for guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
2. If you need information about getting tested, click here for the Washington State Department of Health.
3. Here is guidance from the state DOH about what to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Elementary, middle and high school students are engaged in emergency remote learning. We are collecting feedback from students, parents and staff, and working to continually tweak and improve our system. If you need help with programs such as SeeSaw, Google Classroom and other core programs and resources, click here.

Tahoma launched a mental health support program to help students during this time. For details, click here.

For Tahoma's Frequently Asked Questions about coronavirus, click here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not at all connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Click here for a vital message from Public Health, which we are posting in our buildings, "Viruses don't discriminate, and neither should we." 

More information about coronavirus is available at:
Washington State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus 

Public Health -- Seattle & King Countyhttps://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

Frequently asked questions and answers about COVID-19 from Public Health.

Anyone who has specific health questions or concerns is asked to call the Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
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