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    Principal Update, March 6, 2020
    Posted on 03/06/2020
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    For up-to-date information and additional resources, including how to stay healthy, visit the district’s coronavirus disease 2019 news announcement.

    Health Supplies:

    We received a delivery of extra supplies (hand sanitizer, tissues, etc.) from SPS this morning. The Office team will be coming around today or tomorrow (Saturday) to classrooms and learning spaces to deliver and refresh supplies.

    One of the best ways families can support right now is donating additional supplies (hand sanitizer, Vaseline (to help with red, irritated hands), tissues etc.).

    Postponing Events & Fieldtrips:

    The following March/April events have been postponed:

    • Postponed - 3/6 Talent Night (2nd-5th Grade) at Nathan Hale
    • Postponed - 3/8 Spring Enrichment Sign-Ups
    • Postponed - 3/10 Site Council Meeting at TC
    • Postponed - 3/10 TC Group & Class Picture Day
    • Postponed - 3/11 Science Fair Brainstorming Session
    • Postponed - 3/12 Whistlestop Performance (Kindergarten-1st Grade) at TC
    • Postponed - 3/13 Volunteer Coffee
    • Postponed - 3/19 PTA General Meeting & Potluck at TC
    • Postponed - 3/17 Site Council EDI Committee Meeting
    • Postponed - 3/18 Science Fair Brainstorming Session
    • Postponed – 3/24 Preschool Tour
    • Postponed - 3/24 Parent Education Event: Responsive Classroom
    • Postponed - 4/1 Science Fair

    Additionally I have asked all staff to postponing classroom performance/events for the month of March, and I have asked staff and families not organize new events at this time.

    UPDATED -  based on update Seattle Public Health recommendations and SPS leadership communications – All field trips are postponed after Sunday, 3/8. Check your email for a full list of field trip cancellations.

    Lesson Planning and Home Learning:

    In yesterday's SPS communication, it was shared that teachers would be developing lessons plans in the event of prolonged teacher illnesses and gather student learning activities in the event of prolonged student absences. This was new information last night, and TC staff are just beginning to process this request as they have been working and supporting students here at school. I have asked grade level teams to come together and look at pathways to support students who may be homebound continue to engage in learning (though this will obviously look different than the daily curricular activities planned for within the school house), and share out with families. Please give teachers a few days to process and get pathways in place.

    Volunteering:

    Based on current recommendation from SPS Nursing Department and Seattle Public Health, I would ask that we limit brining new volunteers in the building. SPS is recommending that current volunteers continue to support the school, but we limit brining new volunteers in who could unintentionally raise exposure risks.

    Attendance:

    We have received some questions about attendance during this COVID-19 situation. I wanted to include the attendance information from Superintendent Juneau's 3/5 message:

    Excused Absences: Some children and family members may be at higher risk for severe illness because of underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system. We are asking parents to make the best decision for their families. Currently, Seattle Public Schools is excusing all health-related absences, including COVID-19. Your child does not need to present symptoms to receive an excused absence. As a parent, you know what is best for your family, and we will honor that decision. Please let your child’s school know if you will be keeping them home.

    Take good care this weekend!