LETTER TO FAMILIES
Dear Tenino Families:
Thurston County Superintendents met early this morning with the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Health Officer Dr. Abdelmalek. In the past few weeks, COVID transmissions have risen severely, reaching record high levels. As a result, we need to postpone our in-person hybrid instructional model at Parkside and Tenino Elementary. However, because we can safely provide educational services for small groups and special programs, we are permitted to continue to serve these students at all our schools. Bottom line, we will continue with the remote learning model we began on September 9th.
This trend makes working toward the increase of in-person instruction very difficult. That said, we do not want to start the hybrid model, only to shut it down again quickly. We do not want to do that to our students, parents, and staff. Therefore, we are going to delay the start of hybrid instruction until the data and direction from public health shows we can do it safely.
I am extremely sorry to share this message to you. I know we were excited to see students returning to school. We were surprised to see the COVID transmission rate change so drastically. The health of our students and staff is paramount, and we know case transmissions have to be low for the in-person hybrid model to succeed. Until we are permitted to reopen, we will continue to plan and prepare for hybrid instruction and be ready to transition to in-person learning when permitted.
Thank you for your support and patience as we work together as a community to focus on returning our students to school. We recognize the disruption of the school year has had a significant impact on our students, our families, and our staff.