COVID-19 Information for Tenino Families

Tenino schools will be closed until further notice.

Letter to Families


Dear Tenino Families,

During these times I would like to encourage everyone to stay connected with family, friends, and your Tenino community (while observing the social distance rules). Our connections to others should help weather theses times.

This communication is to update you on what is happening from the school district perspective.

We are hoping and planning for a ‘normal’ start for the school year on September 9, 2020. Until then we are continuing to reach out to students and families to provide learning opportunities for our students. Even as we plan to reopen, we will continue to refine and improve what is now being called ‘remote’ or ‘distance’ learning. In addition to direct communication from your teachers this group of COVID-19 pages on the district website has lessons and resources for students and families. 

The Tenino School District’s last day for distance learning will be June 19, 2020. As the situation evolves the district will provide updates to the staff, students, parents and community via Skyward email, our websites, and social media.

Please reach out to the District or schools if you need any type of support during this time. If we are unable to directly support your need, we will work to find another way to help.

Thank you for your assistance and patience. We hope to see everyone soon.

Stay safe and well,

Joe Belmonte, Superintendent

Tenino School District

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Distance Learning:

You should expect regular contact from your student’s teachers. Please note the following:

  • All teachers should now shift to providing new learning opportunities and content. In addition, please understand that student work will now be assessed.
  • Since each grade level is unique, you will be receiving additional information from your student’s school about how student work will be assessed.
  • Teachers should be connecting with your student/family each week to provide learning opportunities.
  • If your student had missing or incomplete work due before the closure, they are permitted and encouraged to make up their assignments for a grade.
  • If you need support or materials for your student or if you do not hear from your student’s teacher, please reach out to teachers via email or to the school principal. The principal contact information is below:

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Free breakfast and lunch are Available

To date the Tenino School District has distributed over 10,000 free meals to children. Grab-and-Go bagged lunches and breakfasts will continue to be available for pickup during the closure. The meal distribution will occur Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. look for the Tenino School District van at the following locations:

  • Tenino Middle School parking lot
  • The Bucoda Community Center
  • Fire Station 43 @ Violet Prairie (17134 Old Hwy 99 SE)

If your student(s) need meals and you are unable to pick up a meal from the grab-and-go sites, please contact Cori Leach at leachc@tenino.k12.wa.us or at 360-264-3410. We will find a way to provide you the needed meals.

All meals are free. Children and youth will not be asked for their name, identification, enrollment status. Parents or guardians must have a student with them to pick up the meals or students may pick up meals on their own.

To minimize the spread of COVID-19 meals will be available for pickup with limited interaction with other students and our Food Services staff. Schools will have the capacity to hand meals to students in cars, and to students who walk up in person.

The district is coordinating with the Thurston County Food Bank and Homeless Backpacks to continue the weekly backpack meal program (a bag of shelf-stable food designed to feed students over the weekend). Those meals will be available to students when they pick up their last meal of the week.

Finally, the Tenino Food Bank is available to serve anyone in need. They are located at 224 Sussex Ave. E. They will provide food for anyone in need during the following times:

  • Tuesdays 9-1 at the Tenino Food Bank
  • Thursdays they distribute food from 11-2 at the Bucoda Community Center

If you need food bank to deliver, please send them a Facebook message, call the office at 360.264.5505, or call 360.688.3277.

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Wi-Fi Hotspot

If your student(s) have need of a stronger internet connection to complete their assignments, online access is available at the following locations:

  • Outside the Tenino Timberline Library
  • Outside of Parkside Elementary on Central Ave.
  • Outside of either Tenino Elementary or Tenino Middle School

Please note, each of these areas is covered by video surveillance.


We are coordinating with our current childcare partner the Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County (BGCTC). Childcare is available through the BGCTC centers in Rochester and Tumwater. If you need childcare, please contact the BGCTC at 360-956-0755.

Please note childcare priority given to people whose profession is considered essential. Examples are health care workers, first responders, grocery workers etc. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What can I expect from Tenino Staff
  2. What about Graduation?
  3. Will you be serving meals?
  4. How do I talk to my children?

What can we expect from Tenino Staff?

Tenino Staff are providing THESE RESOURCES to support distance learning and keep children engaged in their learning.

Your child's teacher will be in contact with you and/or your child weekly. 

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What about Graduation?

Things are changing,  Mrs. Perreira will be in contact with students and families of the Class of 2020. Please contact her directly if you have questions about Graduation requirements.

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Will you serve school meals?

Yes, Free Grab n Go meals will be available to all school age children. School age children must be present to receive meals. Breakfast and Lunch will be handed out Drive Thru style, please stay in your vehicle.

Monday - Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Meals can be picked up at:
Bucoda Community Center
Tenino Middle School Parking Lot
Fire Station 43 Violet Prairie, 17134 Old Hwy 99 SE, Tenino

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How should I talk to my children?

We know children will have many questions and concerns about COVID-19, why school is closed and when things might get back to “normal.” Be honest and listen. There are many resources available on how to talk to your child about things like a pandemic outbreak. Here is one from the CDC for both adults and children, and one specific to helping children cope with emergencies. In terms of overall mental health, be on the lookout for physical symptoms such as: headaches, excessive worry, stomach aches, increased arguing, irritability, trouble sleeping or eating, loss of concentration, nightmares, withdrawal, clinging behavior, etc. For additional support, families can call 211 or the Crisis Clinic at (360) 586-2800 or text 741741 to be connected to a trained crisis counselor.

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