"Today, Governor Inslee announced a new directive requiring all employees of public and private K–12 school districts to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. Below is State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement."
COVID Info & Reopening Resources
Update to June 2021
To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19, here is an update on PSESD facilities and services:
- The PSESD building is now OPEN to the public by appointment only. Doors are locked and reception services are available by appointment, from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM Many PSESD employees are still continuing to work remotely and will continue to provide vital services. The PSESD business hours are still from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
- Fingerprinting Services is now OPEN. Please carefully read through the instructions before scheduling your appointment online.
- Conference Center operations have re-opened and we are now taking reservations for upcoming meetings, conferences and events. Please refer to the Conference Center page for additional information.
- Educare Early Learning Center: On-site operations at Educare are OPEN.
- The Heritage Head Start facilities at Seola Gardens and Creekmore: On-site operations are temporarily CLOSED.
- The Early Head Start program at the Washington Correctional Center for Women is currently OPEN and operating on a reduced schedule. WCCW continues to provide direct support Mothers and children.
- ReLife School is open for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
In light of COVID-19, we have strengthened our health and safety procedures to keep our buildings and facilities clean and safe for all.
As we navigate the ever-changing climate, we continue to be committed to providing our employees and guests an exceptional experience.
PSESD PROTOCOLS INCLUDE:
- Requiring facial coverings at all times.
- Increasing the number of accessible hand sanitizing stations at the entrance of our building as well as in every conference room.
- Implementing physical distancing layouts and signage in common areas and conference rooms.
- Upgrading air filters to higher MERV ratings and increased system run times for more complete air ventilation.
- Utilizing highly effective and sustainable cleaning products to clean and disinfect throughout the building.
- Increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch, high-traffic areas, such as light switches, door handles, elevator buttons, and more.
- Enhancing cleaning and sanitation standards throughout our facilities and common areas.
- Implementing innovative clean technologies, such as modern electrostatic sprayers and setting up portable disinfectant in each conference room.
We've created a PSESD School Behavioral Health Workbook to serve as a practical guide for detailing your plans and supporting the implementation of addressing the needs of students, family, and staff well-being. Our goal is to attend first to the mental health, emotional state, and well-being of members of the school community and to do so leading with race equity. This attention will not only support our youth in the here and now but for years to come. All materials have been vetted as evidence-based practices and consolidated for your use. The workbook was developed to align with the ESSER student well-being recovery plans. For more information on behavioral health resources, please contact Kim Beeson.
PSESD is committed to supporting schools during this uncertain time. We are currently evaluating opportunities and developing plans to support schools in providing child care, meals, and learning resources. Continue to check this website and social media outlets for updates on our plans, and refer to official local entities for health-related information.
K-12 school employees are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to learn more and schedule your appointment.
Superintendent Chris Reykdal of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Kaiser Permanente announce, “Get Ready,” a large-scale school vaccination plan that will equitably and safely vaccinate eligible Washington educators and school staff this spring.
The Washington Department of Health has issued an update to the Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan. Two regions to move into Phase Two.
WA Notify, is a state-wide COVID-19 exposure notification tool that uses technology to manage COVID-19 in-person contacts and notifications to them, without collecting or revealing any location or personal data.
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