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Update 3/3/21: 6th Grade Hybrid start date

Dear NTPS Families,

Today we welcomed back our 3rd and 4th grade students to in-person hybrid learning. Next Wednesday (3/10), our 5th graders will join them. We are now pleased to announce that on March 15 our 6th graders will also return to in-person learning at the middle schools.

On behalf of Superintendent Clemens, we wanted to share a recent letter from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek, MD, MPH. in which she recommends – based on current case rates and Dept. of Health Metrics for K-12 education – “schools take a cautious, phased-in approach to in-person learning for high school students, after middle school students have returned.”

We will continue to communicate with families as our plans progress in the coming weeks to include hybrid start dates for the rest of our secondary students as those decisions are made.

Remember, masks and physical distancing are required in all school buildings. See more safe start tips in our video. If you or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, you must stay home and contact your school principal. We will be sending out details on Friday (3/5) on a new local and free COVID-19 testing site for NTPS students and staff who experience positive COVID-19 symptoms. Meanwhile, there are various testing sites available in Thurston County.

Yesterday we received great news from President Biden and Governor Inslee’s office moving all educators and support staff into the current Phase 1B Tier 1 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine! While vaccines are voluntary, we encourage everyone to register with the Washington Department of Health Vaccine Phase Finder Tool to evaluate and receive notice of eligibility. 

Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community as we bring more students back to the classroom.

North Thurston Public Schools Community Relations