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TLS Connected Learning for All Extended through Friday

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Good afternoon, families,

All TLS learners will remain on Connected Learning this week. For more detail, please read below.

Stubborn Smoke: The air quality advisory for the Puget Sound has been extended again through mid-day tomorrow. Forecasts of lower air quality (AQI) readings have been consistently inaccurate this week. Given the uncertain forecasts, the smoke’s persistence and its cumulative effect, we do not anticipate that it will be reliably safe to have students on campus Friday morning.

Wellness First: Families and faculty have let us know that the smoke is impacting their days and wellness. Even people without pre-existing respiratory conditions have described shortness of breath, poor sleep, coughing, sore throats and wheezing.  We also have many folks in our population, including our youngest learners, who fall under the category of being in a sensitive group, where the recommendation for the remainder of the week is to limit time outdoors. Given that at least half of every student’s on-campus day is currently planned outdoors, we feel this is the safest path to finish this week strong.

Predictability and Consistency: Though any shift of learning environment will have bumps (we apologize for the random Comcast outage on Tuesday morning, and some of the dropped Zoom connections), we are overall pleased with the quick shift to all-school Connected Learning, and are continuing to adjust and improve as we go. In making this decision for the next few days, our intention is to provide a consistent and predictable experience for all and help you better plan the remainder of your week.  For families who are looking for later afternoon activities for their children, Ray and his wonderful Extended Day team will be opening afternoon sessions starting tomorrow afternoon. Please see this week’s Happenings for more information.

Have we mentioned … Your kids are amazing. The resilience, adaptability, fun and respect that they have brought to these unexpected shifts has been wonderful. These are dispositions that will serve them in their friendships and learning as we move forward. Hopefully, we won’t have to practice them because of wild fire for much longer.

With gratitude,