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TLS July 24th Update

Friday, July 24, 2020

Hello TLS Families,

Below are links to:

These three documents highlight the ways that we continue to design for a safe and healthy fall on campus.

After a week full of news, it felt like a good time to reach out with some updates. We all had to take a deep breath and reflect as school districts announced their moves to fully remote teaching this week. As a school, we’ve talked about the tension between our reality as a 165-student community and the reality of the over 120,000 students that make up the Seattle, Lake Washington, Northshore or Bellevue public school communities.

When we think about the size of those communities, the superintendents’ decisions make great sense. There is not the space, funding or communication network in place to assure that teachers and kids can return to those schools safely at this time.

So what about TLS? We are anchored in a commitment and culture of care. For our faculty and students that means meeting current recommendations, following thoughtful protocols and having a shared understanding of wellness and respect. Though we still have details like start times and pick up to sort out, our Reopening Plan reflects best practices and suggestions. Our student demographic (ages 3-11) is the least likely to infect others with COVID. Our outdoor spaces give us the chance to learn in the fresh air where the likelihood of transmission by an asymptomatic person is lower. As a school, we are in a very fortunate position.

We will continue to be cautious and carefully monitor what is happening in King County. We will continue to respond with thought and care and act in service of students, parents and faculty.

Over the past two weeks, we have hosted Summer Camp for our youngest students. Each day, we marvel at the resiliency, flexibility, engagement and joy that each child brings to campus. Campers sanitize and wash hands regularly, put on masks willingly as they head indoors and giggle with compliance when we remind them to give one another “airplane arm” space with a friend. Their laughter and exclamations fill the soundtrack of the day. Everyone seems to leave nourished and happy. We are committed to creating a similar phenomenon for the school year.

We’ll host our next Town Hall on Tuesday, August 5 at 8:00 p.m. and will send our next update on August 14. We hope that each of your families are enjoying the warmer summer days.

On behalf of the faculty and staff,