PSD Connectivity October 8, 2020
Upcoming Dates

Oct. 9: Regular Student Day (originally no school day)
Oct. 21: Levy Informational Town Hall via Zoom (6 p.m.)
Oct. 21: 2.5 Hour Early Release, Elementary Only (Conferences)
Oct. 22 and 23: 2.5 Hour Early Release, All Grades (Conferences)
Oct. 19: School Board Meeting
Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Supplemental Levy

On Tuesday, November 3, voters in Puyallup School District will be asked to consider an Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Supplemental Levy that would generate a maximum amount of $37 million over two years to help sustain school district operations.

Why now? Now is different.
The Puyallup School District is facing a significant budget deficit of $39.6 million over the next three years. Although the District has recently made significant administration and department reductions, the current school year alone has a $20 million deficit. This supplemental levy will help to minimize, not eliminate, the impact of our budget deficit.

REQUIRED: Daily Health Screening

Prior to arriving at school, a daily health screening of students by parents is required. The brief Electronic Health Screen Form can be accessed from a cell phone or computer.
Everyone (students, staff, vendors, parents, guardians, and visitors) entering a school district facility is required to complete a health screen prior to entry. Every morning BEFORE your child enters a school district building or boards the school bus, an electronic health screen form needs to be submitted. A link to this form is accessible here and is provided on the District website.
Schedule Now:  Early Entrance Kindergarten Assessments
Kindergarten Academy is a free, 20-week, early entrance kindergarten program available to families who reside within the Puyallup School District attendance boundaries. 
Designed for children who turn five after August 31, 2020, this program offers support to children who have not had a formal preschool or other pre-kindergarten experience.  
Depending on reopening school status, Kindergarten Academy will be offered January - June 2021 and located at several schools around the district. 
Kindergarten Academy entrance assessments are being scheduled now. If you think Kindergarten Academy might meet your child’s needs, please call Marylee Avila at (253) 841-8784 to schedule an appointment to see if they qualify. 
Ongoing:  New Student Registration

New student enrollment continues for ALL students entering Kindergarten, or new to the Puyallup School District. Families can register their children online at any time via the Student Registration & Enrollment Center on the District website.  
Today the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction posted statewide data on K-12 enrollment. Compared to this time last year, data shows an almost 3% drop in enrollment statewide. Enrollment data is used to determine the amount of state funding we receive to help pay for staffing, materials, technology and other supports that help our students succeed.  
Free Meal Packs: Every Monday 11 a.m. – 12 noon 

Every Monday, a week's supply of breakfast and lunch items are available for pickup from 11 a.m. – 12 noon at all Puyallup school locations. Free meal packs will be available to all students through Dec. 31. Every Monday, Items will include a week's supply of ‘heat-and-eat’ entrees, sandwiches, and prepacked lunch bags. 
Food can be picked up any time between 11 a.m. and noon each Monday. Walk-ups are welcome and meals will be distributed curbside in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Read more and learn about additional food resources. 
While all students may be provided free meals through the end of December, families are strongly encouraged to complete a School Meal Application now, which determines a student’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals. The application is simple and confidential. There are no citizenship requirements for participation, and immigration status is not requested or disclosed.
Pope Elementary Reopens On-time and Under Budget 
The Pope Elementary construction and remodel project is complete. We invite you to view the virtual ribbon cutting ceremony video for a tour of the new building. 
Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine
The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is offering Free Drive-Thru Flu Vaccines. In partnership with MultiCare and MaryBridge Children’s Hospital, the vaccines are offered at various locations and dates throughout Pierce County. 
Call for Artists: Puyallup Signal Cabinet Wraps 

The City of Puyallup is seeking artists to propose an original design for reproduction and installation on signal cabinets in Puyallup. The wraps will deter graffiti and add visual interest and beauty to our shared streetscapes.
  • Deadline: 5 pm on November 6, 2020 
  • Compensation: $500 per selected design 
To be eligible:
  • Applicants must reside in the Puyallup School District 
  • Applicants cannot be a member of the Puyallup Arts & Culture Commission or employed by the City of Puyallup 
Housing Assistance Available to Families within City Limits 
Rental and mortgage assistance is available to families who reside within the City of Puyallup who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This CARES funding, provided by the City of Puyallup, is administered through Communities In Schools, a network of dedicated staff providing resources and support for students to stay in school and achieve in life.

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements and applications will be processed Monday through Friday.

Contact Communities In Schools of Puyallup with questions at
School Board Highlights: October 5, 2020

Review the Board Highlights from the Oct. 5 School Board meeting held via Zoom.
Upcoming School Board Meeting:
Oct.19 at 6 p.m. (agenda/link posted prior to meeting).
Puyallup School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

• Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Char Krause,, (253) 435-6295
• 504/ADA Coordinator: Char Krause,, (253) 435-6295
• Title IX Coordinator Staff: Amie Brandmire, (253) 841-8666
 • Title IX Coordinator Students: Char Krause,, (253) 435-6295

All individuals may be reached at this address:
Puyallup School District 302 2nd Street SE Puyallup, WA 98372