Pause put on additional students returning to in-person learning in Puyallup

Pause put on additional students returning to in-person learning in Puyallup
(Puyallup School District)

PUYALLUP, Wash. — The Puyallup School District on Thursday temporarily halted the return of additional students to the classroom due to a rising trend of COVID-19 cases in Pierce County.

The district reported it was advised by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to pause students' return until there is a trending decline in the number of cases.

According to information on the school district’s website, students in K-1 will not return Oct. 6, and grades two through six will not return Oct. 13.

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However, officials with the district said the health department has confirmed that students designated as high-need individuals can continue with in-person learning in small groups.

“This pause in our return to in-person instruction for elementary students does not impact self-contained special education, developmental preschool and secondary McKinney Vento students,” according to the district.

As for elementary class schedules, students will continue with a Continuous (Distance) Learning instruction model.

On Thursday, the health department confirmed 45 new COVID-19 cases in Pierce County, reaching a total of 7,974 cases and 176 deaths.

Health officials said they have seen an upward trend of confirmed cases over the past two weeks.