Want to know more about the 2016 bond projects, including the history, projects, timelines, and logistics? Keep updated on the bond-project webpage (also available by searching 2016 bond).
Mumps information in Tukwila schools
Jan. 19, 2017
Public health officials just informed our District Nurse that a student in the Tukwila School District had a recent case of the mumps (or, at the very least, had mumps-like symptoms). The student—who attends Foster High and has siblings at Showalter Middle and Thorndyke Elementary—has recovered and is no longer contagious. At this time, health officials are NOT recommending that any children or staff members be kept home from school for safety reasons.
We are notifying community members so that you can be vigilant in case any family members exhibit mumps symptoms, which include fever, headache, and swelling of the cheeks and jaw. If anyone develops these symptoms, please call your healthcare provider right away and tell them your family may have been exposed to the mumps. Your child should be in the clear by early next week, when the incubation period for this particular outbreak will be over.
A letter from Seattle King County Public Health has been sent home with every student (see below). If you have questions, please contact your health provider.
As always during this cold and flu season, please make sure your children wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs, stay home from school if they are sick, and remain up-to-date on all vaccination recommendations. Thank you.
Strategic Refresh: Focus on Technology (community meeting)
It’s time for a strategic refresh!
The district’s community-developed Strategic Plan is now entering its third year. The document is still a good one, reflective of our collective values and priorities while providing a roadmap to ensure graduates are prepared for work and life.
There is one area, however, that the superintendent and school board would like to focus on to make sure schools are aligned with current teaching and industry best practices: Technology. The Technology Learning Benchmark in our Strategic Plans says: “Tech-savvy, teach-literate: Each student will achieve the state-level technology standards and will graduate as a tech-savvy, tech-literate citizen connected to the real world.”
We are a region that leads the world in technology, and just like in that industry, we have to be very cognizant about staying up to date in providing our scholars with the most modern digital resources that will support their success. Technology is both a powerful tool for teaching as well as a critical skill set for 21st-century careers. Our graduates should not be only technology users, but technology innovators.
Please join Superintendent Nancy Coogan at one of these upcoming strategic-refresh meetings as we expand the technology-benchmark goal for students and look for ways to interweave technology expectations into our educational strategies and indicators of process.
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, TSD Administration Building, 4640 S. 144th
- 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, TSD Administration Building, 4640 S. 144th
- 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, TSD Administration Building, 4640 S. 144th
Spike in flu cases: Keep kids home if sick!
Winter health reminders
Public Health officials are warning of a spike in flu activity this month—in fact, the number of people in hospital emergency departments with flu-like illnesses to-date is more than for the previous five years at this time of year, and we have not peaked yet. Please make sure to wash your hands frequently and get a flu shot, especially if you’re part of a vulnerable population (people with asthma, diabetes, heart disease …). To keep our school community healthy, please keep children home from school for at least 24 hours AFTER they have a fever or signs of a fever, without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
Also be aware that a mumps outbreak recently occurred in south King County and pertussis is circulating through the community. It is critical for the health and safety of our students that everyone who attends a Tukwila school is up to date on his or her vaccinations. You will soon receive a letter from your school nurse if your student is out of compliance; there are many community resources that will provide the needed vaccinations in one visit for free or an affordable cost. Contact your school nurse if you have questions.
Please be prepared for winter weather
It’s winter, and that means there is always a chance that chilly weather might impact school. The safety of students and staff is our top priority. In the event of snow or ice, we drive the bus routes in the morning. If the roads do not appear to be safe, the Superintendent makes a decision about the school day.
If there are changes to the school day, we will call families by autodial, post on this website, and share on social media. We also report to radio and TV stations, so listen for announcements. The announcement will follow one of these protocols: SCHOOLS CLOSED; BUSES ON SNOW ROUTES; or TWO HOURS LATE. Please see the detailed information about our procedure here. This includes information on snow routes. General information and tips on preparing for emergencies are here.
During times of inclement weather, it is possible that school buses will be delayed. If possible, please prepare students with warm clothing, sturdy shoes, and hats and gloves. If you do not have access to those items, please talk with your school..
Health Warning: Mumps
Health Warning: Mumps
There are a number of mumps cases in King County (currently 11 confirmed and 43 probable), mainly in the Auburn area. If a case of mumps occurs at a school, students who are not up to date with the MMR vaccine may be asked to stay home from school.
It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of mumps and what you can do to protect your child and others from getting mumps. Mumps is a disease caused by a virus and typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness and a loss of appetite; the person may also be develop swollen cheeks or jaw.
How can you prevent mumps?
- Get mumps vaccine (included in the MMR vaccine).
- Stay away from anyone who has mumps.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, baby bottles, and other utensils.
What to Do If You Think Your Child Has Mumps
Call your doctor or your health clinic if you or your child has the signs of mumps: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen cheeks or jaw.
Stay home and away from other people. This includes staying away from family as much as possible so they don’t get sick.
Vaccine requirements: King County Health Department. Gives general immunization information including school requirements and travel information.
Adolescents, grades 6-12, Immunization information: Recommended vaccines for adolescents and the diseases they prevent.
Immunizations Preschool 2016-17 (English). 2016-2017 immunization requirements for child care or pre-school students.
- About mumps on the King County website
- For updates on the mumps outbreak in King County, follow the Public Health Insider blog
- Read about “Mumps Outbreaks: Why We Care About Mumps and Is the Vaccine Working?” By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health, Seattle and King County
School Board Approves Resolution in Support of the City of Tukwila Public Safety Bond
The Tukwila School District Board of Directors has approved Resolution No. 836, in support of the City of Tukwila Public Safety Bond. The bond will be presented to voters on the November 8, 2016 ballot. The bond pays for replacement of seismically-deficient fire stations, guaranteed funding for fire equipment and apparatus and construction of a Justice Center to house the Tukwila Police Department and Municipal Court. The resolution states that “the top priority of the Tukwila School District is the safety and security of students, staff, and families; and the School District depends on the public safety services of the City of Tukwila tio provide critical services in the event of an emergency, as well as high levels of service in non-emergent times.”
STORM PREPARATION — BE SAFE!
The safety of our students, families, and staff is our top priority. Storms can bring rain, floods, very strong winds, flooding, ice, snow, and more. Trees and branches that fall are another hazard.
We will do our best to keep families and staff informed, via auto-dials and our website, of storms that are expected in our region; and any impacts to schools.
There are great resources on ways to prepare for and cope with inclement weather. The Take Winter By Storm website includes both general and specific information, and checklists to help you prepare.
The National Weather Service – Seattle is a great resource for up-to-date forecast and weather activity information.
Healthy Youth Survey
During October, your student will be asked to complete a Healthy Youth Survey. The survey is voluntary, and anonymous. Your student’s name will not be linked with the survey answers. The survey is sponsored by several Washington State agencies, and has been administered since 1988. Results help schools determine what services are most needed by students. For more information please refer to this Healthy Youth Information for Parents and Students.