Dear Lighthouse families,
As Pierce County rates of COVID transmission climb higher and holiday breaks are coming up, we ask that all of Lighthouse: staff, faculty, students, and families are mindful of their participation in get-togethers and large gatherings. I have been thankful that our protocols at school and yours at home have been effective in mitigating the spread of COVID at school and we want to do as much as we can to keep students on campus. Lighthouse appreciates all of your efforts to communicate with the school office on your COVID-related questions and concerns. We will continue to partner with you to keep all of our stakeholders safe.
In the last newsletter, I had mentioned that school leadership was looking into the rapid testing option for potential implementation. After talking to the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, medical professionals, test suppliers, the administrative team, and reading CDC guidelines, we have the following update:
- The Health Department is developing protocols regarding the implementation of rapid testing over the next few months and plans to communicate to schools.
- The Health Department is not planning to implement rapid testing in rural school districts until after the beginning of 2021.
- If implemented by Lighthouse, we would need to employ a health care provider to implement the test and govern the process of getting results.
- The cost of the tests is financially feasible.
- We are still not convinced that this would be a benefit to our student population, but will continue to evaluate.
We will continue to use our current protocols as stated by the Health Department regarding COVID testing and actions based on COVID-like symptoms. We ask that you:
- Diligently complete the Home Screening Form on our app.
- Communicate any COVID-related symptoms to the school office.
- Keep sick students at home.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership.
Living to serve,
Head of School