TPS welcomes more 6th graders to in-person learning

This week the rest of our sixth graders will begin some in-person learning, and next week two more grades will follow.

  • Monday, March 8: Sixth graders (cohort A) start in-person learning two afternoons a week
  • Monday, March 15: 4th graders start in-person learning in their cohorts two full days a week – either Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday.
  • Monday, March 15: 12th graders start in-person learning in their cohorts two afternoons a week – either Monday-Tuesday or Thursday-Friday.

See the schedule for students in grades 3-12 here, or view a printable calendar here. School principals will let families know which cohort their student is in.

Prepare to take the required daily COVID-19 health survey
Middle and high school students can now complete their own COVID-19 health survey when they attend school in person or participate in any other on-campus activity.

The health survey is required of every person every day they enter a school or participate in in-person, school-related activities, including athletics. The survey acknowledges that the person on campus has no COVID-19 symptoms and hasn’t been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.

To take the survey online, students can:

  • Go to the Family App page
  • Click “login” and
  • Use their school district email address to access the survey.

Anyone can bookmark the site on any device to access the Family App.

Parents and guardians of middle and high school students can still complete the daily health survey on behalf of their students. However, they must first register on the Family App page. Parents and guardians of elementary students must register and complete the survey for their child.

Take a video tour of the app in English or Spanish to see exactly how to use it.

Paper health survey forms in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Khmer, Russian and Ukranian will be available at schools.

Need help? Contact the TPS Help Desk at 253-571-4357 or

Find your bus
Will your student take the bus to school? Click here to find your bus stop location and pick-up time (use Internet Explorer or Chrome browser).

Parent-teacher conferences

Students will be released early on conference days, March 11 and 12, whether those are at-home or in-person learning days for them. Release times are:

  • High school: 10:50 a.m.
  • Middle school: 11:30 a.m.
  • Elementary school: 12:15 p.m.

Conferences will be run virtually, through Microsoft Teams. However, if there is a special need to meet in-person, families can work with their principal to make those arrangements.

COVID-19 case rates
Over the last few weeks, COVID-19 case rates in Pierce County have started dropping. As of March 4, the case rate per 100,000 was 182.9, according to the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. By dropping below 350, the case rate means Pierce County has shifted into the “moderate” range, which allows TPS to bring back more students. Our plan to bring back more high school students depends on case counts continuing to decline.

Find more details about the start of in-person learning on this FAQ page.


Media Contact

Dan Voelpel, Executive Director of Communications | 253-571-1015 |

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