COVID-19 Information for Tenino Families

Tenino schools will be closed until further notice.

Letter to Families


Dear Tenino Families,

We are in the final two weeks of the historic 2019/2020 school year. I hope you and your family have been able to hang in there during this crazy time. This communication is to update you on what is happening from the school district perspective.

The Tenino School District’s last day for remote learning will be June 19, 2020. I am pleased to announce that the District will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to students through August. Details are below. As the situation evolves the district will provide updates to the staff, students, parents and community via Skyward email, our websites, and social media.

I would ask you encourage new families with children to register their students for next year’s school year. This is especially important for kindergarten so we can accurately provide staffing for next year.

Finally, please reach out to the District or schools if you need any type of support during this time. If we are unable to directly support your need, we will work to find another way to help.

Thank you for your assistance and patience. We hope to see everyone soon.

Stay safe and well,

Joe Belmonte, Superintendent
Tenino School District

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Take the survey about next year

We are planning for the next school year to start on September 9, 2020. We have a plan to reopen ‘normally’ and we are refining the plan to continue remote/online learning as needed.

This summer the Tenino Board of Directors will decide how schools in Tenino will reopen in September. It is important that the Board considers input from you in making this decision. To that end, you should have received a survey via your Skyward email, please take a few minutes to provide your perspective about reopening. We will accept input until 5 p.m. on June 12, 2020.

If you did not receive the Skyward email, please contact Cori Leach at leachc@tenino.k12.wa.us. She will assist you in updating your Skyward account so you can take the survey.

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Distance Learning:

You should continue to have regular contact from your student’s teachers. Please note the following:

  • Teachers should be connecting with your student/family each week to provide learning opportunities.
  • If you need support or materials for your student or if you do not hear from your student’s teacher, please reach out to teachers via email or to the school principal. The principal contact information is below:

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Wi-Fi Hotspots

If your student(s) have need of a stronger internet connection to complete their assignments, online access is available at the following locations:

  • Outside the Tenino Timberline Library
  • Outside of Parkside Elementary on Central Ave.
  • Outside of either Tenino Elementary or Tenino Middle School

Please note, each of these areas is covered by video surveillance.

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Free breakfast and lunch will be Available throughout the summer

Grab-and-Go bagged lunches and breakfasts will continue to be available for pickup during the summer. The meal distribution will occur Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. look for the Tenino School District van at the following locations:

  • Tenino Middle School parking lot
  • The Bucoda Community Center
  • Fire Station 43 @ Violet Prairie (17134 Old Hwy 99 SE)

All meals are free. Children and youth will not be asked for their name, identification, enrollment status. Parents or guardians must have a student with them to pick up the meals or students may pick up meals on their own.

If your student(s) need meals and you are unable to pick up a meal from the grab-and-go sites, please contact Cori Leach at leachc@tenino.k12.wa.us or at 360-264-3410. We will find a way to provide you the needed meals.

To date the Tenino School District has distributed over 25,000 free meals to children.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What can I expect from Tenino Staff
  2. What about Graduation?
  3. Will you be serving meals?
  4. How do I talk to my children?

What can we expect from Tenino Staff?

Tenino Staff are providing THESE RESOURCES to support distance learning and keep children engaged in their learning.

Your child's teacher will be in contact with you and/or your child weekly. 

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What about Graduation?

Things are changing,  Mrs. Perreira will be in contact with students and families of the Class of 2020. Please contact her directly if you have questions about Graduation requirements.

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Will you serve school meals?

Yes, Free Grab n Go meals will be available to all school age children. School age children must be present to receive meals. Breakfast and Lunch will be handed out Drive Thru style, please stay in your vehicle.

Monday - Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm

Meals can be picked up at:
Bucoda Community Center
Tenino Middle School Parking Lot
Fire Station 43 Violet Prairie, 17134 Old Hwy 99 SE, Tenino

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How should I talk to my children?

We know children will have many questions and concerns about COVID-19, why school is closed and when things might get back to “normal.” Be honest and listen. There are many resources available on how to talk to your child about things like a pandemic outbreak. Here is one from the CDC for both adults and children, and one specific to helping children cope with emergencies. In terms of overall mental health, be on the lookout for physical symptoms such as: headaches, excessive worry, stomach aches, increased arguing, irritability, trouble sleeping or eating, loss of concentration, nightmares, withdrawal, clinging behavior, etc. For additional support, families can call 211 or the Crisis Clinic at (360) 586-2800 or text 741741 to be connected to a trained crisis counselor.

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