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COVID-19 Information for Schools and Childcare

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Pierce County schools closed for 6 weeks.

On March 12, Gov. Inslee announced Pierce County schools will close no later than March 17 for 6 weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Make sure staff and families know where to find accurate information.

Point them to our websiteWashington State Department of Health and CDC.  

Helpful tools for childcare.

Social distance sign

Helpful tools for schools.

Helpful tools for parents and families.

Model and encourage healthy habits.

We can all take these steps to safeguard our health.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Get your flu shot if you haven’t yet. Flu activity in the county is still elevated.

Help reduce anxiety about COVID-19.

Teach children how they can protect themselves against illness. Evidence suggests COVID-19 is generally mild in children. Those at risk for severe illness are over age 60, have health conditions or are pregnant.

Helpful tools.

Help reduce stigma.

Worry and misunderstanding can create fear and mistrust. Disease can affect anyone. Use these resources to help reduce COVID-19 stigma.

Review and update your emergency operations plan.

Update your plan to include information about COVID-19. You don’t need to start from scratch—you can update your plan from 2009's H1N1 pandemic.

These tools can help shape your plan.

Include this information:

  • Contact information for Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
  • Options for virtual learning or a plan to make up days.
  • Process for sharing information with students and families.


  • Are childcare centers required to close since schools are closed?
  • Are childcare options being provided during schools closures?
  • My child's school district closed. Where do I find childcare?
  • What should my childcare do to prevent spread of illness?
  • What are quarantine and isolation?
  • Are gatherings (childcare or elsewhere) safe for children with preexisting health conditions?
  • Where can I find more information about school closures?
  • Do custodial staff need to continue cleaning and disinfecting schools now that they are closed?
  • How should I clean and disinfect my school?
  • Should custodians wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when they clean and sanitize?
  • Can I use hand sanitizer to protect against COVID-19?
  • Do staff and volunteers at school-based childcare sites need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like gloves, masks, gowns, or goggles?
  • How do I achieve social distancing at my child care facility?
  • How do I clean toys at my child care facility?
  • How do I disinfect keyboards and other electronic devices that can't be sprayed?
  • How long should students who have fever and respiratory symptoms stay home?
  • How should we clean school buses?
  • I don’t have a primary care provider. Where can I find one?
  • If our childcare facility decides to close, how long should we remain closed?
  • Is it safe to bring my kids to the park?
  • What can I do to minimize the potential for germ spread in a childcare environment?
  • What is the recommended group size for child care facilities?
  • What questions should I ask during a health screening at my child care facility?
  • What safety precautions should we take at school meal distribution sites?
  • What should child care providers do if they are at higher risk of serious illness?
  • Where can I find resources for teaching children proper handwashing?