Statement from the Puyallup Tribal Council regarding coronavirus COVID-19 and schools

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians supports Gov. Jay Inslee’s actions to close schools in three counties that have been affected by the coronavirus COVID-19. We appreciate his leadership and efforts to protect public health.

We will close Chief Leschi Schools and Grandview Early Learning Center effective Monday, March 16. As of now, we plan for both to reopen on Friday, April 24. However, the coronavirus situation is fluid. Tribal Council will update our community regularly of any changes.

“This is an effective public health social distancing method,” said PTHA’s Dr. Alan Shelton of the school closures. “We know winter and spring breaks tamp down on flu.”

Council also has extended travel restrictions and canceled Tribal Administration’s gatherings, such as cultural activities, through April 24. Little Wild Wolves Youth Center also is closed.

The Tribe is working closely with the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department in the decisions that affect its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This includes sanitation of its schools and workplaces and high touch areas, and encouragement of social distancing.

We understand school closures raise many questions and have implications including school meals, graduation, and other factors. We are working with school officials on plans to address a range of impacts, and we will be in communication with Chief Leschi Schools and Grandview Early Learning Center as we work through these issues.

Our response to the COVID-19 crisis began weeks ago and included the cancellation of travel and public events, precautions at the Elders facility and updates to our Tribal community. We are committed to keeping you informed during this emergency and will provide you with up-to-date and accurate information.

The coronavirus situation is fluid and changing frequently. Tribal members and employees are encouraged to watch for updates on the Tribe’s

We are a strong community and appreciate your support.