Dieringer District News

September 3, 2022

Educating every child for confidence today and contribution tomorrow.

The Dieringer School District will provide all students with appropriate high-quality programs in a safe, challenging and inclusive school environment. This mission will be undertaken with respect for and in partnership with families and the community.

A Message from the Superintendent

Welcome back, and welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. As we begin this new school year a familiar sense of optimism and excitement has returned. While this is the third year in a row that COVID-19 has impacted us, we are finally beginning a school year that looks and feels normal, or at least really close to normal.

Over the spring and summer, several of our staff retired or moved on to the next phase in their careers. The new staff we have hired to succeed those people come to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience and are excellent additions to our team. I'm excited for our new staff to begin their careers in Dieringer and start teaching our students. Check our Facebook page over the next few weeks as we feature our new staff members.

One of our many areas of focus this school year is Social Emotional Learning (SEL). As we strive to educate the whole child, SEL is an important component. In addition to ensuring students succeed academically, we also need to ensure that we are helping you raise children that grow into quality adults who care for themselves and can connect with and care for others. On August 30th at our district-wide school year kick-off, our staff learned about the science of hope and research that shows hope is a practice and way of thinking that can help people be more successful and better prepared for adversity. We also learned how to implement strategies in our classrooms that support these ideas from Character Strong which may sound familiar as we have been using materials and resources from them for the last couple of years in Dieringer.

Enjoy the long Labor Day weekend. We're excited to see everyone at school on September 6th. Share your first day of school pictures with us again this year using the hashtag #DieringerBTS.

Michael Farmer


New COVID-19 Guidance for Fall 2022

Washington state updated its COVID-19 school and child care guidance on August 5, 2022. Following these safety measures reduces the spread of COVID-19. This letter explains how the updated guidance impacts your family and the community.

Health and Safety Requirements for this Fall:

  • Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home for 5 days. If symptoms improve and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, students and staff can come back to school and are encouraged to test before returning.

  • Students and staff returning to school after isolation should wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10. Individuals returning to school from isolation should also remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities.
  • Students and staff who test positive towards the end of the 5 full days of isolation, and/or on days 6-10 must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period.
  • We will inform students, families, and staff when there are cases or outbreaks in school. Schools are no longer required to directly notify high risk students or staff. We will continue to maintain our COVID dashboard to report COVID cases in the district and we will communicate outbreaks to families by email, printed communication, or newsletter.

These requirements are in place for all public and private K-12 schools and childcare facilities in Washington state. Schools and childcare facilities are required by state law to follow these guidelines.

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing for staff and students at all our schools.

Households are encouraged to test as needed at home. In Washington state, you can receive free self-tests from the Say Yes! COVID Test program. Most insurance covers the costs of up to 8 self-tests per individual per month.

COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 6 months and older. Booster doses are also available for children 5 years and older. You are encouraged to vaccinate your children if they are eligible, in consultation with your health care provider.

You can reach us at covid_info@dieringer.wednet.edu for help or more information.

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November Capital Levy

In July, the Dieringer School Board approved a resolution to place a capital levy on the November 8, 2022 ballot. This is essentially the same levy that was put before our voters in February. If approved this levy will fund critical infrastructure upgrades at all three schools and provide us with the opportunity to add a turf field to improve outdoor learning spaces and athletic facilities at North Tapps Middle School. For more information visit our website.
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Strategic Planning Committee

The Dieringer School District Board of Directors is looking for staff, parents, and community members to join a strategic planning committee this fall. The committee will meet five to six times in September, October, November, and December. Meetings will be on weekdays in the late afternoon or early evening to minimize conflicts during the day. The end goal is to present a draft plan to the board at the end of November and have time for additional community input in December. The board would then adopt the new plan at the December meeting.

The development of this new plan is a unique opportunity for the Dieringer community and the school board to define what is important for our students to accomplish in our district. The new plan will also detail our goals, how we’ll monitor progress toward achieving those goals, and how we’ll determine success.

If you’re interested in being a part of this group please complete this Google Form.

Nutrition Services

To view meal prices and lunch menus, visit our Nutrition Services page.

Dieringer Heights Elementary School

Click to visit the DHES page.

Lake Tapps Elementary School

Click to visit the LTES page.

North Tapps Middle School

Click to visit the NTMS page.

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2022-2023 Bus Routes

Bus Routes are posted.

School Board Meetings

Meeting schedule, public comment, and minutes information can be found on the website.

  • Friday, September 9th : Special Board Meeting - Summer Board Retreat
  • Thursday, September 22nd : Special Board Meeting - Study Session
  • Monday, September 26th : Regular Board Meeting - 6:00