Keeping Our Campus & Community Safe

SCP's response to COVID-19 | Last updated 07.31.2020

Is SCP opening? We are on track to open this Fall. We have taken and will be taking more precautions come Fall. Please see lower on this COVID page for full details.
We have decided to stay home, what do we need to do to unenroll our child? Right now and up until September 5th an email stating your name, your child's name and reason for disenrolling will work. After 9/5 you'll need a special form because your tuition payments will have begun. Please email [email protected] for the form.
 If we choose to withdraw enrollment will there be a way to reenroll our child when we feel it  is safe? You would loose the spot unfortunately, we have a waiting list for most of our classes, especially now with other schools not going back. You can reenroll your child as long as there is space in their previous classroom. Or  we may need to find another class with space. You will not be charged the fee's again even though it states in our handbook you would.
Would we be considered a returning family for next year? Yes due to these circumstances we are allowing this years enrolled families, even if they pull out to be a returning family next year.
What will happen if a child tests positive for COVID? We will need to shut down for a few days to clean. From there we will follow the guidance of the Health Department and our state Licensor.

Thank you for being patient with us. We are all in this together and we are all trying to continue to do what is best.

Same current information as before. We have a board meeting and a webinar with the Department of Early Learning next week.  Keep here for updates.

Dear SCP Families:

We are busy planning for schools to open on September 8th. We are working on finalizing an official statement but even every "final" could change with the ever changing circumstances.

We know parents need detailed information about drop off times, pick up and extra programs as soon as possible.
We will update this page weekly even if nothing  has changed!

What we do know:
  • Staff will  be masked until it is safe or until the order is lifted. Students at this time for our age group are not required to be masked. We are working closely with our licensor to continue to watch this for our age grouping. (We fall under early childhood not school age children.)
  • We will have temp checks at the door. Drop off and pick up will be at the doors around our building. Families are asked to stay at the door as we escort your child back to their classroom. (We are also aware this may be a little challenging for young children and will have you escort your child back if they feel uncomfortable with us doing so.) Each family will be assigned a door due to their class placement. If you have siblings in different doors, please choose the younger child's door to drop off at. 
  • 2’s class will be dropped off and picked up at their classroom. If you have siblings in this class, you can drop all children in this class, and we will escort older children to their classrooms.
  • Sanitizer will be used around the building and on children’s hands. We will have a new form for you to sign acknowledging you are aware of the brand and that your children will be supervised when using it. This will not replace handwashing just in addition to it.
  • The way we serve snack, attend Chapel and allow children’s belongings will look a little different, but we are still wanting to give your child the best YES environment we possibly can.
  • We won’t be offering a hybrid system.
  • Class sizes are as follows: 2's 14 children, 3's 16 children, 4/5's 18 children. Any class over 10 will always have two teachers.
  • We have a rigorous cleaning routine and schedule. 
  • If we need to close for any reason due to COVID it will be under the instruction of our Licensor, and the local Health Department. We have been working closely with them throughout all of this.
  • We have had great test runs with this system due to opening our doors to healthcare workers in the Spring and our camps this Summer.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support as we plan to implement these new routines. Changing circumstances and unprecedented requirements have slowed our planning this summer. We recognize that uncertainty around school in the Fall is frustrating for families and makes planning difficult. We are continuing to do our best to keep you informed as soon as we know more.

Many Blessings,

Julia Shanburn
SCP Director

April 7th, 2020 Update

I am writing you with a heavy heart. As many of you are aware, yesterday at 2:30, Governor Inslee extended school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Due to this directive, SCP will sadly not be coming back for school until next fall.

Our desire is to remain committed to being in contact with you and your children throughout the remainder of the school year. Just because we will not be meeting in person, does not mean that this is the end of connecting with one another. We still have two chapels remaining, and our team is committed to recording those and getting them to you so that your kids still feel connected to this community. In addition to chapel, we are exploring other creative ways to keep your kids feeling connected throughout the spring.

We know this isn’t ideal, and we are aware that this disruption in life and work has created a hardship for many in our Sunset Christian Preschool family. Please know that we are actively praying for you, and if there is anything you need—pastoral or otherwise, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We love you all and are thankful for your presence and support during this time

Julia Shanburn  
Director of Sunset Christian Preschool
253.564.2522 ext. 121
[email protected]

March 13, 2020 Update

Dear SCP Family,

Yesterday Governor Inslee issued an emergency order directing that all K-12 schools in our three-county area be closed beginning no later than end-of-day March 16th, through April 24th. Preschools were not included in yesterday’s directive. However, in follow-up conversations with local government officials it is clear the intent of the governor’s directive is that preschools also take action to be consistent with his emergency order.
After long discussion, the preschool leadership team has made the difficult decision to close Sunset Christian Preschool in alignment with the governor’s emergency order. Our rationale is this: We want to be a proactive community partner, supporting our government leaders and actively contribute to slowing the spread of this virus.
Here are the specifics of this decision:
  • The first day of the preschool closure will be Tuesday March 17th.
  • The closure is planned to continue through Friday April 24th. This date lines up with the governor’s directive. As government health leaders evaluate the spread of this virus over these next weeks, this closure end date could possibly change.
  • This upcoming closure will be for six weeks – five of these are weeks of scheduled classes and one week is our scheduled spring break.
  • To restore most of the time lost time by this upcoming closure we are extending the SCP school year for four weeks until July 3rd.
  • This coming Monday March 16th we will have classes at the regular times. We believe this day gives an opportunity for us to see and support each other before entering this closure period. Abrupt transitions can be difficult for your children; we welcome you to bring your child by for at least a few minutes Monday to say a good-bye to their teacher and to also add a little normalcy. We understand that some of you may choose to keep your children home Monday and we certainly respect your decision to do what you feel is best for your family.  
Finally, a couple of additional important notes:
  • Since yesterday afternoon we have been in touch with several other preschools in our area. All these preschools are making plans to close.
  • The tuition payment schedule continues as is. By extending the school year and maintaining the existing tuition payment schedule we will be able to fully compensate our teachers.
  • We will continue to be in touch by email during the closure period. Some of these emails will be news updates; others will offer creative and fun activities for your children during this time away from SCP.
  • We are aware that the new schedule will impact some summer camps here. We will come back around to address the camp schedule and registration fees on these camps at a later date.
Thank you for your support and understanding as together we walk through this difficult period. Beyond these school specifics, if you have any pastoral needs now or during these closure weeks, please let us know – we would love to support you in as many ways as we can. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Julia Shanburn or any of the UPPC executive team below.

Julia Shanburn  
Director of Sunset Christian Preschool
253.564.2522 ext. 121
[email protected]
Rev. Aaron Stewart                          Mike Bates                                          Rob Clark
Senior Pastor                                     Executive Minister                           Minister of Children & Youth
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March 9, 2020 Update
We continue to monitor COVID-19. Please  know that we are getting advice and counsel from expert sources as we assess the situation and make decisions. Our HR team and head staff has had and will continue to have ongoing communication with reputable sources like the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) and trusted medical advisors within our community.

As most of you know the first cases of COVID-19 in Pierce County have been announced. For now, there are still no known cases in University Place and no one in the University Place School District has tested positive for the virus nor has anyone in Sunset Christian Preschool.

TPCHD has been very helpful and will continue to provide recommendations. At this point, we’ve been advised to continue to keep our school cleaning routines and take our normal precautions. Our staff and custodians are diligently keeping our facility clean. We believe that our campus and school are safe.

In talking with the UPSD Superintendent at this time, any school closures would be made on a case by case basis. So, if one school closes, that does not necessarily mean that we (or any other school) will close as well. Any further action we might take—such as temporarily closing SCP—will be made with the input of the TPCHD and our medical advisors.

Please note that we will continue to coordinate with the TPCHD on a regular basis. We will continue to post updates on Class DoJo, Facebook, and our website.

March 3, 2020 Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory virus from a larger family of viral illnesses that include the common cold.  Sunset Christian Preschool is committed to keeping our learning community informed. The health and well-being of our students, staff, and community are a top concern.
We are receiving regular updates from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department on the COVID-19 outbreak. We will follow their directives on keeping the school open or closing them to prevent the spread of any disease. The DOH has not advised schools to take any special precautions beyond what is normally recommended to prevent the spread of viruses in schools at this time. Prevention is key.
In order to keep our school clean and free of disease, custodians and teachers are closely following cleaning recommendations from the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. We are already taking extra measures in our daily cleaning.
We continue to educate our students and staff about the prevention of disease and encourage everyone to take these simple steps.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose. We help them by reminding them to clean the tops, bottoms and in betweens. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your cough pocket (the inner portion of your elbow)
Please know we will update our parents, students, and staff as we receive new information or need to take other actions.
Public Resources
The DOH has established a call center to answer questions regarding the virus. If you have specific questions, you can call Health’s public call center at 1-800-525-0127, then wait and press #.

Washington State Department of Health: Coronavirus webpage 

Center for Disease Control (CDC): Coronavirus webpage