Puyallup School District starts SMART on the first day of school, Sept. 3*.

SMART StartPSD will launch SMART Start on the first day of school, an intentional focus bringing school staff and families together to ensure a safe, meaningful, authentic, respectful, and timely (SMART) start to the school year. 

Like the 
Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) program, SMART Start is a plan to help ensure a successful start for all students and connects the key adults in a child’s life to school staff.  

The SMART Start 
engagement program focuses on creating opportunities for families and students that build relationships and set learning goals.  

Because in-person interactions are limited due to COVID-19, virtual SMART Start connection meetings will be conducted to:

  1.   1.  Connect teachers, students, and families through video 

  2.   2.  Create positive first impressions and foster safe learning environments 

  1.   3.  Understand social and emotional needs

  1.   4.  Ensure access to resources

SMART Start connection meetings will be conducted Sept. 4-11.  School staff will schedule connection meetings individually with students and families.

*The first day of school for all students, including preschool and kindergarten, is Sept. 3 


   Elementary  Secondary


To intentionally create time for learners to adjust to our new learning environment and ensure access to resources


Understand social & emotional needs
Create positive first impressions
Connect with families through video

Build relationship
Create community
Connect with families


September 4-11*

Thursday, 9/3 and Friday, 9/4

  *School staff will schedule connection meetings individually with students and families.