What will back to school look like in the fall? The short answer is, we’re not sure yet. But please know we’re diligently planning for a range of scenarios, from reopening school buildings to continuing distance learning.
Knowing that state and federal public health authorities will determine when and to what extent schools can reopen, we’re planning now to be prepared for whatever option the state decides. This is in collaboration with our labor partners and representatives from our schools and parent association.
Our planning is in line with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), which has convened a Reopening Washington Schools 2020-21 Workgroup to plan the reopening of schools and will provide guidance in the coming months.
You might also be wondering about how we’re going to wrap up this school year, from gathering personal belongings to turning in books. The timeline for when this is allowed depends on when Gov. Inslee announces the move from Phase 1 to Phase 2. This is expected to happen around June 1. Once we move into Phase 2, school principals will communicate to families the protocol for picking up personal belongings and dropping off District-owned materials.
Thanks for your patience as we work through this intense planning while waiting for guidance from the state. Please stay tuned for more information.