Gov. Inslee shares updated guidance for returning students to in-person instruction

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear students, staff, families and community,

This afternoon, Gov. Inslee had a press conference regarding preK-12 schools and bringing more students back for in-person instruction. (You can also watch it on TVW, though it may not be available right away.)

He shared data demonstrating what we have learned about schools having minimal virus spread given our safety protocols. The governor encouraged districts to continue bringing back more students and highlighted some revised guidelines from the Washington state Department of Health. You can also read a summary of the governor’s remarks and the new health guidelines from our State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal.

My initial take is that we are in a great position as a district to keep moving forward with our plans, which include bringing back second graders on Jan. 14 and Promise Kindergarten students on Jan. 25. We will continue to prepare to bring back students in grades 3-12, with some ideally as soon as the end of January or beginning of February.

After winter break, we will assess our health metrics and guidance from our health department to inform our decisions regarding next steps.

Thank you to all of our students, staff, families and extended community members for all that you’re doing as we get one more step closer to the end of this pandemic.

Greg Baker