Education

Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide

This guidance is specific to K–12 public and private schools, regardless of what Phase of the
Governor’s Safe Start Plan their county is in. Counties in Phases 1 or 1.5 of the Plan must receive
approval to reopen from their local health authority. Changing health conditions in a county or
region may cause a local health authority or even the Governor to have to reconsider this
opportunity to open, but the primary planning of most districts should be a presumption of a fall
opening.
For some of you, in order to meet DOH requirements, your fall opening may be a hybrid face-to-face/online model or any combination of modalities and schedules that meet your local community needs, while also affording all students in your district access to their basic education rights. In addition, every district will need an alternative plan to return to full continuous remote learning in the event you cannot open or a local health authority or the Governor mandates a short- or long term closure after you open. We do not expect that, but a resurgence of COVID-19 is possible if we do not collectively do our parts to limit the spread of the virus.
The guidance provided here is the foundational framework you need to advance your reopening
plans if you have started them or to initiate them with urgency if you have not yet started. I
encourage you to engage your community in your planning efforts and bring many voices to the
table—parents and guardians, students, teachers, nurses, counselors, community-based
organizations, and many others.

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