All Washington schools will offer in-person learning by April: Gov. Jay Inslee

Mar 15 2021, 10:59 am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will sign an emergency proclamation ensuring that all school districts offer in-person learning by April.

According to the Office of Governor Inslee, the proclamation comes in response to mounting evidence of a mental health crisis among young people spawned by the pandemic.

“We have asked enough of our students and families,” Inslee said during a press conference Friday. “I have been motivated all year to get our students back in school; I have had many conversations with educators; I have toured schools that are back in person across the state, and I have seen the medical evidence, both for COVID transmission in schools and, very importantly, the impact of this pandemic on our children’s mental health.”

Inslee’s emergency proclamation will have most schools operating in a hybrid learning model where students are divided into groups and receive partial in-person instruction and partial remote instruction, to accommodate the health and safety requirements.

By April 5, all students in kindergarten through grade six must have the opportunity to engage in a hybrid model of instruction. By April 19, all other K-12 students must be provided a hybrid model of instruction.

All school districts must meet at least 30% of average weekly instructional hours on-campus for all K-12 students and must offer at least two days of on-campus in-person instruction per week.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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