Seattle Public Schools recommends courses be held online in September

Jul 22 2020, 2:15 pm

With a steady rise in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks, educators, students, parents, and guardians have been concerned about schools reopening in the fall.

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Superintendent Denise Juneau is now recommending that the district adopt a remote learning model in the fall, as cases of coronavirus continue to increase.

The SPS Board of Directors will vote on the recommendation during its regular board meeting on August 12 — the recommendation includes having all K-12 students continue with remote learning until the risk from the virus is significantly lower.

“Every recommendation regarding this fall has been made by taking into consideration the latest data and science,” said Superintendent Juneau. “The current trajectory of infection in King County and the most recent data and information from public health makes it clear that resuming school in-person this fall is impossible.”

The recommendation to use a remote-only learning model has been endorsed by both the Seattle Education Association and the Principals Association of Seattle Schools.

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