Reopening Washington Schools: Q&A for School Districts
Get All Your Questions about School Reopening Guidance Answered!
To accompany their school reopening guidance, OSPI has posted a Q&A document.
This Q&A is intended to answer common questions from school and district leaders about the school reopening guidance.
OSPI will publish additional questions and answers over the summer and will continue to prioritize support of school districts as the most critical work to do right now.
Tell Me More About OSPI’s School Reopening Guidance
On June 11, 2020, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released the Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide to provide a framework for schools to use to begin planning what their return to school in the fall would look like.
This guide advises districts to prioritize providing face-to-face instruction as public health conditions allow, instituting physical distancing and other preventative practices to keep students and staff healthy.
When face-to-face instruction is not possible, districts can use the considerations listed in OSPI’s guidance to design appropriate local plans for meeting the needs of all students.
In addition, every school district should have a contingency plan in place for continuous remote learning should they need to close to preserve health and safety.
While face-to-face learning is the goal, the guidance includes three concepts for school districts to consider adapting and building from, should they be limited in face-to-face learning in the fall:
- Split or rotating schedules with distance learning,
- Phased-in opening with continuous learning, and
- Continuous learning 2.0, a more effective remote learning system.
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