Vancouver schools announces plan for return to in-person schooling

Vancouver schools announces plan for return to in-person schooling”

Gov. Kim Reynolds is pushing to get students back into classrooms.

The continuation of in-person tutoring and Saturday School programs at the secondary level will be determined by each school.

Vancouver Public Schools Superintendent Steve Webb plans to propose a timeline at Tuesday's school board meeting that would have students in all elementary grades moving to twice-a-week, in-person learning by February 1, the district announced Friday.

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From Dec. 24 to January 6, there were 178 students and 253 staff members who reported a positive test for COVID-19 within seven days of being inside school buildings, according to a report released Thursday by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. At the start of the school year, the state required students to show both a doctor's note and a negative test to be released from quarantine. State education officials are not tracking when the cases occur, only when local school officials report them to the state. "While we have developed a phased-in plan for all students K-12 to return to in-person learning, we are prepared to delay the return of older students, if necessary". "If families enroll in Bend-La Pine Schools Online, they may be able to transition back to a brick-and-mortar school where space is available in the future". Please do not send your students to school tomorrow (1-8-2021), it will be a virtual day. With COVID-19 vaccines not expected to be fully distributed for many more months, at least some transmission of the virus in school communities is highly likely. Students will attend class in-person twice a week divided into Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday pairings, and remain in remote learning three days a week.

The phased plan for Bend-La Pine Schools' reopening is below.

"I know a lot of private schools are claiming that they have the space to properly social distance and they have the means to make sure their students are wearing masks and washing their hands [but] we cannot allow private schools to do what public schools can't do".

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