Following the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order from Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, March 23, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released new guidance for school districts to plan for continued education.
Full details on what’s allowed (and restricted) under Inslee’s stay-at-home order
Although schools in Washington state are in the middle of a six-week closure, with all traditional in-person instruction canceled until at least April 24, OSPI has now said that education must continue. The office has provided a document with guidance for districts to use as a starting point in their planning.
“Further guidance will be grounded in compassion, communication, and common sense; rather than the traditional compliance measures we are all familiar with in our education community. Our schools are the backbone of our democracy and the structures, routines, and ongoing learning opportunities will create calm connections our families need at this critical time in our state.”
While some districts in the state have been providing a form of distance learning or working to implement a system for continued education during the closures, OSPI is now requiring all districts to start “building their capacity to provide equitable services during school closures.”
“We should avoid assuming that continuity of education outside of a typical school building can only occur through online means. Districts will provide instruction using printed learning materials, phone contact, email, technology-based virtual instruction, or a combination to meet student needs.”
Education services for all students statewide are expected to start by Monday, March 30.
OSPI also announced that it will

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