Seattle Public Schools will maintain its plan to reopen in person following winter break, although families are being advised to “prepare for the possibility” of moving to remote learning.
Seattle schools will reopen in person after winter break
SPS first announced its intention to move forward with in-person learning on Dec. 22. The district’s latest update came Tuesday, reiterating that intent, while leaving the door open for changes in the near future as public health data continues to evolve.
“We are still tracking public health in Seattle and monitoring the surge in COVID-19 cases,” SPS said on its website. “The number of COVID-19 cases at schools more than doubled in the week before winter break, reflecting rapid spread of the Omicron variant throughout the region.”
Given the recent rise in COVID cases locally, the district is urging parents and students to ensure they’re prepared, should a shift to remote learning become necessary. That includes making sure that SPS-issued devices are activated and updated, checking in with schools if a student does not have a laptop or device, and requesting a wireless hotspot if needed.
“We recognize students learn best with teachers in the classroom and are planning to keep students and staff in schools,” the district noted. “SPS is positioned, however, to transition classrooms (or schools) to remote instruction, if necessary, at some point in January.”
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