On August 5th, Governor Inslee, Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and State Health Officer Kathy Lofy announced a new framework to guide school districts and local health jurisdictions as they prepare for the start of school. A "decision tree" was created for school districts to determine how to resume school in the fall.
School reopening plans are made by the school district with support from the local health jurisdiction. Parents can request information about their child's school by contacting the district or school administrators.
The decision tree framework has 3 COVID-19 activity levels; High, Moderate, and Low.
High: >75 cases per 100,000 population in a 14 day period. At this level, the LHJ is strongly encouraging distance learning with the option for limited in-person learning for those who need it most - such as children with disabilities. Sports and extracurricular activities should be paused.
Moderate: 25-75 cases per 100,000 population in a 14 day period. The LHJ is strongly encouraging the same distance learning listed in 'high' but with gradual expansion to in-person learning. Sports and extracurricular activities should be paused.
Low: <25 cases per 100,000 population in a 14 day period. In-person learning for all elementary students and hybrid learning for middle and high school is considered. If the cases per 100K population remain steady or decrease, moving to in-person for all schools will be considered.
Public Health understands the COVID case rate per 100,000 can increase or decrease quickly in a small populated county like ours. For this reason, the Local Health Officer and Health Department staff will be supporting each superintendent to determine the appropriate public health measures needed for each school district.