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Mukilteo School District puts reopening plans on hold

Tentative Oct. 26 date canceled

 

Last updated 10/14/2020 at 11:37am

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The Mukilteo School District is delaying its plans to bring back students for in-person instruction.

The district previously had set Oct. 26 as a tentative date to have preschool through grade two students back in buildings. But with COVID-19 case rates increasing in Snohomish County, the district has decided to pause those reopening plans, pending review of further data.

The district indicated it will monitor the county’s data updates for the next several weeks before deciding on a new target date or whether to delay in-person instruction.

The district added that it will give families at least two weeks advance notice of its plans for students to return to school in order to help parents, students and teachers prepare. Planning for in-person learning will continue with the assistance of Mukilteo School District Board and labor association leadership.

According to the Snohomish Health District, the COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 is on the rise over the last four weeks. The district also noted that the infection rates are higher within the school district boundaries compared to the rest of the county, which directly affects many of the district’s families.

The district said that the current guidance from Snohomish Health District and the Department of Health recommends limited in-person learning for students with the highest needs and youngest learners, while considering planning to expand to in-person for elementary students.

A video to help families get a better idea of what school will be like for those returning to in-person learning can be accessed at: https://youtu.be/ce09tETFYnM.

 

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