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Back to school in Southwest Washington: What your district's plan looks like

Almost every Washington school district is expected to have some form of remote or blended learning this fall, according to Superintendent Chris Reykdal.

Allison Sundell, KGW Staff

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It will be “almost impossible” for all Washington students to return to in-person classes in the fall, according to Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal.

The sticking point? Maintaining 6 feet of distance between students, teachers, and staff would be the biggest challenge considering normal class sizes.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity in a lot of places, but it just simply can’t happen everywhere for all students,” Reykdal said in a video the state shared earlier this month.

All public and private K-12 schools have been closed since March 17 when the coronavirus pandemic forced districts to shift to remote learning. On June 11, the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released guidance for fall learning, including requirements that students and staff wear masks and social distance if in-person classes resume.

Over the summer, districts will rearrange classrooms and common spaces and develop new protocols to maintain distance. But Reykdal said many districts will need to have some form of remote or blended learning to accommodate families and state mandates.

Here's a look at the back-to-school frameworks Southwest Washington school districts have released so far.