Schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.
Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced on Monday the extension of school closures for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The state’s more than 1.2 million public and private K-12 students will continue distance learning at least until their terms end in June. Schools have been shut statewide since March 17 and had been scheduled to reopen April 27.
That order keeps both public and private schools closed in accordance with the governor’s original order on March 13.
The governor’s proclamation prohibits in-person instruction through June 19, with exceptions for students with disabilities and English language learners for whom distance learning would present challenges.
Facilities remain accessible for limited use, including providing child care and packing take-home meals for students’ families to pick up. All activities must follow Department of Health social distancing guidelines.
As part of this closure, the WIAA have announced that this also includes the cancellation of all in-person extracurricular athletics and activities through the end of the school year.
This will include all regular season contests and practices as well as all postseason tournaments and championship events.
Inslee said that he feels students’ grades will not suffer as a result of the closure and encouraged them to take advantage of remaining learning opportunities. The governor also asked teachers and administrators to work together on the best path forward for the remainder of the school year.
Read the proclamation here.