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2020-2021 School Year Reopening Plan

Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

Renton School District Families,

Thank you for all that you do each day to support your student(s) as we continue with remote learning. As we head into the weekend, I want to update you regarding COVID-19 health metrics and my conversations with Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC).

You may have heard in the media that cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again in King County after two months of decline. Yesterday, Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC) announced that there are 92 cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks (see key indicators of COVID-19 activity). This rate places the county in the high-risk range for COVID-19 activity (75+ cases per 100,000 residents over a 2-week period) per the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) Decision Tree for the Provision of In-Person Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Given the current trajectory of the data, at this time it is unlikely that the Renton School District will offer an in-person Preschool through 5th grade hybrid model option before January 2021. The most likely scenario is that the vast majority of students will continue with remote learning through at least the end of December.

While an in-person hybrid option appears unlikely before the end of the calendar year (December), the Renton School District will continue to explore options for limited in-person learning for small groups and cohorts of students with the greatest needs (e.g., students with disabilities, youngest learners). This will be done in accordance with guidance from DOH.

Additionally, I want to thank the nearly 5,300 elementary families (71%) that have completed the K-5 In-Person Learning Family Survey. Your feedback supports our planning efforts for if and when we are able to offer in-person learning for our students.

I recognize that there is not a perfect decision that will meet each family’s needs. Yet, the guiding principle for these decisions remains the health and safety of all students and staff.

Moving forward, we will monitor the data and work with PHSKC to determine when we can have students return to pre-school and elementary school campuses in a hybrid model. 

I appreciate your flexibility, patience, and support of our students during these challenging times.


Damien Pattenaude, Superintendent

Additional Work to Start the School Year