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Renton School District

2020-2021 School Year Reopening Plan

District considering gradual return to in-person learning 

We continue to monitor county health metrics to determine the potential for providing in-person learning for our students. As of Sept. 23, King County has a COVID-19 infection rate of 51 cases per 100,000 residents as shown by Public Health – Seattle & King County’s key indicators (data is updated weekly). This rate places the county in the moderate range (25-75 cases/100K residents over a 14-day period). In this range, school districts can consider in-person learning for elementary students and students that receive special education services in an ILC classroom in accordance with Washington State Department of Health guidelines.

Public Health recommends that school districts consider having younger students be the first to gradually come back to in-person learning and implementing a phased approach to hybrid and in-person services so that schools, districts, and communities are not overwhelmed. Based on these recommendations, we are starting to develop plans for the potential return of our preschool and elementary students to in-person learning that prioritizes our youngest learners, uses a hybrid schedule, and phases in students by grade level.

Key to the planning process is knowing whether families intend to have their students return for in-person learning or prefer to stay with a remote learning option. Families with students in Preschool through 5th grade please take the PreK-5 grade In-Person Learning Survey below to provide us with you preference.

Additionally, we are preparing for the eventual opening of school buildings by updating health and safety protocols, creating transportation plans, arranging meal distribution, and addressing a range of other necessary tasks and services. We will also continue conversations with employee groups regarding the potential return to in-person learning.

No matter the decision, our guiding principle is, and will remain, the health and safety of students and staff.

Additional Work to Start the School Year