LIST: School districts determine back to school plans

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SPOKANE, Wash. — School districts across Eastern Washington and North Idaho are finalizing plans for a safe and healthy return to school in the fall.

Plans are subject to change and may fluctuate as COVID-19 conditions change. 4 News Now will update this list as districts announce plans or changes.

Eastern Washington

Adams County

  • Lind-Ritzville School District has not finalized plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Othello School District will begin the school year with an online model that is subject to change as COVID conditions improve. More information can be found here.
  • Washtucna School District has not announced a plan for the upcoming school year.

Douglas County

  • Bridgeport School District has not yet announced its plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Mansfield School District has not announced its plans for the upcoming school year, but encourages parents to fill out this survey.
  • Orondo School District has not announced plans for returning to class, but encourages parents to fill out this survey.

Grant County

  • Almira/Coulee-Hartline School District has not yet announced its plans to return to school.
  • Ephrata School District has not announced its return to school plan, citing the uncertainty with the pandemic. Superintendent Tim Payne said the decision may require a special meeting in August.
  • Moses Lake School District is looking at a few models. The first is a blended learning model that would allow students to learn in-person as much as possible, but would include remote learning days, each under the direction of a teacher. A second model is an on-campus model that will include full days on-campus under the direction of a teacher. The third model is fully remote learning. Find more information here.
  • Quincy School District will start school online this September. The district will be on a 100 percent remote learning model and will require all students to participate from home Monday-Friday.
  • Royal School District is looking at a handful of options. Option 1 would allow for K-3 students to be in school each day, while grade 4-12 split their time with in-person and remote learning. Option 2 would have every student on an alternating schedule with 50 percent in-person and 50 percent distance learning. Option 3 allows for fully remote learning. No matter the plan, parents have the option to choose full distance learning. Find more info here. 
  • Soap Lake School District is looking at two models for the fall. The first is a blended model with students in the building four a days a week in the morning or afternoon. Model 2 is an online model with students working at home.
  • Wahluke School District is still working to confirm plans for the return to school. Parents are encouraged to fill out this survey.
  • Warden School District has not yet announced plans to return to class.
  • Wilson Creek School District plans to have some students in-person full time, while others will operate on a rotating schedule. According to the Superintendent, K-5 students will be in-person Monday through Thursday, while 6-12 grades operate on a rotating schedule. All students will participate in distance learning on Fridays.

Ferry County

  • Curlew School District has not announced their plans for fall.
  • Inchelium School District has not announced plans for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Keller School District has not yet announced plans for the fall.
  • Orient School District has not announced a plan for the fall.
  • Republic School District has not yet announced plans for the fall. You can find updates here.

Lincoln County

  • Davenport School District has not made set plans for the return to class.
  • Harrington School District is looking at two options: on-site face-to-face learning and distance learning. The district is looking to get 100 percent of students back into the classroom four to five days a week for face-to-face learning. There will be an online/homeschool option available for families that wish to keep their children home.
  • Odessa School District has not announced plans for the 2020-2021 school year, but asks that parents fill out this survey.
  • Reardan-Edwall School District has not announced plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Wilbur-Creston School District has not announced plans for the upcoming school year, but encourages parents to fill out this survey.

Okanogan County

  • Methow Valley School District has not finalized plans, but is considering a hybrid model of distance and online learning.
  • Okanogan School District is looking to make a decision in August. The district is looking at various options, including a full reopening, a hybrid model, having students alternate days in the classroom, as well as 100 percent remote learning. More info can be found here. 
  • Omak School District has not finalized plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Oroville School District has not announced finalized plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Pateros School District is set to begin in-person learning on September 1. Parents who wish for their students to continue distance learning may do so and should contact the district. Students in grades K-5 can do distance learning through Accelerate Education, while 6-12 students will use a program called Edgenuity. 
  • Tonasket School District is still developing plans for the upcoming school year.

Pend Oreille County

  • Cusick School District is still developing plans for the fall and asks parents to fill out this survey. 
  • Newport School District plans to have students return to in-person learning. More information can be found here.
  • Selkirk School District is continuing to plan, but is aiming to return to in-person learning. More information can be found here.

Spokane County

  • Central Valley School District will begin the year with a full virtual learning environment for all grade levels. Families will be able to choose from three different options. The first option is a school-paced virtual learning with a preference to transition to in-person learning when schools are allowed to do so. Class will be led by CVSD teachers and allow students to have an easier transition to in-person learning when it is available. The second option is school-paced learning with a preference to stay virtual for the full school year. This will allow students to keep the same teachers throughout the year. The third option is a self-paced virtual learning plan, which will allow students to work at their own pace to complete assignments over the course of the school year, guided by CVSD teachers. Families must make their decision by August 21.
  • Cheney School District will begin the 2020-21 school year online, with a staged reopening plan based on the COVID-19 situation. There will be six stages, ranging from 100-percent distance learning to hybrid learning to in-person learning.
  • Deer Park School District has not yet announced plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • East Valley School District has not announced plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Freeman School District has not finalized plans for the fall.
  • Gonzaga Prep has released tentative back-to-school plans. The goal is to have students in the classroom twice a week, accompanied by digital instruction in between. Students will be split into two groups and each group will spend alternating days in the classroom. More information can be found here.
  • Liberty School District has not finalized plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Mead School District continues to develop plans for the 2020-2021 school year. The district will continue face-to-face instruction if approved by the state, but is also looking at rotating schedules and full-time distance learning. More info can be found here.
  • Medical Lake School District is continuing to develop a plan, but has asked parents to fill out this survey.
  • Nine Mile Falls School District is reviewing multiple plans and a face-to-face model is the top priority. If students cannot return to school five days a week, the district will move to a blended model that would offer in-person instruction two or three days a week, as well as remote learning for the remaining days. A fully remote learning plan is also available if the district needs it.
  • Northwest Christian has not announced plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Spokane Public Schools will begin the school year with a full-time distance learning plan. The plan will be different from remote learning earlier this year and will include real-time learning with a teacher, set start and dismissal times and a blend of live instruction, group work and independent activities. The district is also looking at in-person learning for students who have special health or education needs that cannot be delivered through distance learning. Learn more here. 
  • St. Aloysius’ is looking at three options for fall. The first is to offer full face-to-face instruction. The second option is for blended hybrid learning, which would include both in-person and distance learning. The third option is to continue full-time distance learning. More info can be found here.
  • St. George’s has not yet finalized a plan for the fall.
  • West Valley School District is looking at a few different options: in-person and remote learning. If students return, elementary students will go to class on-site every day. Middle and high school students would attend on a hybrid model: they will be learning in-person and at home with a rotating A/B schedule. Click here for a full description of the proposed models. 

Stevens County 

  • Chewelah School District is planning to have Gess Elementary students on-site every day. Elementary students at Quartzite Learning will be on a modified schedule, which will be offered in sections. Jenkins Jr/Sr High students will be on an alternating schedule and will attend class on-site two days per week, then work remotely for three days. Find more information here.
  • Columbia School District has four possible plans. Plan A includes traditional school with three-feet of social distancing and an online option for those who want it. Plan B includes traditional school with students practicing six-foot social distancing. Plan C is a hybrid model that will include elementary and middle school students attending two days on-site and three days online. High school students would be on-site four days a week and one day online. Plan D moves all students to remote learning. The full reopening framework can be found here.
  • Colville School District has not yet announced plans for the fall.
  • Kettle Falls School District is planning to offer in-person instruction for each grade level. K-4 students will go to school Monday through Thursday. Grades 5 and 6 will go on-site Monday-Thursday, while grades 7 and 8 are divided into two groups and alternate days. High schoolers will also be divided into two groups and go to class on alternating days. Find more information here.
  • Loon Lake School District has not announced plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Mary Walker School District has not finalized plans for the upcoming school year, but asks parents to fill out this survey.
  • Northport School District has not announced plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Onion Creek School District has not announced plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Valley School District has not finalized plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Wellpinit School District has not announced plans, but asks that families fill out this survey.

Whitman County

  • Colfax School District intends to open schools five days per week for in-person learning.
  • Colton School District has not announced a plan for the fall.
  • Endicott School District is planning to reopen schools for face-to-face instruction. The district is also planning for online options. Information can be found here. 
  • Garfield-Palouse School District is aiming to finalize plans during the week of August 10-14.
  • LaCrosse School District has not finalized a plan, but is aiming for in-person learning.
  • Oakesdale School District is planning to open “normally” – allowing all students to be in class every day. School is set to begin on September 2. Click here for more information. 
  • Pullman School District has not finalized a plan for the fall. The latest information can be found here.
  • Rosalia School District is set to provide in-person instruction beginning September 1. Families have the option to pick an online curriculum. More information can be found here.
  • Tekoa School District has not announced plans for the fall, but ask parents to fill out this survey.

Universities: 

  • Eastern Washington University: the university allows students to live on or off campus, as well as take classes online or in-person. The university has an “online-first” model that ensures all classes are intentionally designed for both online and in-person delivery. Classes will start online unless it’s safe to offer them in-person. Find more information here.
  • Gonzaga University: The university is encouraging faculty to deliver course content in the best way possible based on subject matter. Some lecture courses will be taught online, while others, like science labs, will be offered on campus and face-to-face. Find more information here.
  • Washington State University: The university has moved all fall instruction online. WSU will announce further plans on August 1. Click here for more information. 
  • Whitworth University: The president of the university said there are no changes to campus operations this fall, including on-campus housing, dining and student services. Classes will be taught in-person and online.

North Idaho

Boundary County

  • Boundary County School District will operate dependent on three categories, which are governed by the school board. Category one, which is defined by no or isolated community transmission, allows students to attend school full time, in-person. Category two, which is defined by minimal/moderate community transmission, includes students attending school two days per week in-person and two days remotely. Students will be divided into groups that alternate. Remote learning will also be available. Category three, which would be put in place if there was substantial community transmission, will move all students home to remote learning. Find the full plan here.

Bonner County

  • Lake Pend Oreille School District has not yet announced plans for the fall.
  • West Bonner County School District will operate on a Green/Yellow/Red system, indicating various levels of community spread as determined by health officials. Green means students will return for full-time schooling and activities, with health guidelines in place; Yellow means a moderate community spread, and instruction will be shifted to a hybrid model, with students attending on alternating days, and remote learning available; Red means substantial spread, in which case all learning is moved online.

Benewah County

  • Plummer-Worley Joint School District plans to open schools to students five days per week, starting on September 8.
  • St. Maries Joint School District has not finalized plans for the 2020-2021 school year, but their School Board will meet and vote on August 10.

Clearwater County

  • Orofino Joint School District has not announced plans for the upcoming school year.

Kootenai County

  • Coeur d’Alene School District has not finalized plans, but asks parents to fill out this survey.
  • Lakeland School District will operate under different designations depending on the state of COVID-19 in the community. Students will follow a traditional schedule if there is no community spread, meaning students will attend full-time and in-person. There will still be a full-time online option for students. If there is minimum community/school spread, students will move to a modified traditional schedule, meaning students will attend school four days a week, in-person. A full-time online option will still be available. If there is moderate community/school spread, students will shift to a blended learning model where they will alternate between in-person and distance learning. If community spread is substantial, the district will move to complete online learning. Find more information here.
  • Kootenai School District will operate on a Green/Yellow/Red system, indicating various levels of community spread as determined by health officials. Green means students will return for full-time schooling and activities, with health guidelines in place; Yellow means a moderate community spread, but school will remain full-time, five days a week with more rigorous health guidelines in place; Red means substantial spread, in which case all learning is moved online.
  • Post Falls School District will operate on a Green-Yellow-Orange-Red system that corresponds with community spread. Green means there is evidence of isolated cases and no evidence of exposure in large communal settings. This will allow for regular in-person learning. An online option will be available. Yellow means community spread and/or sustained transmission with high likelihood or confirmed exposure in communal settings. Students will still attend school full time with implementation of a mask mandate and other procedures in accordance with the health district. Orange means there is widespread community transmission. PFSD schools will shift to an alternate day hybrid schedule with some part-time in-person learning and part-time at home. Red means there is large-scale community transmission and PFSD will shift to full-time remote learning. Find more information here.

Latah County

  • Genesee Joint School District has not detailed specific reopening plans for the fall.
  • Kendrick Joint School District will operate on a Green-Yellow-Red system that outlines what students, parents and staff can expect under different conditions. Green means schools will reopen and students will attend class in-person. Yellow means schools will shift to a hybrid schedule, with students alternating days in the classroom and distance learning. Red means students will stay at home and do full distance learning. Learn more here. 
  • Moscow School District has not yet finalized plans for the upcoming school year, but will hold a Special Board meeting on Tuesday, August 3 to determine their next steps.
  • Potlatch School District has moved the first day of school from August 24 to September 8 (after Labor Day), and will be implementing a hybrid model of learning; students will attend alternating days with the goal of learning in-person at least two days per week, and the remainder of their weekly instruction will be held online. The School Board will continue meeting to determine face mask usage and other guidelines.
  • Troy School District will operate on a Green-Yellow-Red system that outlines what students, parents and staff can expect under different conditions. Green means schools will reopen and students will attend class in-person. Yellow means schools will shift to a hybrid schedule, with students alternating days in the classroom and distance learning. Red means students will stay at home and do full distance learning. Find more information here. 
  • Whitepine Joint School District has not announced final plans for the fall, but the School Board will vote on a plan Monday night, August 3.

Nez Perce County

  • Culdesac Joint School District has not announced plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Lapwai School District has not yet announced plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Lewiston Independent School District is implementing a Green/Yellow/Red system indicating various levels of community spread as determined by health officials. Green means students will return for full-time schooling and activities, with health guidelines in place; Yellow means a moderate community spread, and instruction will be shifted to a hybrid model, with students attending on alternating days, and remote learning available; Red means substantial spread, in which case all learning is moved online.

Shoshone County

  • Kellogg Joint School District has not announced final plans for the fall, but asks parents to fill out this survey. 
  • Mullan School District has not finalized plans for the upcoming school year.
  • Wallace School District will operate depending on community spread. If there is no community spread, all students will return to class. If there is minimal to moderate community transmission, a limited number of students will be allowed in school buildings. Schools will transition to a soft closure if there is substantial community spread. Find information about Silver Hills Elementary here and Wallace Jr./Sr. High School here.

Universities: 

  • North Idaho College: Instruction will be delivered through multiple methods, including face-to-face, hybrid and virtual. Classes offered in-person are being designed and prepared to seamlessly migrate to a virtual format if warranted. Additionally, general education courses will be available, but not guaranteed in all cases. Find more information here.
  • University of Idaho: The university is set to begin in-person classes at the start of the school year. Find more info here. 

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