Spokane Public Schools 5th and 6th graders will head back to school full-time

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Following updated guidelines from the Washington Department of Health, 5th and 6th grade students in Spokane Public Schools will go back to school five days a week starting later this month.

Spokane Superintendent Adam Swinyard presented the updated plans to the school board Wednesday night.

While other elementary schools have been in person Monday through Friday, these older elementary school students have been in a hybrid model since returning to in-person learning after the winter holiday break. They attend schools in groups, with group A Monday and Wednesday and group B Tuesday and Thursday. The groups went to school on alternating Fridays.

The goal is to make the changes from the hybrid model to the full-time model by April 28th.

Swinyard says the district needs to work on plans with the Spokane Education Association as well.

Spokane Schools plans to keep 7th through 12th graders on a hybrid model.

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