SPS wants students back in the fall, invites parents to attend webinars

Schools are working through plans to reopen to students in the fall

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Public Schools (SPS) is still working to put together a plan for students returning in the fall, and are inviting parents to attend a webinar to learn more.

Parents can attend the following Zoom webinars:

Their ‘Safe School Reopening Task Force’ is developing several models for reopened schools in accordance with guidelines from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

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No plan is concrete yet, says SPS, but their options are “being refined each week.”

The requirements SPS is certain about are the following:

  • Six-foot spacing in classrooms, cafeterias
  • Cloth face coverings or face shields for staff, students and volunteers
  • Frequent hand washing, sanitization
  • COVID-19 symptom screening
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting of touched areas and buses

As for in-person instruction, the Task Force has several ideas to get as many students safely back as possible. Ideas include combination classrooms, staff shifting or even alternating day schedules for older students.

Students will likely be eating lunches in their classrooms, SPS says.

Of course, many parents might be skeptical about even sending their student back to school, and SPS says they will continue providing distance learning or instruction with limited in-person interaction.