State considering loosening restrictions to bring students back to in-person learning

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BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 21: Classrooms are being reconfigures to allow for social distancing at Boston Preparatory Charter School in Boston, MA on August 21, 2020. Boston's independently run charter schools are planning to start the school year remotely, although most intend to offer in-person learning for small groups of high needs students. (Photo by Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — There is a chance your kids could return to school if the state changes the metrics it is using to advise districts about remote learning.

Districts ultimately make the decision with guidance from the state.

Right now, the state recommends schools do not return until counties have fewer than 75 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks. But, a draft proposal would change that to 200 cases per 100,000.

That would mean up to half of the state’s 300 school districts would meet the benchmark to bring younger students back to in-person learning at least part time.