COVID Issues Heating up for Seattle Public Schools
Updates: from The Seattle Times, it appears that Franklin High School was also closed yesterday due to COVID and staffing issues. As well,Also on Monday, Lake Washington High School in Kirkland shifted back to remote learning temporarily, according to a statement on the school’s website. The shift was due to COVID-related staffing shortages, other illnesses, and absences.
On Monday and Tuesday, Lake Washington students will be learning independently from home (asynchronous learning) while staff plan to make the switch to live online learning with a teacher (synchronous learning). On Jan. 19, students will return to in-person learning.
Last week, state schools superintendent Chris Reykdal warned that some local school districts may need to close temporarily over the next three to four weeks. While state-mandated preventive measures make schools among the safer public spaces, a lack of staff may force a district or individual school building to shut down, he said.
And here's the announcement from SPS's Rob Gannon on what's happening. I'd venture to say it's as clear as mud; a visual would help. And will each school be apprising staff and parents of the absence rate so they know what is coming?
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Per SPS, Kimball Elementary School will be closed tomorrow due to COVID staffing issues. Full stop. No remote, just closed. They say that school will be in session the next day, Tuesday, January 11th but I have my doubts. If so, it's probably going to be remote.
A group, Kimball Elementary Staff Stand for the Safety of our Students, had this to say (bold mine):