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Gov. Inslee orders all K-12 schools closed for remainder of year

 


OLYPMIA, WASH. - Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced on Monday that plans for on-site schooling at K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, “distance learning” for public and private schools will continue.

Gov. Inslee first closed schools on March 17 with his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” initiative, stating the shutdown would hopefully only last six weeks, however, the closures were recently extended through May 4. The new announcement would further extend the school closures until midnight, June 19.

In response to the almost 8,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state, Washington now joins other states in a full transition to distance learning. “While learning is of paramount duty to the state, the health of the people is first and foremost,” Reykdal said. “We do not want that curve to suddenly spike back up because we acted too quickly to come back.” Reykdal has emphasized on the high priority of ensuring that seniors who are eligible, can graduate on time.

More information to come as the situation develops.

 

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