SEATTLE - September is approaching quickly and by and large, public school students will notice it’s going to start like it ended earlier this spring with remote learning.
But a one-size-fits-all approach won’t meet the needs of nearly 50,000 students and their families.
On Wednesday, Seattle Public Schools board members voted unanimously to begin school this fall online. The district is also working to expand childcare and details on how to provide in-person instruction for special needs students.
“I and this team are committed to providing the best high-quality remote teaching and learning as possible,” said SPS Superintendent Denise Juneau.
The school board spent hours discussing a plan state regulators required each district to submit detailing how and where this year’s students will learn.
Board members also discussed updates on how the district plans to provide education for special needs students and where that could happen, though final details have yet to be released.
Plus, the district is planning to nearly double the locations it offers childcare.
But they're also considering other challenges, like making sure each student has access to the technology that makes distance learning possible. There’s still more work ahead for the school board.
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A video shared on social media by the district showcased an elementary school teacher who praised the online learning methods she used during the summer months.
“I was really nervous about the fall,” said teacher Becky Kitzman. “What this pandemic has done for me is it’s made me say, 'I don’t know what’s coming next, and I have to be okay with that.'”
State public school officials also announced it will disburse nearly $9 million in federal funds to help make sure thousands of kids statewide have access to the technology required to learn from home.