Changes coming in school instruction

Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene school districts have announced they will revert to district-wide remote learning on Nov. 30, while the Port Angeles School Board will consider changing how it delivers instruction in light of recent rapid rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases during a special meeting at 5 p.m. today.

The three Jefferson County districts announced changes late Friday and Saturday. For more details, see Monday’s Jefferson County edition.

The Port Angeles School Board announced late Friday that it would conduct a special meeting on the topic today. The time is too late for Peninsula Daily News deadlines, so it will be covered online at www. peninsuladailynews.com.

“There are a lot of big decisions that have to be made,” said Sandy Long, Port Angeles Board president, on Saturday.

“The board is an advocate for children,” Long said. “Everything else comes second. We’re going to do what is best for children.”

PASD Superintendent Marty Brewer said that parents would be notified about any decisions made Sunday as soon as possible.

“We’re going to look at any and all options,” he said Saturday.

“There’s cause for concern. We’ve seen an approximately 500 percent increase in case in about the last week.”

The Sunday meeting time and date was set both to provide 24-hour notice and to give as much time as possible to gather information about recent confirmed cases, Brewer said, adding that he will be in touch with Dr. Allison Unthank, Clallam County health officer, throughout the weekend.

Other Clallam County districts had not announced possible changes in instruction as of Saturday.

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