Schools ordered to provide instruction by Monday

OLYMPIA — The state is requiring public schools to provide educational services for all students by Monday.

Most districts already have plans in place, but those that don’t are expected to have done so by Monday.

Gov. Jay Inslee closed schools March 17 to April 24 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Most districts are providing meals and educational materials during this period when they cannot provide traditional in-person instruction.

The Office of Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) issued an order this week that all schools must be set up to provide instruction online or through other means by next week.

“Our schools are the backbone of our democracy and the structures, routines, and ongoing learning opportunities will create calm connections our families need at this critical time in our state,” OSPI said on its website at www.k12.wa.us.

“We should avoid assuming that continuity of education outside of a typical school building can only occur through online means,” the directive continued.

“Districts will provide instruction using printed learning materials, phone contact, email, technology-based virtual instruction or a combination to meet student needs.”

Details on North Olympic Peninsula schools will be provided in print Sunday and, if possible, online at www.peninsuladailynews.com sooner.

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