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    Superintendent Juneau Fall 2020 Recommendation

    Update: Read how the district is preparing for Fall 2020.


    Posted July 22: At Seattle Public Schools, science and data continue to ground our response to COVID-19. We have been monitoring reports of increased COVID-19 cases in our community and are in close communication with Public Health Seattle and King County, OSPI, Governor Inslee's office, and neighboring school districts. We can't imagine a way to open schools without the risk of significant transmission of COVID-19 based on the current trajectory of infections in King County.

    Superintendent Juneau is recommending to the School Board that Seattle Public Schools start the 2020-21 school year remotely. We will follow the remote instruction model until the risk of significant transmission of COVID-19 has decreased enough to resume in-person instruction. The School Board will vote on Superintendent Juneau's recommendation and an associated plan for Fall 2020 on August 12.

    A video message from Superintendent Juneau:


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    Additionally, we will be recommending the following for this school year:

    • Training for all educators in order to ensure synchronous (live), high-quality remote instruction for students.
    • Providing a predictable and consistent teaching/learning schedule on common platforms, using up-to-date resources.
    • Ensuring that students receiving specialized services are provided instruction in alignment with their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans. This may include in-person, small group instruction if it is determined that services can be provided safely in-person and services cannot be accessed successfully through remote learning.
    • Racial equity training for all educators focused on student belonging, family partnerships, and interrupting implicit racial bias.
    • Working with the City of Seattle, Seattle Council PTSA, and community-based organizations to support and develop community-generated solutions for childcare and learning at home and continuing to support partner provided childcare for essential staff.
    • Providing meal distribution throughout the city for any students and families with need.

    More information, including specifics around school schedules, will be shared as soon as possible. As the environment and information around COVID-19 continues to shift and change, we will adapt and respond as quickly as possible. In the meantime, please check our COVID-19 Updates webpages for the most up-to-date information, including a FAQ that will be published Friday, July 24.

    We thank you for your patience during this challenging time. Please take care of one another by following the guidance of Public Health, social distancing, and wearing masks while in public. The sooner we can decrease community spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can get back into the classroom.

    Next Steps

    We know the uncertainty for next school year is stressful and there are still a lot of unknowns.

    The School Board will vote on Superintendent Juneau's recommendation and an associated plan for Fall 2020 on August 12. Go to the meeting agenda webpage.

    Questions or Input for Fall 2020 Planning

    Please use our Let's Talk contact form to send Seattle Public Schools questions or input about fall planning. This FAQ will be updated as new information becomes available.

    Comments will be compiled and shared with staff and the School Board as we move through the recommendation and decision process for Fall 2020. As a reminder, the School Board will vote on recommendations and the start of school plan on August 12.