Seattle Public Schools (SPS) will continue with virtual learning for the remainder of the semester, which is Jan. 28, 2021 for most students.
The state's largest district made the announcement on Friday after acknowledging a rise in coronavirus cases for King County.
SPS tweeted, "We are committed to working with families, students, and community to continually refine remote learning and support high quality instruction no matter the circumstances. A leadership team has been re-convened to inform next steps."
A small number of SPS students in special education can continue with specialized in-person instruction, the district said.
The Seattle Education Association stands by the decision. They shared the following statement Friday:
"We support the District’s decision to remain in remote until the end of first semester because we are in a third wave of cases increasing and it’s important to provide some certainty during this crisis.
As educators we will continue to focus on improving and refining our remote education model and try to make it as sustainable and equitable as possible.
We know how overwhelmed our school community is with the challenges of remote instruction. Our educators are working tirelessly and doing everything they can to meet the needs of their students and families."