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Back-to-school resource guide: How districts will handle COVID-19 safety

As kids return to class in western Washington, here is what to expect for COVID-19 safety in schools – including what happens if there’s an outbreak.

Kipp Robertson

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With the 2021-22 school year underway, students and educators are navigating daily life with the addition of COVID-19 policies.

Many health safety measures will look the same in schools across Washington state, with the expectation districts are following the latest guidance from the Department of Health.

Though all school staff must be vaccinated by Aug. 18 per the mandate handed down by Gov. Jay Inslee, the mandate does not include students. Additionally, COVID-19 vaccines have not been approved for people under the age of 12. 

Learning models vary from district to district, with some offering in-person and remote learning for all students, to no remote option for any student.

Below are the learning options for Washington state's 11 largest school districts and COVID-19 guidelines.