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March 12 Governor Inslee Press Conference and Emergency Proclamation

Today, Governor Inslee announced that all Washington schools must reopen, at least in hybrid form for grades K-6 by April 5 and grades 7-12 by April 19. Kent School District (KSD) and all school districts in our state are currently awaiting the proclamation and further details from the Governor, Department of Health, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

We shared yesterday in an update from Superintendent Dr. Calvin J. Watts that we are actively bargaining with labor partners and continuing our work to welcome back students to safe and supportive learning environments. Today’s proclamation did come as a surprise, and it will accelerate our work; however, it is aligned to our collaborative efforts already in progress. Our student calendar has not changed, Spring Break will remain April 5-9.

Given the importance of today’s announcement from Governor Inslee, we understand that our students, staff, family, and community may have questions about the proclamation and new timeline, just as we do. We are anticipating more detailed guidance, and we will share details as they are available. We do know this proclamation, and the details of any new guidance will impact our reopening plans and timeline. We will share more information next week.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have adapted to evolving guidelines while keeping the safety of our students, staff, and families, along with our focus on teaching and learning our priority. This will continue to be our priority.

Please regularly visit our website, check your emails, voicemail, mobile app, and social media for news, resources, and information. Stay healthy and stay safe.