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March 25, 2021

Change to Physical Distancing Requirements

On the afternoon of March 25, 2021, Governor Inslee announced effective immediately our state’s physical distancing requirements within all K-12 schools will be changed to follow the CDC guidance that was released on March 19.  

Until today our plan followed the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and CDC guidelines of 6 feet of distance between students. Now that the DOH is recommending that the distance between students can be a minimum of 3 feet, we are adjusting our guidance immediately for our hybrid plan effective April 12 for PreK-6 schools.   

  • KSD Elementary Schools will practice physical distancing of at least three feet or more between students within groups and in classrooms as much as possible.  
  • This will allow us to maximize the number of students in all elementary classrooms. 

The DOH guidance is aligned to CDC and recommends that in areas with high community transmission, like Kent and Covington, DOH recommend that middle and high school students use cohorting (grouping students) and at least three feet of distance between students or at least six feet of physical distance between students if cohorting is not possible.  

  • KSD Secondary Schools will stay at 6 feet distancing for the remainder of this school year in 2020-21. 

Revised DOH K-12 Schools 2020-2021 Guidance 

The Department of Health (DOH) has already updated their K–12 Schools Guidance for 2020–21 to reflect these changes, and we expect the Department of Labor & Industries’ Employer Health & Safety Requirements in School Scenarios guidance to be updated shortly. 

  • For the remainder of the 2020–21 school year, this is a minimum requirement, and school districts will retain the option to maintain 6 feet of distance. 
  • At least six feet of distance must be maintained for the following circumstances:  
    • Between staff in the school building and between adults and students. 
    • For all staff and students  
      • In common areas, such as auditoriums. 
      • When masks can’t be worn, such as when eating.  
      • During activities when increased exhalation occurs, such as singing, shouting, band practice, or physical education. These activities should be moved outdoors or to large, well-ventilated spaces whenever possible. 

Elementary Family Commitment Survey Deadline Extended 

We are extending the elementary family Learning Model Commitment survey deadline to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021, to allow families more time to consider this new information in making a selection for hybrid or remote learning beginning April 12. 

Families of students in grades K-6 may change their learning model selection (hybrid or remote) in Skyward Family Access any time before 11:55 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021. 

Secondary Family Commitment Survey March 26- April 1

The secondary (grades 7-12)  family Learning Model Commitment will be available to families in the afternoon on Friday, March 26, 2021.