In-school option being assessed
School in the Methow Valley School District will start eight days later than planned — Tuesday (Sept. 8), right after Labor Day — instead of Aug. 31.
School district administrators are recommending the delay to have the opportunity to assess the results of community testing for COVID to make an informed decision about the safety of offering limited in-person instruction.
Together with Okanogan County Public Health, school administrators will look at the results of two days of free community COVID testing in the Methow Valley conducted on Aug. 16 and 21.
The delay will also give district staff time for mandatory COVID safety training and professional development connected with the three options currently being offered to students — a hybrid model with two days of in-person instruction and three of remote learning, a 100% remote curriculum, and the school/family partnership through the REACH program.
The later start date will also give school staff more time to assign students to classes, and give students and parents time to register and participate in orientation for remote learning.
Because the district would shift already scheduled professional days to the start of the term, the last day of school (June 11) will not change.
The change in start date has to be approved by the Methow Valley School Board, which meets Wednesday (Aug. 26).