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Washington state governor calls for distance learning options for back to school

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Summary

Washington state's governor is urging school districts to consider remote learning options come the fall

Governor Jay Inslee says distance learning options are especially important for areas that are seeing COVID-19 outbreaks

The state is expected to provide funding in an effort to ensure access to distance learning for all students

SEATTLE (NEWS 1130) – It’s looking like most schools in Washington state will end up being online, at least for a while, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee wants schools to seriously consider keeping most kids at home come the fall.

“In areas that have high COVID activity, schools in those counties are strongly recommended to use distance learning,” he said. “What happens in the community has great impacts on the schools and what happens in the schools has great impact on the community.”

Seattle Public Schools is the largest district in the state. It is looking at distance learning options right now, which would include some younger kids having some in-person classes.

Meanwhile, schools in Belligham will start the fall with virtual classes as part of a phased approach to bringing students back.

The state is expected to provide funding in an effort to ensure access to distance learning for all students.

“To help with that, we are making an investment of millions of dollars to help low-income families buy internet plans and address other technology needs.

Major universities in the state are also taking slightly different approaches. The University of Washington is going for a hybrid model, while Washington State University will be online only come the fall.