Normal start to Washington's fall school year still in doubt

There are no easy answers for Washington school officials as they ponder how to re-open schools with students on campus in September 2020 and avoid virus infections at the same time, according to the latest story from KOMO News. (photo: KOMO News)

Washington school officials are still refining their plans to restart classes on campus this fall. KOMO News reports that school officials will unveil some possible scenarios in early June.

So far, school planners are considering contingencies for a September re-start on campus in case there's a spike in virus infections.

This week's testimony by White House Coronavirus Task Force infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, will add to the uncertainty for some states about bringing K-12 students back to campus after Labor Day. Fauci testified to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Tuesday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal tells KOMO districts will have to plan for two models: One model on how to bring students back to school safely and a second model on what to do if a positive COVID-19 case turns up and a rapid switch into a distanced learning is needed.

Meanwhile, in Oregon one Portland suburb school district is reducing teacher pay to four days a week.

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