Health Mandate 013 – K-12 Public and Private Schools
The statewide school closure of all K-12 public and private schools is being extended from May 1, 2020 to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Despite the need to extend school building closures, student learning will continue, per each school district’s individual plan, to provide distance-delivered educational services to students.
It is recognized that this difficult decision ends the school year with students physically separated from their teachers. Incident Command will reconvene later this month to consider whether the state’s health outlook will safely allow for small groups of students to meet with their teachers in-person for final student conferences before the end of the school year. This option, if allowed, will be dependent upon the coordination of each school district.
As school districts contemplate how to properly celebrate this year’s graduates, COVID-19 Health Mandate 011 - Social Distancing is still in effect, which prohibits gathering for events, such as graduation.
This mandate supersedes COVID-19 Health Mandate 008.
This will be posted on the WPSD web site and an email message will go out to all on our email mailing list.
Why this amount of time?
* Allows time for further understanding of the local COVID-19 situation (e.g., community spread)
*Increases social distancing amongst the immediate school community
*Gives time for potentially exposed individuals to develop symptoms while not in school
*Children may be less impacted by social isolation from their peers for shorter time frames
*Schools are better prepared for short term closures because they’ve been more likely to have experienced those (e.g., for weather)
*Given current timing, some schools may be able to take advantage of spring break closures
* Provides protection for older staff and students and staff with underlying medical conditions
The school playground and rec areas will be closed
As the pandemic progresses, assessments will be made on a regular basis and decisions made accordingly. Thank you for your patience in waiting for this formal announcement.