SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s school district superintendent has decided against having students return to the classroom in the new year school, saying the prospect of in-person learning is impossible amid rising coronavirus infection rates.
Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau announced Wednesday that she’s recommending a fully remote learning model when school resumes in the fall. T
he school board is expected to vote on how to proceed during the pandemic at its next regularly scheduled board meeting on August 12.
The state said districts without in-person instruction must still provide an adequate number of instructional days and hours, as mandated by law.
“The current trajectory of infection in King County and the most recent data and information from public health makes it clear that resuming school in-person this fall is impossible,” Juneau said in a news release.
The Washington state Department of Health said Tuesday evening that the latest numbers bring the state up to 48,575 cases and at least 1,465 deaths.
Officials said since the pandemic began, 841,184 tests for the coronavirus have been done in the state with about 5.8% of those coming back positive.
Over the past week, about 5.5% of tests in Washington have been positive. The World Health Organization recommends the rate be 5% or less.