Reopening Decision Making Framework
On December 16, Gov. Jay Inslee, Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) released updated guidance for the phased reopening of schools for in-person instruction.
Currently, our region is experiencing high levels of COVID-19 transmission, as defined by this guidance. Federal Way Public Schools will continue with 100% remote learning when we return from Winter Break on January 4, 2021, and we will continue to review data and plan for a return to hybrid instruction following this new guidance.
With this new guidance, there are three categories of COVID-19 activity levels defined, with recommendations for remote, hybrid, or in-person instruction for each category.
- If the transmission rate is high, defined as greater than 350 cases per 100K over 14 days, the recommendation is to phase-in in-person instruction in groups of 15 or fewer students, prioritizing grades PreK-5 and those with the highest need.
- If the transmission rate is moderate, defined as 50-350 cases per 100K over 14 days, then the recommendation is to phase-in in-person learning, prioritizing Elementary and Middle school scholars.
- If the transmission rate is low, defined as less than 50 cases per 100K over 14 days, then schools may begin full time in-person instruction for all scholars.
More information will be shared as soon as it’s available .
This updated state guidance can be found on WSDOH's website at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/FallGuidanceK-12.pdf.