Middle, high school students in Arlington to return to classroom starting March

Middle, high school students in Arlington to return to classroom starting March
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ARLINGTON, Wash. — Middle and high school students will return to the classroom starting next month, Arlington Public Schools announced Wednesday.

The announcement comes after the district’s board of directors voted Tuesday night to have students return to a hybrid model of learning.

Officials said sixth graders will return on March 8, seventh and eighth graders on March 15 and high school students on March 22.

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The decision was made after the board had heard concerns from families, community members, principals and teachers, according to a release from the district.

“It was clear after hearing from administrators, students, parents and staff how important it is to have students back on campus for their social, mental health and academic well-being,” said Dr. Chrys Sweeting, Arlington Public Schools Superintendent. “By having students on campus, it will be easier for counselors and staff to provide the needed instruction, support and interventions for students.”

Officials said the board’s action aligned with the Department of Health’s “K-12 In-Person Learning Provisions.”

For families that are not comfortable with sending their child back to the classroom, the district said that they could continue with online learning.