Seattle Public Schools surveying families about return to in-person learning in March

Seattle Public Schools is sending out a survey this week to families in younger grades as it prepares to bring back some students for in-person instruction.

Last month, the district’s board of directors approved a plan that would resume in-person learning in March. The plan, which would bring back about 9,000 students, is only for preschool, kindergarten, first grade and special education students.

“We know that some of these families we are focusing on will want their students to continue with remote learning, and that’s their prerogative. But we expect that many more families will want their students to come back to their schools, and we need to know the precise number so we can configure classrooms accordingly,” said Superintendent Denise Juneau.

Families who aren’t comfortable with their kids returning to the classroom can opt out and continue with remote learning.

Survey responses will help determine how many teachers and classrooms are needed, bus schedules and the amount of PPE required, among other things.

The survey must be completed by Jan. 10 and will be followed up with direct communication from each student’s school.