Some students return to classrooms at Seattle schools

SEATTLE — Some students in the state’s largest school district are heading back to class Monday.

As part of a tentative agreement reached with the teachers’ union on Mar. 16, all preschool students and students enrolled in elementary special education Intensive Services Pathways return to buildings Monday.

All other kindergarten to fifth-grade students and students enrolled in middle and high school special education intensive pathways will return on April 5.

Students will be offered four, 1/2 days of in-person instruction per week in a morning or afternoon block. Wednesdays will be remote learning for all students.

There will be daily health screenings required of parents that have to be submitted by 7 a.m. or parents will have a chance to do it at school.

Students are also being encouraged to bring their own masks.

“We’ve also worked to distribute personal protective equipment, or PPE, for staff and students all across the district,” said Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau.

There will be fewer students on buses to keep with social distancing, and students will have designated drop-off and pickup sites.

General education students in grades 6 through 12 will still be in remote learning with a combination of live full-class instruction, small group instruction, and independent learning activities.