Students walk off the bus wearing masks (photo credit: Renton School District)

Students walk off the bus wearing masks (photo credit: Renton School District)

Renton School District plans full return to in-person learning for next Fall

The district will also offer a fully remote option through a contracted third-party service.

The Renton School District has announced its plan to return to full day, 5-days-a-week, in-person learning for grades K-12, but is still offering a remote learning option.

RSD spokesperson, Randy Matheson said the district has and will continue to follow all guidelines set by public health officials and the CDC to maintain a safe space for students and educators alike.

He expects in the Fall, that teachers and students will still have to wear masks, temperatures will be checked as folks enter the school building and social distance will still have to be maintained.

The relatively recent change from the CDC advising that students and teachers remain 6 feet apart to now 3 feet will allow more space and accommodation for a higher volume of students, according to Matheson.

He said the district will continue to watch the safety guidelines over the Summer and if they change, school policies will be changed in accordance with those regulations.

The district will also offer a fully-remote option for families that “just are not ready to commit,” to in-person learning.

Matheson said the district surveyed parents and found that 93 percent of parents are ready for their student to return to in-person learning next year.

He said the remote option is intended to offer that accommodation for families that may have health concerns and do not want to risk a return to school.

Students that elect to study remotely will be enrolled in a contracted remote education program called Edgenuity. Matheson said it is important for parents and students to understand that the remote program will not utilize teachers from the Renton School District.

“We put this plan in place,” said Matheson. “Right now we are moving forward with it.”

For more information and to choose what learning model you want to enroll your student in visit: https://www.rentonschools.us/learning-and-teaching/2020-2021-school-year?fbclid=IwAR38OB27gM4QuRz42BtZsUz9iEN0rXjUEnAbIxI9h8_yKU3urtyE047reCw.

The district is asking families to make their choice by Sunday, May 16.


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