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Spokane Public Schools awaits word from task force on reopening

UPDATED: Wed., May 27, 2020

Final guidance will come from the state, but Spokane Public Schools isn’t wasting any time in forming a vision for what education will look like this fall.

During a special meeting Wednesday night, staff shared more details about the task force that will address curriculum, assessments, coordination of online platforms, special education and extracurricular activities.

“Next year is going to be one of the hardest we’ve ever seen in terms of seeing what school is going to look like,” Superintendent Shelley Redinger said.

At the same time, the district is keeping an eye on the 123-member task force assembled last week by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“We will be careful not to head down a road that’s not in alignment with the state,” Associate Superintendent Adam Swinyard said.

“However, we need to begin the process now.”

The district has identified several major areas for the task force, which will include administrators, district staff, teachers and parents.

The areas include safety and operations; an elementary education model; secondary education model; special education services, intervention services; English language development services; a full-time distance learning options; intervention services; technology support and services; and extracurricular activities.

A major emphasis, Swinyard said, will be on full-time distance learning for families that are uncomfortable with sending their children back to school buildings in the absence of a vaccine or other medical breakthrough.

“We’ve heard from a lot of families,” Swinyard said.

The statewide task force is expected to announce initial findings by June 8.

The district has almost finalized plans for closing and cleaning its buildings and allowing students to retrieve belongings left behind when schools closed on March 16.

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