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Reopening Washington Schools 2020-21 Workgroup

The Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide, released on June 11, 2020, includes OSPI and the Workgroup's guidance and considerations for schools as they plan to reopen schools in the fall, as well as health and safety guidelines from the Department of Health (DOH).

In May 2020, OSPI convened a workgroup to inform recommendations and guidance for school districts as they plan for the reopening of Washington's schools in fall 2020 after school was closed from providing in-person instruction from March–June 2020 due to COVID-19. The broad workgroup consisted of more than 120 educators, education leaders, elected officials, community-based organizations, parents, students, and community members. 

Smaller workgroups will be meeting in June and July of 2020 to provide school districts with guidance and recommendations on serving certain student groups in the fall, including students with disabilities, students in career and technical education courses, and our youngest learners. There are also groups meeting to provide guidance on parent and family engagement, as well as higher education transitions.

Reopening Washington Schools 2020 Workgroup

Operational Small Groups

As part of the work to provide operational guidance for the reopening of Washington's schools in fall 2020, the Reopening Washington Schools 2020 Workgroup was split into several small groups, with additional members with content area expertise. These groups and their members are included below.

Programmatic Small Groups

Information For School Districts