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COVID cases pass 1,000 in Grant County, MLSD decide to go on a hybrid schedule for 2021 school year

- Moses Lake, WA

Grant County has passed the 1,000 mark for confirmed COVID-19 cases, and Moses Lake is still the county's epicenter with 293 cases with the Mattawa region right behind at 237.

The Moses Lake School District the largest in the upper basin released their plans for the 2021 school year. In an in person school board meeting at their Yonezawa Blvd. facility the board decided it would be safe to perform with a 3 phase hybrid schedule. The district has not made the decision final and has also came up with 4 other options.

Option 1A for grades K-12, includes a blended learning system to parents who would like to put their kids in a face to face environment. MLSD said they will be following health and safety procedures for all staff members and students this will be followed with the requirement of face coverings to be worn by both staff and students when on any MLSD school grounds and school buses. A graph was provided for option 1A, showing two groups (Group A, and Group B). The hybrid schedule shows the large group of students split 50/50, with one group going for half a day Monday, and Tuesday with everyone at home Wednesday and the other group going into classes Thursday, and Friday.

Option 1b is very similar to option 1a however both groups a and b will meet on the same day not different days like option 1a. Each group will meet for only half a day only allowing time between groups for limited contacting between groups.

What are the phases and what acquires for each phase?

Phase 1:

Remote learning will be available to all students each day. Middle and High School Students may not have access to all courses via remote learning but will be taking the main core classes needed to graduate online. The school district has not planned specific in depth information regarding credits and other courses.

Phase 2 and 3 will most likely be combined:

During these phases each student's family will have the opportunity to select a learning plan and approach that best meets their needs, the district did not explain specifically the circumstances for families. Families with multiple students in different grade levels that are returning to an in person environment will be put into the same a or, b group.

Phase 4:

Daily on-campus learning will be available to all current and new MLSD students on a regular academic daily schedule will continuing safety procedures including the mask mandate and regular health updates.

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