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July Meeting Recap

The following is a brief summary of the July Board Meeting held this past week: 

McKenna Roberts, new student member. During the July meeting, junior McKenna Roberts (Okanogan) was sworn-in as the east-side student representative. 

Legislative panel. Senator Lisa Wellman, Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, and Representative Mike Steele shared about education policy proposals in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

June Work Session Recap

On June 17, 2020, the State Board of Education held a work session to discuss the long-term impacts of COVID-19 school building closures, related disruptions to learning, and the challenges with reopening schools during the ongoing public health crisis. Board members discussed policy options to support schools in reopening and to facilitate serving students in a more equitable and effective way. The discussion helped identify the top priority policy options for staff to develop into proposals for Board consideration at the July meeting. 

State Board Welcomes Kevin Wang, New Member

Summary: Governor J. Inslee has appointed Kevin Wang, former educator and Microsoft engineer to the Washington State Board of Education.

Flexibility for graduating seniors approved by State Board

The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) approved emergency rules Wednesday, April 8 that allow flexibility and local-approval following extensive school building closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

State Considers Flexibility for Graduating Seniors

Summary: At a special Board meeting, the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) reviewed the process for creating an emergency waiver program that would give districts more flexibility in certain graduation requirements following extensive school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Student Presentation Highlight: Student Support with Autymn

At the last Board Meeting in Tacoma, Student Board Member Autymn Wilde presented about the kinds of supports students need and how she hopes her work on the Board will help students in the future. 

Senate and House Declarations: School Recognition


The House and Senate adopted these school recognition resolutions during the 2020 Legislative session: 

Updated COVID-19 Information

**Learn more about the Emergency Waiver Program (adopted April 8). Available after COVID-19 school building closures.

COVID-19 (also known as the Novel Coronavirus) information
Many regions around the world are experiencing an expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the virus known as COVID-19. This is an evolving situation that may have significant implications for Washington communities, including schools, in the months.

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