Updated COVID-19 Information
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.
Public and private schools in Washington are developing plans for a safe return to school this fall so they can deliver the best possible educational experience to their students. All schools will follow safety guidelines of official state and local health agencies. While following the same guidance, each school and community is different so schools may make different decisions on opening and on how to teach and interact with students.
For more information about:
- Current SBE rulemaking
- Decision Tree for Provision of In Person Learning among K-12 Students at Public and Private Schools during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Department of Health)
- Behaviorial Health Resources During COVID-19 (Department of Health)
- Official Washington State COVID-19 page, maintained by the state Joint Information Center, which is part of the Washington State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray
- Public and private school closures, guidance and resources for public schools: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Community guidelines, worker information, businesses, and insurance: Office of the Governor
- Testing, symptoms, general information, call center: Department of Health
- Private schools including resources and closures: Washington Federation of Independent Schools
- National guidance: Center for Disease Control
- Private schools approval: State Board of Education
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the waiver for Private Schools
- OSPI announcement regarding school closures for the 2019-20 school year
- Learn more about the Emergency Waiver Program (adopted April 8, authorization expired July 31, 2020)
In response to COVID-19 disruptions, the Spring 2020 emergency waiver program allowed school districts to waive certain credit and subject area graduation requirements on an individual student basis for students who were on track to graduate. The authority for this program expired July 31, 2020.
Currently there is no emergency waiver in place to address the credit or pathway graduation requirements. Find the latest announcement about the emergency waiver program for the Class of 2021 on SBE's blog (released February 26, 2021).