Fall 2020 School Reopening Plans

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Fall 2020 School Reopening Plans


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School starts September 9 in full-time distance learning model


Thurston County Public Health and Social Services announced on July 30, 2020 that based on current levels of COVID-19 in our community, it does not recommend school districts open for in-person learning this September. As a result, we will begin school on September 9 in a full-time distance learning model.



Fall 2020 School Reopening Plan



OSD Distance Learning and Optional Programs Information Flyer


Frequently Asked Questions

In July our district held virtual Town Halls to hear feedback from students, staff, families and the community on initial committee recommendations for how learning might look this fall. Questions raised during those Town Halls are being added regularly to a Frequently Asked Questions webpage.



Virtual Community Town Hall Recordings





Eight workgroups made up of staff, students, families and community members have been formed to address specific areas related to plans to reopen schools this fall. The groups include:


  • Instructional Workgroups: Elementary School, Middle School and High School
  • Health Advisory Workgroup
  • Family Resources and Supports Workgroup
  • Facility Preparations Workgroup
  • Social-Emotional Learning Workgroup
  • Activities/Athletics Workgroup


Learn more about the workgroups, including membership rosters, meeting agendas and meeting summaries


Academic and Operational Fall Contingency Planning Committees

At the outset of the planning for reopening schools, the district formed two planning teams to begin mapping out needs for various scenarios this fall. One of the groups addressed academic needs, and the other reviewed how we could safely operate school inside our physical buildings. As always, we will continue to follow guidance from the governor, health departments and education officials. To learn more about the committee work, including a roster of the membership, meeting agendas/minutes, and documents shared, visit the committee webpages:




State Guidance Released on June 12

On June 12, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal released state guidance for restarting school in September 2020.

The 55-page “Reopening Washington Schools 2020 District Planning Guide” calls for districts to open schools this fall in a way that protects student and staff health and safety. School districts unable to meet in-person physical distancing requirements due to lack of space in their buildings may choose from other learning options, including split or rotating schedules with continuous remote learning, a phased-in opening with continuous remote learning, and Continuous Learning 2.0 (remote learning).


The Olympia School District refers to this state guidance as it continues its planning work around restarting school this fall