Update on Hybrid In-Person Learning

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Update on Hybrid In-Person Learning
OSD Distance Learning graphic

Continue to check back to read the latest information and announcements about the expansion of hybrid in-person learning. The following reflects information updated May 13, 2021.


On May 3, we expanded in-person learning to four days a week for elementary, middle and high school students while continuing full-time distance learning for families that have chosen to have their students learn remotely.


We have worked hard to return students to our campuses in accordance with local and state health and safety guidelines.

At the same time, we are keeping a careful watch on the resurgence in COVID-19 activity reported in Thurston County. This is of particular concern to school districts as it can affect how many students are recommended in groups for in-person learning.

When Thurston County reaches the metrics for high community transmission, health officials reported they will:


  • Send a letter to school districts notifying them to plan for a possible return to in-person learning cohorts. This letter was sent to Thurston County superintendents on May 12.
  • Monitor the situation for about two weeks (this timeline could change based on COVID-19 health trends).
  • If health metrics warrant a change, recommend school districts group middle and high school students in cohorts. This change would only affect middle and high school in-person learning students. Elementary students attending in-person would continue to remain in the four-day-a-week learning model under the current health guidelines.

We will continue to update families if we receive additional guidance that would necessitate any change to our in-person learning model in middle and high schools.


As more students have returned to our campuses for in-person learning, the Olympia School District has produced two COVID-19 training videos for families:

To learn more about the five different phases shown in the hybrid learning model graphic with this article, please visit the Learning Model Status webpage.