In-Person and Remote Learning Updates

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In-Person and Remote Learning Updates 

OSD Distance Learning Level 3

The Olympia School District started the 2020-21 school year with a 100% distance learning model, with plans for a leveled approach to in-person learning. 


With the approval of the Thurston County Health Officer, and adhering to all health and safety guidelines, the district began serving small groups of students in person in mid-September 2020. In February 2021, the district transitioned its youngest learners to hybrid in-person learning.


Transition to Hybrid In-Person Learning: Updated February 24, 2021


  • In-person hybrid learning will expand to include grades 3, 4 and 5 on Monday, March 8, 2021.  
  • In-person hybrid learning will expand to include grade 6 on Monday, March 15, 2021.
  • Schools will contact families in these grade levels with additional information, including the group/day students have been assigned to attend on-site instruction.
  • Full-time distance learning will continue for families that have chosen to have their students learn remotely.
  • The expansion of hybrid in-person learning to include grades 3-6 follows the transition to hybrid on-site instruction for first and second graders on February 22, 2021 and for preschoolers and kindergartners on February 1, 2021.
  • Plans are to implement hybrid learning for all other middle and high school students by the end of March. Start dates will be announced as soon as plans are finalized. Families and staff will receive at least one-week notice before the next grade level(s) start hybrid. 
  • The Hybrid Learning Plan 1.0 document includes information such as safety/mitigation protocols, attendance, protocol for lunch and/or recess, grading, and sample elementary and secondary remote and hybrid learning schedules. This document will be updated to reflect any future changes in local or state guidance pertaining to in-person learning.


Note: If students are in a multiage classroom, their start date for hybrid learning will match the date for the grade level with the latest start date.



2020-21 District Reopening Plan



COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

The Olympia School District is committed to supporting learning environments that protect student and staff health and safety.


To learn how the district has prepared its schools, support buildings and school buses to welcome students, staff and visitors in accordance with established health and safety requirements, view the following:



Current Learning Model Status - Stage 2 Hybrid, Learning Level 3


Understanding the 5 levels shown on dial

There are 5 levels in three stages pictured on the learning model dial posted at the top of this webpage. Learn more about each of the 5 levels. Helpful resources in the decision-making process include:



Thurston County Public Health and Social Services



Washington State Department of Health



Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction




Gov. Jay Inslee Messages

On December 16, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee recommended new state guidance that would effectively accelerate the ability for schools statewide to serve more students in person.






  • COVID-19 Community Testing Sites (Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, February 4, 2021)
  • Washington Exposure Notification - WA Notify (Washington State Department of Health)
  • COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard - Washington State Department of Health. Data source to identify COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days. Used as the basis for state's decision tree for determining provision of in-person learning.
  • COVID-19 Data Dashboard - Washington State Department of Health. Several key indicators searchable by county.
  • History of Guidance and Resources, including links to OSD workgroups formed last spring to plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year (membership, meeting agendas and meeting summaries); video recordings of virtual town hall meetings held in July to gather feedback from students, staff and community members; Academic and Operational Fall Contingency Planning Committees (membership, meeting agendas and meeting summaries); OSD survey results; and information shared by local, regional and state agencies.