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West Valley School District (Spokane, Washington)

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West Valley School District (Spokane, Washington)

Coordinates474057N 1171700W / 47.682555N 117.283426W / 47.682555; -117.283426 ( District office ) Coordinates : 474057N 1171700W / 47.682555N 117.283426W / 47.682555; -117.283426 ( District office )
District information
Established1910 ( 1910 )
GradesPre-K through 12
SuperintendentKyle Rydell
Other information
Websitewvsd .org
Students and staff
ColorsYellow Blue
Student-teacher ratio17.88
Students3,862 (2017-18)
Teachers216.02 (on a FTE basis)

Joining the majority of districts in Spokane County, West Valley School District voted unanimously Monday night to begin the year with distance learning only. And like their counterparts in most other districts, board members acknowledge community-wide frustration as they reach a final decision. Like everyone else, I hope it doesnt last a long time, board President Robert Dompier say. It is a small price to pay to get our kids back to school, board member Pam McLeod say. During the one-hour meeting, board members heard District administrators present a model that relies heavily on metrics from Spokane County Health District. West Valley, which begins classes on Sept. 9, was the last major District in Spokane County to formally approve the back-to-School plan. The West Valleys model calls for phase-in to hybrid on-site learning for one or two days a week. Phase-in would probably begin at one grade level at a time, beginning with the youngest students. Until then, 3 712 students will learn from District teachers through West Valley Online Academy, model that has been in the works since earlier this month as Spokane County saw a spike in positive tests for COVID-19. However, numbers have remained steady or declined slightly this month, raising hopes among some families that in-person learning will happen sooner rather than later. Earlier on Monday, public health officer Bob Lutz said that during the past two weeks, incidence rate in Spokane County has dropped from 220 cases per 100 000 people to 202 cases. However, that is still well above the threshold of 75 cases per 100 000 that Lutz recommended as guideline for schools to reconsider opening. The West Valleys decision means that out of about 85 000 K-12 students in the County, roughly three-quarters will begin the year with distance learning only. Most are in the country's two largest districts, Spokane and Central Valley, which made that commitment on Aug. 3. Others starting with distance learning only are Cheney, Medical Lake and Nine Mile Falls. The biggest exceptions are Mead and East Valley, which adopt hybrid models. Riverside, Deer Park, Freeman and Liberty have adopted hybrid models, all within the last week and each with a slightly different approach. Freeman has settled on a model that unique to the area, with kindergartners through second-graders divided into eight-person colleagues on campus one day a week and distance learning the other four days. Riverside will begin with in-person learning on a rotating schedule. Through fifth grade, students will attend classes twice a week, one group on Mondays and Tuesdays and the other on Thursdays and Fridays. Students with disabilities and without internet will have access on Wednesday and possibly more days. Liberty will begin with distance learning when school begins Sept. 2, but shift to / B hybrid schedule two weeks later. Deer Park has adopted a model similar to other districts, with in-person learning on a split schedule.

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