Update: 2nd Grade In-Person Learning is Delayed in Phased Return to the Classroom

Information released by Lake Chelan School District


In a release from Superintendent Barry DePaoli — Second graders were scheduled to start half-day in-person learning Tuesday, October 20th.  However, a staff member who works with the second grade tested positive for COVID earlier today. After consulting with the epidemiologist at CDHD, the School District has decided to delay the start of in-person learning for 2nd graders to be extra cautious.

Original Story: 10/17/20:

The Lake Chelan School District has adopted a hybrid model approach that will allow students to return to the classroom for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown last Spring.

Kindergartners will come to the classroom for a half day starting Monday. Half of the Kindergarten class will attend in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. This phased approach will give teachers and students an opportunity to review safety protocols and allow incoming students to become familiar with the building, their teachers, and classroom expectations.

“We wanted to start small and take the extra time to familiarize the youngest students who are new with a classroom setting,” stated Superintendent Barry DePaoli. The Kindergarten class will remain on a half day schedule, excluding Wednesdays, until the next implementation window of the proposed phased approach.

The first and second graders will start in-person learning on Tuesday. Grades 3-6 are scheduled to return to class on November 9th and grades 7-12 are scheduled for November 30th. Middle school and high school start dates are pending approval from the Chelan-Douglas Health District.

The school district will monitor the numbers of new cases as well as following five health strategies: wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing, respiratory etiquette and contact tracing.

“We want to err on the side of science,” said DePaoli.

Click on this link to review the School District’s safe start protocols.

The video below demonstrates safe start practices.