Governor Inslee has announced that schools now have the option to use three-foot distancing between students rather than six feet. This change may not apply to middle and high school students who rotate between classes during the school day, depending on community transmission levels.
We do not plan to change our distancing standard this spring in Highline. Our families have made a choice to opt into in-person learning based on a plan that specifies six-foot distancing. We recognize that not all families will be comfortable with this sudden change. We do not feel it is fair to our families to change the parameters now. We will maintain six-foot distancing in our schools.
The Governor said that for summer and fall, schools will no longer have the option of using the six-foot minimum between students. As long as the downward trend in cases continues and a majority of our state’s adult population has received their COVID vaccine, schools will be expected to place students closer together.