Evergreen School District officials announce plans for return to in-person learning


Evergreen Public Schools will begin to welcome more and more students back for in-person learning beginning Jan. 19

Evergreen Public Schools will begin to welcome more and more students back for in-person learning beginning Jan. 19. The district announced Monday it would be following Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s new guidelines announced in December, along with Clark County Public Health’s direction, allowing schools to offer more in-person learning as COVID transmission numbers flatten.

Evergreen Public Schools will begin to welcome more and more students back for in-person learning beginning Jan. 19. Photo by Mike Schultz
Evergreen Public Schools will begin to welcome more and more students back for in-person learning beginning Jan. 19. Photo by Mike Schultz

Evergreen has already offered in-person learning for small groups of Kindergartners, and students needing additional assistance, since last September. Beginning Jan. 19, Kindergartners will return for more in-class time, and first graders will also begin in-person class twice a week. Then on Jan. 25, second and third graders are scheduled to begin two day a week in-person learning, followed by fourth and fifth graders on Feb. 1, if COVID transmission levels in Clark County are within guidelines. 

Students in need of additional learning support in all grades will also continue to be identified to receive in-person assistance. For the days students are not scheduled for in-person learning, they will continue in remote learning. Families are also given the option to have their students remain in full time remote learning as well.

Evergreen Public Schools Supertindent Mike Merlino. File photo
Evergreen Public Schools Supertindent Mike Merlino. File photo

Superintendent Mike Merlino outlined if Clark County COVID numbers continue to decrease within the guidelines, middle and high school students could begin a return to in-person school during February and March. In addition, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) is scheduled to announce updated secondary sports and activity plans Monday.

“We have all the necessary safety protocols in place, and have been successfully using them in our schools since September for our small groups of in-person learners. We appreciate all the hard work our staff members have been doing and are excited to welcome more students back into our schools for in-person learning,” said Merlino.

Elementary families will receive specific information directly from their child’s school.

General in-person learning information is available at www.evergreenps.org.

Information provided by Evergreen School District.

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