In the wake of COVID-19, all public and private schools in Washington state will be closed at least through April 24th. No matter what we do, kids are going to fall behind in the next month because of this health crisis. The ramifications in all of our schools will be huge.
Beyond that, there are other impacts on families. Many parents cannot afford to take six weeks (or more) away from their jobs, do not have the ability to work from home, or cannot take extended sick leave. What happens to these parents? And what about the kids who rely on free and reduced-price meals? How will extended closures affect our most vulnerable children?
With all of these realities, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal will help us focus on what we CAN do. Superintendent Reykdal will outline the current state of our schools and answer your questions.
Moderated by League of Education Voters Communications Director Arik Korman.