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ISD and IEA Agree on Terms for Starting In-Person Hybrid Learning for K-3 Students

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on December 04, 2020

We are happy to share that the Issaquah Education Association (IEA) and Issaquah School District have reached an agreement on the circumstances that will determine when kindergarten through 3rd grade students will begin returning to our school buildings for in-person hybrid learning. 

IEA and ISD have agreed to use the King County Test Positivity data (seven-day average) as the determining metric. Once the positive test rate falls below 5 percent and stays below 5 percent for a minimum of seven consecutive days, the District will bring back kindergarten and first grade students. If the metric holds, second and third grade students will return a few weeks after that. Parents will have the option to keep their students in a full-remote learning setup. You can find the metric on the King County COVID-19 Dashboard here

This number was determined by aligning with the Washington Department of Health Decision Tree provisions for in-person learning. The last published rate, on November 21, showed the King County positive test rate at 8.6 percent. 

This agreement between ISD and IEA was established in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which IEA membership ratified last night. The MOU outlines the metrics, health and safety protocols, communication timelines, and operational systems that will be followed as the District looks to bring our youngest students into schools for in-person hybrid learning. Additional details of the MOU will be forthcoming.