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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Pasco students likely to remain home this fall

Health officer recommends not returning to classroom


Last updated 7/28/2020 at 8:58pm

PASCO -- Dr. Amy Person, the health officer for Benton and Franklin counties, may have just upended local students' return to the classroom this fall.

At 5:48 p.m. today, Tuesday, July 28, School District officials received her "recommendation" not to reopen campuses this fall, citing coronavirus.

The letter arrived as the School Board was discussing the issue during a digital workshop.

Since the county remains in "modified Phase 1" of Gov. Jay Inslee's quarantine orders, Person will have to approve of the board's plan for educating students.

During the ensuing regular meeting, board President Amy Phillips said she doesn't believe Person will support returning students to campus.

Her comment came after board member Steve Christianson called distance learning a poor substitute for in-classroom education.

Christianson said he believes the risk is minimal and called for schools to reopen.

Person said that's not likely.

Christiansons' comments followed a litany of letters from teacher union members wanting digital instead of face-to-face teaching this fall.

Those letters fell right in line with the state-level union officials' demand for digital-distance teaching this fall.

Not everyone agreed; several letter writers supported returning to class.

The board has not yet made any decisions; the meeting was continuing at the time of this posting.

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Roger Harnack, Publisher

Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.

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