Students to transition back to Pasco schools


Last updated 10/28/2020 at 12:16pm

Pasco School District

In the past, students at Longview Elementary School could gather at tables together to do schoolwork on computers.

PASCO – Nov. 9 is the first day of school for Pasco pre-kindergarteners through second-grade, and then different grades follow at later dates.

The Pasco School District Board of Directors agreed to have students return in-person for part of each week using the district's "Blended Learning" or AA/BB model during their regular meeting on Tuesday.

The model splits the student populations into two groups. Group A attends school on Mondays and Tuesdays, has Wednesday off then continues learning at home on Thursdays and Fridays, according to the school district. Group B is the reverse with students attending schools on Thursdays and Fridays and learning at home on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Students return to school depending on what grade they are in. Start dates are:

• Nov. 9 – Pre-kindergarten through second-grade

• Nov. 16 – Third-grade through fifth-grade

• Dec. 3 – Middle and high school students

"Elementary families will receive information from their student's school soon about which days they will attend in-person classes," stated the district.

The length of school days for elementary school students is temporarily being changed to "mitigate the risk associated with students eating at school given the current community health condition," stated the school board.

Elementary school days are going to be from 8 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. and late-start elementary schools are from 8:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.

"Meals will be provided in a grab-and-go format as students depart. "

The school district and the Benton Franklin Health District are collaborating about when students are going to be allowed to eat at school and when the times students are on campus will be extended.

The return of middle and high school students is dependent on "community health conditions" and follows the AA/BB model being used for elementary school students.

"Keep watching for additional information from the district and from your child's school as we prepare to welcome our students back to their classrooms next month."

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