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East Valley, two other Eastern WA school district change instruction due to COVID

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Spokane's East Valley School District is one of at least three districts in eastern Washington that have had to change teaching plans because of lack of non-Covid positive staff.

Rising Covid cases among school staffers forced Spokane’s East Valley School District to close its doors today. At least two other eastern Washington districts have had to change their operations because of Covid-related personnel issues.

The two other districts are Great Northern and Wellpinit, according to Michael Dunn, the superintendent for the Northeast Washington Educational Service District.

“In both of those two cases they shifted to remote learning. East Valley did not make that decision for today. They will make a decision coming up whether or not they need to stay out of school or whether they can do that in remote, hybrid fashion," he said.

Dunn says he’s not sure yet about Great Northern’s immediate plans for staying virtual, "but I know that Wellpinit was doing that for the rest of last week, all of this week and they’ll return on Tuesday the 18th after the three-day weekend.”

In those two cases, because the districts were able to maintain learning without interruption, students won’t have to make up any days for lost in-person learning. East Valley students would have to make up time unless the state superintendent grants a waiver.