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Central Valley School District sent half of its kindergarten students back to the classroom on Monday. The other will go back today [Tuesday]. Spokane’s kindergartners will make their in-person debut on Wednesday.

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Several Spokane area school districts have either welcomed or are preparing to welcome some students back to their classrooms. Different districts are moving at different speeds.

Some districts will want to move more quickly than others in adding first and then second graders. Health Officer Bob Lutz is urging them to be flexible in their schedules for doing that.

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Spokane’s two largest school districts have begun preparations to bring kindergarten students back to school the week after next.

The districts acted quickly after Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz announced he supports the immediate, but slow reopening of schools for children in kindergarten through second grade. He talked about that with reporters today [Thursday].

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Adminstrators at Spokane County's two largest school districts have announced plans to send kindergarten students back to school the week after next. This follows an announcement early Wednesday afternoon that Health Officer Bob Lutz approved of districts slowly phasing in in-person instruction for kindergarten-through-second grade.

Virtual Classes Began Today In Spokane Public Schools

Sep 14, 2020
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Class began today [Monday] for students in the Spokane School District. Instead of walking into real-life classrooms, they’ll be logging into virtual classrooms, at least for now.

Last week, the teachers and staff at Regal Elementary in northeast Spokane held a week of get-acquainted conferences with students and parents on the school playground. It was their chance to meet face-to-face and for students to check out the laptop computers they’ll use to access class every day.

Spokane School Year To Open September 14

Aug 13, 2020
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As the new academic year approaches, parents in several Inland Northwest school districts have decisions to make. In some cases parents are asked whether they want their children to experience in-person learning this year. In others, parents will decide whether to obligate their children to a full year of online courses.

All children in the Spokane School District will begin the year learning from home.

Administrators in Spokane’s two largest school districts have announced their schools will not start their academic year in classrooms.

The Spokane and Central Valley School Districts say they will offer parents a handful of distance learning options.

Central Valley Superintendent Ben Small said his district made its decision after receiving a recommendation from county Health Officer Bob Lutz.

Spokane Schools Explain Back-To-School Plans In Webinar

Jul 16, 2020
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Spokane school officials on Thursday night held the first of three public webinars to explain their plans for the coming school year.

“Our focus right now is to make sure safety is the utmost importance, to be thinking how we can maximize learning for students during this time and ensuring that we’re there for our families and our kids and we’re there supporting their social and emotional needs," said Superintendent Adam Swinyard.

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School workers are frequently social workers as well. They not only provide academic guidance, but also social and emotional guidance.

Kaiser Permanente has developed a program to help schools and their employees work with children who are dealing with different levels of trauma. The company is bringing that program to the Spokane and West Valley school districts.

Spokane Schools Form A Boundary Change Committee

Oct 1, 2019
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The Spokane School District is now taking applications for a committee that will study how to change school boundaries. The district is building three new middle schools during the next few years and must decide from where their students will come.

Associate Superintendent Mark Anderson says a citizens’ group will do the work of determining the catchment areas for the new schools.

Ground Broken For New Spokane School, Library

Oct 1, 2019
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Spokane city and school district officials broke ground today [Tuesday] on what they call a new educational campus near the Northeast Community Center. It’s a joint project between the city and the school district.

School Begins In Spokane, Other Area Districts Today

Aug 29, 2019
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Summer vacation ended today [Thursday] for children in Spokane. Classes began in the Spokane, Deer Park and Liberty School Districts.

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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, researchers around the country are finding there are often links between socio-economic status and health. Families with more means are more able to afford better quality food, for example, and to have better recreational opportunities. Families with fewer means often live in areas where they don’t have access to fresh, high quality food. Often, their diets are, by economic necessity, higher in carbohydrates, fats and calories.

WSU researchers recently released a study that reinforces some of those points.

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Researchers around the country are finding there are often links between socio-economic status and health. WSU researchers have found a similar story in Spokane. They recently released a study that includes basic data collected by the Spokane School District.

Spokane School Board Approves New Budget

Aug 14, 2019
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The Spokane school board on Wednesday night approved a budget for the 2019-2020 school year.  

The spending plan totals about $462 million and includes spending cuts in many of the district’s areas. Those include elimination of school librarians, allowing classroom teachers to take over instruction that involves libraries.

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The Spokane school board has decided to wait until August to approve the district’s budget for next year.

Administrators presented a $460 million plan Wednesday night. But board members say they want to take a few more weeks to consider using about four million dollars that were destined for a reserve account to restore proposed cuts.

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The Spokane school board last night [Wednesday] approved its part of a land exchange that involves the schools, the city and its parks and libraries.

The city will deed land it owns to the school district for middle schools in the Mullan Road neighborhood on the South Hill and the Foothills area in the northeast.

Spokane School Board Holds Budget Forum

Jun 12, 2019
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The Spokane school board is holding a community budget forum tonight [Wednesday]. The forum is the district’s chance to explain to parents and teachers the district’s current fiscal situation.

The district issued layoff notices earlier this spring to about 300 employees. Since then the district received a little more money from the state, but it’s not known whether any of those people will brought back for next year and if so, how many.

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This week, the Spokane School District is hosting three open houses to explain the district’s financial situation to parents and teachers. The next one is tonight [Wednesday] from 5 to 7 pm at Rogers High School.

Administrators are talking about why the district faces a more than $20 million budget deficit and the steps they’re taking to eliminate it.

Spokane Students Return To Newly-Renovated School

Jan 7, 2019
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The new year means a new school for several hundred children in southeast Spokane. A newly-renovated Franklin Elementary School opened its doors to students for the first time this morning [Monday].

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On this day when children are opening gifts, it’s a good time to tell a story about a new partnership program between Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane city libraries. The goal is to help kids who don’t have the right technology at home.

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Spokane School Superintendent Shelley Redinger presides over a district that recently run a successful campaign for a $495 million facilities bond issue. We’ll talk with her about that and what’s next in implementing the projects approved in that.

School Board Says No To Downtown Site, Chooses Albi

Dec 12, 2018
Spokane Public Facilities District

The Spokane School Board has made a long-anticipated decision about a new high school sports facility. The vote came Wednesday night after a presentation in which the school district was invited to partner in a downtown sports complex.

Spokane School Board To Hear New Stadium Option

Dec 12, 2018
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The Spokane school board tonight [Wednesday] will continue its quest to determine where a new high school sports stadium will be located. The board will hear about a proposal to put an artificial grass surface inside an indoor sports facility that will be built near the Spokane Arena. 

School Board Votes To Hear New Stadium Option

Dec 5, 2018
Spokane Public Schools

The Spokane school board says it will take one more step before deciding where a new high school sports stadium should be located.

The board voted Wednesday night to listen to a presentation by the Spokane Sports Commission.

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Spokane school district officials say they’re not surprised that voters chose the current Albi Stadium site by a two-to-one margin over a downtown site for a new high school sports stadium.

Spokane Teachers Pressure District For Pay Raises

Aug 23, 2018
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School teachers seeking a pay raise took to the sidewalks in downtown Spokane today [Thursday]. It’s one week before the new school year starts and they’re in the middle of negotiations with the district over how to distribute millions in new money from the state.

The Spokane School District is taking actions to make sure students feel safe, and know they have the opportunity to discuss their feelings and concerns over the deadly shooting at Freeman High School Wednesday.

Chris Moore, the district’s Coordinator for Student Services, says all school counselors are planning to have a major presence on campus the next few days:                          

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The Gonzaga University campus has a United Nations feel to it this month. More than 400 immigrants and refugees are spending time learning English as part of the university’s annual Summer Language Program.

What started 18 years ago at Gonzaga as a summer session with 10 teachers and eight students has grown to a three-week program with more than 400 English-language learners.

Spokane Schools Address Suicide in Public Forum

Jun 12, 2017

Mental health counselors say one of the most telling symptoms from someone who is depressed and considering suicide is a radical change in behavior. In children, look for irritability and sudden anger. Those were two of many points made during a recent community forum on suicide at Lewis and Clark High School.