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Seattle schools, teachers union' reach agreement for in-person education for 6-12 grade

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SEATTLE - The Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools announced Thursday that they have reached a tentative agreement to provide in-person learning for middle and high school students.

Under the agreement, sixth - 12th grade Special Education Intensive Service Pathways students will return to in-person instruction on April 5 and all other middle and high school students will return April 19.

The union, which represents 7,000 Seattle Public Schools employees, and the school district say the agreement will work to keep students with their current educators and provide four full days of instruction for all students.

The school district says it will send families an intent to return survey which will ask them to select either the 100% remote learning model or the hybrid in-person model for the rest of the school year.

Students that select the in-person model will have in-person instruction two half days per week and students enrolled in an intensive service pathway will receive four half days of in-person instruction, the school district says.

K-8 schools will decided whether secondary students receive their in-person instruction in the morning or the afternoon.

Wednesdays will continue to be remote for all students.

Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee signed an emergency proclamation requiring Washington state school districts to resume some in-person learning by April.

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Under the proclamation, districts have to offer a hybrid option for students in kindergarten through fifth grade by April 5 while other students will have to be back on campus for some of the time by April 19.

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