School Closure and COVID-19 Updates

  • All Spokane Public Schools sites, including preschools, are closed for students for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.

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  • May 28 update

    Dear SPS families and staff,

    Lots of work is happening as we round the corner into June.

    End of school wrap-up: Schools will be in touch with families tomorrow, May 29, with details about returning student belongings still left at school and collecting district materials and equipment. Safety will be the top priority during this process.

    Summer: The summer is an important time for learning, and we are planning to offer opportunities for students. Many will be virtual, but as we are able, we will increase these offerings to include in-person experiences as well. Families who checked out laptops and are continuing with SPS next fall can keep them over the summer. 

    Back-to-school: As our district task force gets started studying options for safely returning to school next year, we are closely following the work of the state superintendent’s workgroup on reopening Washington schools. Learn more on OSPI’s website. During the process, we’ll provide many opportunities for community, staff and students to share their thoughts. 

    Registration: Families of kindergarteners and new students can now start the registration process online for the 2020-21 school year.

    Budget forums: Learn and share feedback as we plan and prioritize our needs for the future during community budget forums June 2 and 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Zoom. Complete the registration form to receive log-in information. The forums will cover key budget topics:

    • Funding Sources and Sustainability
    • Safety, Health and Wellness
    • Continuous Learning
    • Class Size and Staffing
    • Student Interventions and Supports (Special Education, English Language Learning, Mental Health, Social Emotional Learning)

    Webinars tonight

    • Parent support webinar on engaging the disengaged child at 6:30 p.m., hosted by our Special Education and Student Services departments. Register here.
    • Class of 2020 webinar from 4-5 p.m. Log-in information has been emailed.

    Questions? It is best to connect with your students’ teacher(s), but we are always happy to help as well: 509.354.5900. Check for information about free meals, laptop checkout, learning at home and more.

    Our next message will be Monday, June 1. Keep learning!

    Spokane Public Schools

  • keep learning

    Spokane Public Schools’ teachers and staff are committed to helping students keep learning during the COVID-19 school closure. As we continue transitioning to the extension of our school closure, we wanted to share these guidelines to help keep your students focused and motivated while learning at home.

    Daily Expectations & Grading

    Students should:

    • Check their Office 365 email and/or Microsoft Teams at the beginning of each week to find out the plan for the week.
    • Complete their daily assignments. Teachers will let them know how to submit work for feedback and grading. Student work will focus on review and new learning on the most important objectives for the semester.
    • Try to attend weekly live sessions hosted by their teacher. Find more detailed expectations by grade level online: elementary studentssecondary students.

    Use these recommendations to help you structure student academic time at home:

    minutes per day


    Students can log in to Clever, which is accessible from the SPS website. Clever gives access to all digital tools using one username and password. Logging into Clever will sign students into Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Blackboard and elementary curriculum.

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    • Weekly live sessions: For elementary students, these will happen once a week for 30 minutes in Microsoft Teams. Secondary students will have a minimum of one live virtual session for each course every week in Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate. Teachers will share the schedule for the live session in their weekly communication to students.
    • TV lessons for all grades will be broadcast in partnership with KSPS/PBS from April 27-June 12. View them online at and find weekly schedules at
    • Closure resources: Find information about free meals, laptop checkout, homeless support, how to help and how to get help at

    Find all district learning resources at

Talking to your student about COVID-19 & school closures

It’s likely your student knows about COVID-19, whether it’s from social media, their friends or trusted adults in their lives. Below is information about COVID-19 you can use to help address any questions you student may have.

Have a young student? This comic may help explain this public health situation to younger children.

What is coronavirus (COVID-19)

It is a respiratory disease that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States.

How it spreads

During the week of February 23, CDC reported community spread of the virus, meaning some people have been infected who are not sure how or where they became infected.

In Washington, community spread resulted in the first death in the United States from COVID-19, as well as the first reported case of COVID-19 in a health care worker, and the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. 

Symptoms and severity

People with coronavirus have:

  • a dry, itchy cough
  • a fever
  • and trouble breathing

These symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after exposure. Much is still being learned about the disease, but reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe – meaning you could either show no symptoms, just have a really bad cold or suffer from complete organ failure.

Is my student at risk?

People under the age of 20 have a low risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. The risk of having more serious symptoms of COVID-19 increase with age and whether that person has an underlying health condition. The Washington Department of Health has broken down COVID-19 cases by age on their website

More resources

Talking with students about COVID-19

Talking with students about school closures

The CDC regularly updates their COVID-19 webpage with the latest information, along with helpful visual aids:

State testing, grad requirements, end of school, BECCA


State Testing Cancelled

OSPI is canceling all state testing for the 2019–20 school year. This includes the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM), and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners.

If schools are not impacted by closures, they are encouraged to continue administering the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) until the end of the testing window, March 27.

This is subject to change based on additional closure announcements.

Graduation Requirements

The Class of 2020 has access to the Expedited Appeals Waiver which allows students to waive the current assessment graduation requirement to pass both the ELA and Math Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Future guidance will be provided by the state regarding making up instructional days with regard to credits needed for graduation.

End of school

At this time, OSPI will grant emergency waivers to allow districts to end the school year on Friday, June 19, at the latest.


Parents and guardians who are worried about how COVID-19-related absences will affect their students BECCA status should speak to their BECCA coordinator.

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Closure Resources