Seattle public schools will begin the school year with remote learning for most students, according to an update posted to the district’s website.
The choice, made by the school board Wednesday, means that more than 53,000 students will not be in classrooms when the school year starts on Sept. 2, according to the district website.
The district is the largest in the state of Washington.
Exceptions will be made “for students receiving special education services in alignment with Individualized Education Programs,” the announcement on the decision said.
“It is the recommendation of staff and the school board that the district continues this remote model until the risk of significant transmission of COVID-19 cases has decreased enough to resume in-person instruction,” the announcement added.