How Are Seattle Schools Responding to Omicron?

All right, here’s something everyone—parents, students, teachers, staff—can agree on. “A lot has happened in the last week and a half,” Seattle Public Schools board member Liza Rankin said during Wednesday’s meeting.

Let’s recap. On Monday, January 3, SPS canceled classes so that students and staff could get rapid tested (after waiting in very not-rapid lines) for Covid-19. The next day brought some good news: Only about 4 percent of those students and staff tested positive, well below what some expected amid the omicron surge. But by the end of week, Washington state schools superintendent Chris Reykdal was warning that local school districts might need to close temporarily amid staffing shortages.

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