Spokane Public Schools expects the state will drop student distancing requirements to 3 feet

As soon as Thursday, state officials may ease social-distancing requirements in schools and allow more students to return to class, Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Adam Swinyard said Wednesday night.

During a report to school board members, Swinyard said he anticipated that Gov. Jay Inslee and state officials will soon revise school reopening guidelines to conform to new standards announced last week by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Friday, the CDC recommended that the current guidelines for 6 feet of separation between students in the classroom be cut to 3 feet in most settings, a standard that some Eastern Washington districts recently advocated the state adopt.


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