Swinyard: Lack of vaccines alone won't stop return of secondary students

A shortage of COVID-19 vaccines for teachers would not be a deal breaker for returning Spokane Public Schools secondary students to buildings five weeks from now, Superintendent Adam Swinyard said Tuesday.

Swinyard emphasized that the March 1 timetable is dependent on several factors – countywide COVID-19 trends, in-school transmission rates, cleanliness of buildings, the availability of substitute teachers and the effectiveness of contact tracing.

“There is no single factor” that would affect the March 1 return, Swinyard said.

However, teachers in Spokane and the rest of the state raised concerns about safety issues even before the school year began. Like administrators, students and families, they are dealing with several

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