Empty school crosswalk

A crosswalk outside of Sharpstein Elementary School is empty. Plans to return the youngest students with a hybrid model of morning and afternoon classes has been delayed and surveys seeking family input sent out Wednesday seek more information on how schools should proceed.

WWPS students to continue distance learning through 2020

By the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

Walla Walla Public Schools will keep students in distance learning through the end of the calendar year, Superintendent Wade Smith said at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Citing 489 active COVID-19 cases in Walla Walla County, Smith said the district can’t consider returning at this time.

“Based on everything we’re seeing, we’re going to have to continue our distance learning at least through Dec. 18,” Smith said. “We simply cannot look at resuming in-person learning before that.”

Dec. 18 is the last day of school before winter break begins. School is set to resume on Jan. 2.

Smith’s comments came in his report to the board. There was no further board discussion on the matter.