Input wanted for full-time in-person learning

By on Monday, March 29th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla Public Schools wants to hear from parents and students as it begins to plan the way for a return to full-time, in-person instruction. A path was cleared for reopening when the physical distance requirement was reduced from six to three feet last week.

The district has links on its website for parents and secondary students to aid in planning the transition. Links to English and Spanish surveys are posted on the district’s website. Participants are urged to complete the survey by Wednesday or sooner if at all possible.

The survey focuses on what considerations need to be considered and planned for during the transition. Superintendent Wade Smith said the planning is complex and its important that stakeholders have input into the process.

“Similar to when we returned to campus from distance learning this winter, we want to make sure we take the time to engage with all stakeholders to ensure an informed transition that is safe and well-planned,” Smith said.

The district is anticipating a target date in mid- to late-April for the transition back to full-time learning for current half-day students. Meanwhile, the school board has a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5:30 p.m. to review the plans for the transition that are being considered. The meeting is held via Zoom and can be viewed at,