Our Views on School Reopening

Earlier this year, WEA conducted several focus groups with members across the state about re-opening schools this fall. On this page, we share some of your thoughts, fears and hopes on what school reopening should look, feel and can be.

Share your thoughts so we can share your voice, hard work and dedication to Washington students and their families. Follow us on instagram @wa_education, on twitter @washingtonea, and on Facebook @WashingtonEducation.

  • A note from Larry and Janie

    As educators, we want to be back with our students doing the work that we love, but we cannot ignore science facts, and safety.

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  • Black Lives Matter message belongs in our schools

    Washington's Teachers of the Year have a message for educators: "Black Lives Matter is not a political statement. It is an affirmation of the humanity of our students and communities. Neutrality on matters of justice serves only the oppressors. Neutrality in the pursuit of justice for Black Lives betrays the communities we serve." 
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  • "Uncertainty has been a challenge over the past few months. As circumstances developed, changes were occurring rapidly and we found ourselves trying to adapt as quickly as possible. What became immediately apparent was the inequities our students and families face, especially without schools as a community resource. Currently, we are not meeting the needs of our students and their families.

    One of the greatest inequities is access to technology. Even in districts with one-to-one device availability, our students are still lacking internet access. Furthermore, our families are not prepared for school at home. In a classroom of nineteen children, I have kids attending childcare Monday through Friday, kids trying to share one Chromebook with multiple siblings, families experiencing recent military deployment, and only children with a stay-at-home parent. How do we handle that? How can we meet these needs remotely?

    As we prepare for the upcoming year, we need to keep our children and their families at the forefront of our plans. We need to develop clear expectations that are consistent across the state. What is required and what is not? How can we make accountability equitable?  Our school year will be different; however, our passion and commitment remains the same."

    — Jessica Bairey, Central Kitsap elementary teacher

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