WSD Smart Restart

Plans and action steps for restarting school in the fall

June 30, 2020
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SMART RESTART Reopening Committee

Wenatchee School District has formed a SMART RESTART school reopening committee to create a thoughtful and safe SMART RESTART plan to prepare students, families, educators, and community for school to resume in the fall. SMART RESTART is based upon the current guidelines from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Our goal is to return to school for in-person instruction with enhanced safety and mitigation procedures. However, we must be proactive and prepared during these ever-changing times to continue educating our students if and when circumstances change throughout the year related to the health and safety of our students and employees.

Currently, our SMART RESTART committee is working with task force teams to establish three educational instructional pathways,

  1. on-site
  2. online
  3. hybrid (on-site and online)

These teams are also developing procedures for school routines (meals, recess, riding the bus, pick up and drop off, etc.) that comply with current social distancing requirements.


Due to all the factors and information needed to plan as COVID-19 issues unfold, the comprehensive SMART RESTART plan will be released in early August. While summer may have just started, we know that families are eager to understand what a return to school will look like and how they can best prepare themselves and their children. The plan will detail operations and academics and will address the mechanics of mitigating factors necessary to comply with OSPI’s guidance and safely reopen schools such as masks, sanitization, and social distancing measures.

Parent Survey Results

As part of the SMART RESTART committee’s early planning work, a survey was sent to parents about returning to school in the fall. 2,000 parents participated in the survey. We value the feedback collected and are using it as a guide for our SMART RESTART planning. A second survey will be conducted in August to gauge further parent concerns.

Review the Summary of Parent Responses

Reopening Schools Q&A with State Superintendent Chris Reykdal

In this OSPI video Supt. Reykdal answers some common questions from the public about going back to school in the fall

  • Is every student coming back in the fall?

  • Wil face masks be required?

  • Will 6 ft of social distancing be required?

  • What if my student is not coming back due to my safety concerns?

Supt. Reykdal answers questions from the public about going back to school in the fall