Cashmere School District announced Tuesday that it will begin the year in a distance learning model.

According to a letter by Superintendent Glenn Johnson, the district recently received a verbal directive from the Chelan Douglas Health District that the level of community spread of COVID-19 in the region is too high to be able to start schools in-person. Once Cashmere receives permission to fully re-open, it says it is prepared to do so quickly and in the safest manner possible.

Much like other local districts, Cashmere will also provide an online-only option for the upcoming school year.

The district will continue to explore how it can safely offer some form of in-person instruction for those students who have barriers to their ability to receive distance instruction.

More information is expected from individual schools. The district intends to conference with each family prior to the start of school.

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