In-Person and Remote Learning Updates

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In-Person and Remote Learning Updates 

Distance Learning - Level 5


In September 2021 Olympia School District returned to full-time in-person learning. The district also offered a Virtual Academy of Olympia for students who choose to learn remotely.


Learn more about the Virtual Academy of Olympia (VAO).


2021-22 District Reopening Plan


The Olympia School Board approved an Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plan at its May 27, 2021 board meeting, which was submitted to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, along with accompanying documents, by the June 1 deadline.




Other Resources for the 2021-22 School Year




COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

The Olympia School District is committed to supporting learning environments that protect student and staff health and safety.


To learn how the district has prepared its schools, support buildings and school buses to welcome students, staff and visitors in accordance with established health and safety requirements, view the following:



Note: The Olympia School District invited consultants in spring 2021 from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS), and Infection Prevention & Antimicrobial Consultants, LLC (IPAC) to inspect the district’s sites, policies, processes and best practices regarding our pandemic response plan. Since then, the district has reviewed and implemented best practices and recommendations from the three agencies that align with local, state and federal regulatory agencies.



Current Learning Model Status - Stage 3 In-Person Level 5


Understanding the 5 levels shown on dial

There are 5 levels in three stages pictured on the learning model dial posted at the top of this webpage. Learn more about each of the 5 levels. Helpful resources in the decision-making process include:



Thurston County Public Health and Social Services




Washington State Department of Health




Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction






  • COVID-19 Community Testing Sites (Thurston County Public Health and Social Services, February 4, 2021)
  • Washington Exposure Notification - WA Notify (Washington State Department of Health)
  • COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard - Washington State Department of Health. Data source to identify COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over 14 days. Used as the basis for state's decision tree for determining provision of in-person learning.
  • COVID-19 Data Dashboard - Washington State Department of Health. Several key indicators searchable by county.
  • History of Guidance and Resources, including links to OSD workgroups formed last spring to plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year (membership, meeting agendas and meeting summaries); video recordings of virtual town hall meetings held in July to gather feedback from students, staff and community members; Academic and Operational Fall Contingency Planning Committees (membership, meeting agendas and meeting summaries); OSD survey results; and information shared by local, regional and state agencies.