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Central Valley SD to bring first-graders back to classrooms on Wednesday

All first graders will be attending school in person by Oct. 23, according to the Central Valley School District website.

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — Editor's note: The above video is a FAQ about kindergartners returning to school in the Spokane area in-person. 

First-grade students will return to classrooms in the Central Valley School District starting Wednesday, Oct. 21, according to a message to parents on the school district's website. 

The district will bring half of the first graders back on Oct. 21 and the other half back on Oct. 22, with all students returning in-person by Friday, Oct. 23, the website reads. 

Transportation will be provided, but the district says it's urging parents to drive their kids to school, as buses will only run at 50% capacity to accommodate social distancing. 

The district is prepared to switch back to virtual learning if the move becomes necessary, the message reads. 

If there are two or more positive cases in one class in a 14-day period, that entire class will quarantine and switch back to virtual learning for two weeks, according to the district's COVID-19 expectations and protocols

Parents will be notified if there are confirmed cases in their children's classes, another student in their child's class is exhibiting symptoms or is isolating, or another class at the school will be quarantining due to positive coronavirus cases. 

If enough classrooms are quarantined, the entire school will shift back to online learning, the website reads. 

Central Valley first brought kindergartners back on an alternating schedule on Oct. 5 with the support of the Spokane Regional Health District. The district transitioned to a full day for all kindergarten students on Oct. 7.