Submitted by Centralia Community Foundation

Today the Lewis County Health Department sent out its recommendation that all Lewis County Schools start the year with only distance learning due to COVID-19. Regardless of whether schools are open in the classroom or online this fall, community-supported levy funding is essential for education.

Centralia Superintendent Dr. Lisa Grant has announced a plan that teachers will conduct remote learning instruction from school buildings. Therefore, we need the support of expanding technology to ensure classes are monitored and effective, and that all students have access to classes. Remote learning is only a temporary mandate and as COVID-19 expertise advances, the Centralia School District will be collaborating with the Lewis County Health and Social Service staff and surrounding districts monthly to analyze the ability to return students to the classroom.

The current August 4 levy ballot will support Centralia school programs from January 2021 through December 2022.

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