Positive COVID-19 Cases Send Oakville Back to Online Learning for the Remainder of  School Year


The Oakville School District on Tuesday said it will return students and teaching staff back to remote learning after multiple positive cases of COVID-19 affected the district’s ability to teach.

This means the school will be online-only for the remainder of the school year.

“Our school has faced numerous challenges this spring with COVID,” wrote Superintendent Rich Staley in a letter that was posted on Facebook. “There has been quite an uptick in cases in the past two months, and now we have reached a critical mass with regards to staff who have to quarantine for two weeks and we can no longer operate with enough personnel safely.”

Staley wrote that the district has received “many positive results of students, staff and parents” within recent past weeks. The district is working with the Grays Harbor County health department closely during this time, he said.

It’s not known how or if this will affect the high school’s graduation ceremony, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, at the football stadium.

“We understand the challenges this will bring to some families, which was a major part of our consideration when deciding. During this time, we can adjust staffing in preparation for students returning as well as part of supporting the stop of COVID-19 in our community,” Staley wrote.

On Tuesday afternoon, the school district said it only had one bus driver on hand to transport students home. The district said it would work with families to determine what school would look like for the next two days as it begins its transition.