Province reveals plan for full return to school in September

Grant Boone
July 31, 2020

SV's plan says students will still have access to school meals, regardless of whether they're in the building or learning from home. "It's important to have that communication with the students and the families to find out what's working for them, what's not working and how you can make it better".

The province said most elementary schools in the province can return to full-time in-class instruction with minimal modifications to school bell schedules and timetables.

Topeka Public Schools will start the school year with all students returning to online learning September 9, then transition to a combination of in-person and online learning.

Henry noted that health officials are preparing for "a number of scenarios" should school reopening plans be affected by a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases. The latter found students able to return to in-class learning voluntarily, with disancing measures in place.

The Poway Unified School District is delaying the start of the 2020-21 school year.

Union president Keith Benson said in a statement that the CEA, which represents teachers and support staff, supports an all-remote learning model, "for a variety of health and safety reasons".

"During the month of June, we instituted surveys".

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"How can we even consider bringing our children and staff back to school with the virus raging like it is?" she said. Results showed 61 percent of respondents want their students to return on campus for the next school year, while 36 percent want virtual learning.

Champion said. "We know that this continues to be a roller coaster for our families and staff".

Fleming said his government is putting up $45.6 million to ensure safety measures, including increased cleaning of high-contact surfaces, an increased number of hand-hygiene stations and the availability of masks.

Milwaukee plans to start the school year fully remote until December, transition into a hybrid model from January through Spring Break, and finally, have full in-person teaching for the rest of the academic calendar. Some schools may reorganize how they offer courses, such as allowing students to take two courses at a time every 10 weeks. "We've put a lot of thoughtful work and consideration into reopening schools this fall and in making sure we're supporting children in ways that keep them, the people who teach them, and our communities safe", said Dr. Henry.

Now, the school year, starting August 17, will remain remote for all students through the end of the district's first quarter, which ends October 9.

"The safety of students and staff is paramount and government will continue to make science-based decisions, following the expert advice of Dr. Henry and her public health team", Fleming said. "I'm still concerned about what we're going to do about their emotional well being and the trauma that the students are experiencing because of this pandemic and the situation that we're now in".

Floyd County's plan also states that students will not wear a mask in class while the six foot social distancing guidelines are observed.

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