The SD308 school board voted in favor of students to return to live instruction at the Oct. 13 board meeting. This comes after a previously proposed plan to bring students back after the remote-for-all plan implemented at the start of the school year.
This plan will once again allow students and their families to decide whether or not they will return for in-person instruction or elect to remain remote by choice for the semester. The schedule has also been changed at the high school level from the 5, 8, 1, 7 and 6, 2, 3, 4 class order to 1-4 and 8-5, in order to allow students with lunch during 4 and 5, late arrival and early dismissal to still take advantage of those free periods.
The revised plan included a push back from the return date of Dec. 3 to Jan. 11 of next year, after feedback from the community. Concerns arose from the ability for teachers and students alike to be prepared to return to school, especially for junior high and high school, when they would only have two opportunities for in-person instruction in each class prior to final exams.
The plan was approved by a 4-3 vote, with members Brent Lightfoot, Heather Moyer, President Lauri Doyle and Secretary Ruth Kroner voting in favor of the plan. Vice President Matt Bauman, Toni Morgan, and Alison Swanson voted against the proposed plan.
With the approved changes to the plan, the final return schedule for students will go as follows: students at all grade levels in self-contained programs will return the week of Oct. 19, early childhood up to fifth grade will return on Nov. 9, and junior high and high school students will follow the hybrid schedule starting Jan. 11.
More information on the return to school plan can be found here.