Return to Learn plan on agenda tonight

by Marianne Gasaway

The Clear Lake School Board will meet in special session tonight (Wednesday, July 29) to approve a “Return-to-Learn” plan for the 2020-21 school year.

Earlier this month Superintendent Doug Gee gave an overview of three different learning options: totally online, a hybrid of online and class time, or totally back in school.

Using the totally online option, all students would have their device and do their learning from home; attendance would be taken everyday, with work required to be turned in online.  Teachers would work from their classrooms each day.

Under a hybrid learning model, students would come to classrooms every other day, so one-half of the students are in a school building each day.  The students that are home would still be required to be working online and attendance would be taken.

Students returning to classrooms in the fall as normal would require the district to make certain accommodations for staff and students that are considered at-risk to do online work.

No decisions were made at the meeting because the district planned to send a survey out to parents to gather input.  The district is also working with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health for a safe school start.

The school calendar passed earlier this year by the School Board calls for the school year to start Aug. 24.

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