SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The Sioux City Community School District will implement hybrid learning to begin the new school year.
The school board passed a motion to approve a hybrid learning plan, which is a mix of both on-site and virtual learning. The plan will be in place for no less than two weeks, and no more than three weeks.
If the district feels the need to extend the period, the board will need to once again vote to do so.
“Without a different decision coming from the board, we will be into the traditional instruction after that period of time, but we’ll see what happens. Certainly, we’ve got to watch the metrics of the community positivity rate and student attendance, and it will help us make decisions moving forward,” said Sioux City Community School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman.
Gausman said even though the hybrid learning plan is his least favorite plan in terms of student achievement, he feels its the best possible option for the district at this time, adding that the board will continue to do everything it can to get kids back in school full-time safely.
“I expect to be in this hybird model for two weeks, and if our numbers stay low meaning the rate of positivity of the virus is low, we’ll move to a traditional method as soon as we can,” he said.
The board will now send the amended return to learn plan to the Iowa Department of Education for final approval.
The school board is also going over how CARES Act funding would be allocated. Of the more than $2.5 million total, the biggest portions will go towards face masks and increased transportation costs. $700 alone is going towards creating hotspots for students who lack access to the internet.
The first day of school is set for Tuesday, August 25.
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