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What school will look like for students after D49 plans to return to in-person class

University leaders across Florida discuss what classes will look like in the Fall. (MGN)
University leaders across Florida discuss what classes will look like in the Fall. (MGN)(WJHG)
Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 10:04 AM MDT
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District 49 plans to return to in-person classes in the fall, including a full school population and full schedule.

The district originally was going to operate at a 50 percent capacity school day, where students alternate days inside the building with online learning. Although plans can still change, the district announced in June it will operate on a full five-day schedule in the fall.

"We want to make sure that we're not talking about a normal return to school. This is going to be really anything but normal," said David Nancarrow of D-49. "We understand that any disruption to the normal routine is just that, it's disruptive. It creates a lot of different complications for our students, for our families, for our staff."

- D-49 will form cohorts of students who will learn and move together during the day with reduced contact to limit the incidence of exposure and possible spread of illness.

- D-49 will expect staff to wear masks and will recommend students to wear masks.

- D-49 will implement health protocols for screening, detecting and responding to exposure and infection.

The alternating day schedule and reduced class sizes will be a backup model, in case there is an outbreak. D-49 is working on a plan to allow students to continue online learning in the fall if they do not feel safe returning to in-person classes.

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