School Board votes to continue with weekday Hybrid learning
By Dennis Rahm
There was lengthy discussion at the Tuesday night meeting of the Lake Chelan School Board regarding the possibility of local students returning to full time in-person learning this school year. At the end of the night, the board decided the best plan of action was to continue with the current Hybrid learning model that has students attending school in-person on a half-day basis Monday through Friday.
School Superintendent Barry DePaoli said the conversation on the topic was very respectful. He noted his intent, and that of the Board, was to listen and to understand. Because of an inability to cohort, there wasn’t much chance that the middle and high school students would be able to return full time to the classroom.
Full time in-classroom learning for the elementary grades could be possible, but not without concerns over classroom size, lunch accomodations and the likely prospect of needing to add additional classrooms and teachers to accommodate for social distancing.
A number of teachers voiced concerns when it was learned some grade school students would need to be moved from their classrooms and placed with a new teacher. Said DePaoli, “the number of teachers who spoke was a bit surprising and what they had to say was compelling”.