Local school districts hold different expectations for 100% in-person learning return this Spring

Both districts are optimistic for a better school semester
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 10:31 PM CST
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PLEASANT VALLEY, Iowa (KWQC) - When it comes to a 100% in-person return to learning this Spring, Pleasant Valley Superintendent Brian Strusz and Sherrard Superintendent Alan Boucher have two very different outlooks.

“High school probably being hybrid for the rest of the school year, junior high starting hybrid maybe 4th quarter coming back 100%, and elementary here in January our discussions will be ‘can we bring them back 100% February 16 for the rest of the school year?’, but we’ll keep assessing that,” Strusz said.

“I don’t think that goal is realistic, I think the administration of the vaccine is going slower than they anticipated,” Voucher said.

Both understand that the situation can change in either direction.

“We will remain vigilant in case of any changes in the advice of the government or perhaps there’s research that becomes available that might cause us to change the way we’re doing things,” Voucher said.

“When you reflect back and look at what transpired, October we were looking back 100% across the board, November hit, first part of November numbers started to spike across the community,” Strusz said.

“All of a sudden our conversation shifted from coming back 100% to potentially having to go 100% online and that was just, that was hard to believe it was transpiring,” Strusz said.

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