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R-II Ready For Full Five-Day In-Person Classes

From Staff Reports

Ste. Genevieve R-II schools will be concluding the 2020-21 school year with full five-day-in-person learning.

R-II administrators sent a letter out to parents last week, announcing the intention.

“Students in grades 6-12 will be transitioning to a full five-day in-person week beginning on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, which is the day we return from Easter Break,” the letter said.

Live classes shut down on March 18, 2020. When August arrived, the district went with a hybrid approach, giving parents plenty of leeway in their children’s schedules.

In February, the district moved to four days of live classes – although the move was pushed back a bit, due to a winter storm.

“We want to thank our families and students for their patience, support, and willingness to adapt over this past year as we have strived to reopen our schools safely,” the letter stated.

The district feels numbers now favor five days a week of live classes.

“We have carefully monitored positive COVID-19 cases and close contact quarantines, and are happy to share that we have not seen an increase following our January transition to a four-day in-person week for the 6-12 grades,” the letter said. “We will continue to assess local conditions, as well as state and national guidelines moving forward. Our COVID-19 dashboard, which lists the number of individuals (students, faculty or staff) who have currently tested positive for COVID-19, is available on the COVID-19 webpage of our district website.”

Parents wishing to keep students in a virtual learning setting will have that option this spring.

“6-12 students currently enrolled in the Virtual Learning option will continue to have this option through the end of the 2020-21 school year,” the letter said.

It added that those now doing virtual learning who want to go to five-day in-person learning should contact their building office as soon as possible.