CPS sets earlier meeting to discuss hybrid learning

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By: Ashley Wright, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA- Members of the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education are expected to meet on Tuesday, Oct. 6 to discuss a possible return to in-person learning for students. 

The board is expected to make a decision on whether or not it would switch to a hybrid learning model on Oct. 12. However, that decision could be made sooner. 

Columbia Board of Education Member Blake Willoughby said during the last work session last Thursday, administration gave members updated information on the phased-in approach to hybrid. 

“That is the only conversation that we have had. If there is talk of moving into another direction, then that will potentially be brought up to us on Tuesday, but at this point, what I know is that we are still in a conversation of what hybrid looks like," Willoughby said.

A goal for Tuesday’s meeting is to give further details regarding a phased-in approach for hybrid learning. 

“I think that you should just be expecting for the administration to give further updates on what we are looking forward to when it comes to hybrid,” Willoughby said. “What we’re going to be looking at as a phase-in model, and just to continue giving the public as much information as possible when it comes to our re-entry plan.”

District leaders also took into account the parents who have expressed a desire for children to return to school. 

“It is really important to hear what their perspectives are what is going on in their families especially as their educational environments for their kids are in their homes or in other areas and so we want to know what is going on and how we can best continue to serve our kids in our community,” Willoughby said. 

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m.

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