CPS students react to in-person classes
COLUMBIA – Columbia Public School District gave parents and students the option of attending in-person classes, or attending online classes in the fall. The district announced students attending in-person classes would be expected to wear a mask; with exemptions mentioned such as special needs, anxiety, trauma or ADHD.
Some students, such as Cedar Ridge Elementary student Hayes Holder, are pleased they have the choice of returning.
“I was really worried if I couldn’t go back to school,” Holder said. “I’m excited to learn math and science, and to see my friends," he added.
His mother, Desiree Holder, was also pleased about the news.
“Hayes is super social, and so we didn’t want him to have to be stuck in the house all day. And, he likes to be out doing things with his friends. So that's kind of why we made our decision," she said.
70% of families in the district responded to the questionnaire. Of those families, 85% said they would like to attend in-person classes. However, some students have yet to make up their mind.
“There’s just a lot of gray,” said Hickman High school student Leah Davison.
The sophomore has yet to decide what she will be doing in the fall, due to her concern with how ‘hands on’ in-person classes may be, and lacking motivation with online classes.
“I’m really undecided because both options don’t seem really clear to me on what is going to be the best for how I am going to learn,” Davison said.
Columbia Public Schools public relations director Michelle Baumstark tweeted today that she expects the number of completed questionnaires to increase over the next several days.