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The Norris School District discusses reopening

Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday night
Posted at 11:28 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 02:28:55-04

As schools get the go ahead to reopen starting this Friday, The Norris School District met tonight to go over what this school year might look like. 23ABC’s Kylie Walker let’s us know that while the state has given the green light for education, school district’s still have a lot to decide before students get back to the books.

After a nearly two hour meeting held at Norris Middle School, Trustees and Administrators say the first step before making a decision on reopening, is reviewing a series of surveys taken by parents and staff. They seemed to be in agreement on many topics.

The survey had a list of questions for parents and teachers, including what days per week students should be on campus and health protocols that should be taken going forward. Those taking the survey were also asked what type instructional model they preferred.

Only 6% of staff and 7% of parents choosing to stick to virtual learning at home. With an overwhelming response of 76% of staff and 75% of parents choosing the traditional method of learning on campus, but with some changes.

But the most challenging of all, their budget, which is currently negative 1.5 million. Miller says, “were given these guidelines to follow and were also experiencing budget cuts. To run these programs effectively takes more money, not less money.”

Miller says there are so many logistics that go into reopening that they will be doing further surveying and revisiting this topic next month.