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Austin Schools announce instruction plan for returning students during COVID-19 pandemic

Austin Schools Superintendent David Krenz stated to the school board at their regular monthly meeting Monday that using guidance handed down by the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, grades K-6 will return to face-to-face learning, while Ellis Middle School and Austin High School students will return to a hybrid-style of learning that will see students in school four days a week.  Superintendent Krenz spoke with KAUS News and stated that the plan addresses two key elements, including opening in the safest possible manner for all students and staff, and providing the best education environment possible…

Krenz went on to state that administrators who formulated the plan did not want to be in a situation to have to change the district’s learning plan for two main reasons…

Krenz stated that the district is currently working to finalize plans by the time the 2020 school year starts on August 31st….

Superintendent Krenz went on to state to the board that both levels will have to maintain 50 percent capacity in any one room at all times as well as follow all other safety precautions, including social distancing measures and the wearing of masks; however, those with medical conditions and students under 5-years-old will be exempt.  He indicated to the board that that extends to busing, where a tiered system will most likely be put in place that will allow for cleaning the buses in between drop-offs.

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