Audubon School Board

By Laura Bacon/NT Staff Writer

Principals Quentin Stanerson and Sam Graeve listened as Superintendent Eric Trager talked about the district’s Return to Learn plans.

AUDUBON — Audubon students will return to in-person classes this fall for four days a week, assuming additional guidance doesn’t come down from the state, after the Audubon School Board approved the district’s return to learn plans at their meeting this week.

The plan has students starting out with the scenario including four days (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) of in-school learning, and one day (Wednesday) set aside for deep cleaning of the buildings and for support of students who were remote learning or needed additional one-on-one help from teachers.

The district’s plan included two other options.

A second learning option, if the district had to go to 50 percent capacity, would have students attending on two days: A day would be Monday/Thursday and B day would be Tuesday/Friday. With the Governor’s recent proclamation requiring face to face learning at least half the time, Superintendent Eric Trager said that would probably mean altering the original plan and alternating attendance on Wednesdays for A and B day students. This scenario would only be used if the district had to be at half capacity for social distancing.

A third scenario would go to full remote learning, if that was seen as necessary by local or state public health, or if the state issued a proclamation requiring it.

The board also discussed whether the superintendent or the school board would make the call if the schools had to be closed due to emergency.

Trager said if the board were to make the decision, it would have to be in a public meeting, with 48 hours notice required. An alternative would be having the superintendent make the decision. Trager said he preferred a hybrid version — where if the superintendent made the call, the board would then meet to hopefully support the decision as soon as was practical.

Trager said he had contacted state officials and was told that there could be guidance coming down on the issue, but as of this week’s meeting, he said he hadn’t heard anything further. The board approved a first reading of the hybrid plan, to allow the superintendent to make the initial decision, with the board to follow up as soon as a public meeting could be scheduled.