ELK HORN — Parents of Exira-EHK students went on-line on Wednesday and Thursday to learn more about the district’s “Return to Learn” plans and to get answers to questions about changes in the district for fall.
Over 75 individuals used Zoom software to attend the online meetings, and Superintendent Trevor Miller and Principal Mary Bleth-Harris talked the district’s plan to return to school along with details on use of face coverings, transportation, meals and more.
District officials had released information on the basic scenarios that the district had come up with for this fall, depending on guidance released by the state and the Governor. Learning models include On-site, face to face learning; Hybrid learning, with a combination of on-site and remote learning; and Remote distance learning, with all on-line virtual learning.
Slides were used throughout the meeting, and Miller and Bleth-Harris talked about parent elected distance learning — where parents have voluntarily chosen distance learning for their children, or for situations where medical reasons require it. In that case, distance learning would be for periods of nine weeks at a time, though students with a medical reason for distance learning could return sooner, if cleared by a doctor.
The district plans to start the school year off with on-site learning, with school days beginning at 8:10 a.m. and dismissing at 3:30 or 3:25 p.m. The presentation talked about having different drop off sites for students depending on what kind of transportation they have, and looked at plans for breakfasts and lunches for elementary and high school students.
To begin with, only visitors deemed necessary for school function will be allowed in the building. Parents will be responsible for monitoring the students health, and should report any illness or COVID-19 symptoms to the school as soon as possible. Students who have been exposed or are showing COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to stay home until directed, usually 10 days. Positive cases of COVID-19 will be handled on a case by case basis, with assistance from the Department of Public Health and/or the Department of Education.
The presentation also included information on buses and use of personal protective equipment — like masks and face coverings — by students and staff.