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SHEBOYGAN — At Tuesday's special board meeting, the Sheboygan Area School District Board of Education agreed on a plan to have students return in a hybrid learning model on Monday, Jan. 11.

Earlier plans threw around return dates as late as Jan. 25 and as early as Jan. 4, and after two hours of discussion during the special meeting, the board seems to have come to an agreement that this plan meets in the middle.

On Tuesday, Jan. 5, the district has meetings scheduled with public health officials to look at post-holiday figures to ensure if the Jan. 11 start date can be met. The school board will reconvene in their next regular session on the following Tuesday, Jan. 12.

As decided in the Dec. 8 meeting, the re-opening plan is as follows:

• Elementary will return 5 days per week with enhanced emphasis on social distancing in classrooms and group sizes

• Middle and high school students will operate in a rotational cohort model. Students will be divided into A and B cohorts, rotating between in-person and virtual learning throughout the week so all students will experience both methods of learning

• Families will continue to have the opportunity to choose an all-virtual learning model regardless of when and if in-person learning returns

Moving forward, the district plans to operate on a more school-by-school basis when it comes to evaluating remaining open. According to Superintendent Seth Harvatine's presentation, if and when a school reaches 20-to-30% of its capacity out for quarantine or active cases, the building will evaluate if it needs to move to an all-virtual model. 

Communications to district families, including information on additional upcoming parent surveys, will go out Wednesday morning.

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