Chippewa schools plan to go virtual for December

Tayler Thompson
Herald Staff Writer

Chippewa Local Schools Superintendent Todd Osborn announced a change regarding the district’s learning plans Monday. Students will resume online learning Dec. 1, with the intention of returning to in-person learning Jan. 4, 2021.

“The health and safety of our students is always our number one priority and that is why this decision is so tough,” said Osborn in a letter to families, “I know this decision will disrupt and cause headaches, but for the safety of all children and staff, we must move to an online learning environment until this pandemic starts to slow down.”

Osborn also explained teachers will instruct during normal school hours and will be reaching out to students and their families over the next few days to discuss the learning plan moving forward. Some students in specialized classes may still attend in person as scheduled. 

Geanna Kitchen, a mother of three Chippewa students, stated, “The kids just got to go back to school in person and we finally had a tiny sense of normalcy. Now, this is sprung on us and we are left scrambling trying to figure out what to do for the next month.” She talked about her frustrations with trying to balance work and online classes. “I understand the concern for safety, but as a parent I can’t help but also be concerned about the inconsistency in the education our children are receiving.”

The district will attempt to maintain most of the after school programming with safety protocols in place and they will also continue to provide breakfast and lunch to all students. Families are encouraged to visit the school website to see any updates or changes in the schedule, Grab and Go Meals, activities and online classes.

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