West Chester Area School District Considering Hybrid Models for the Fall

The first day of school in the fall may look very different from the first day of school last year, as shown above. Image via the West Chester Area School District.

West Chester Area School District officials are considering hybrid education models as a way of getting students back to school this fall, writes Fran Maye for the Daily Local News.

“The model will allow us to reduce student capacity and bring some of our students into our schools while some remain online, and then switch,” said WCASD superintendent Dr. James Scanlon.

This approach would allow schools to provide the recommended six feet of social distancing between desks.

Many other safety measures are also being implemented, including requiring mask worn by students and staff at all times, frequent cleaning and mitigation procedures, and ensuring students keep to smaller groups.

This hybrid model would offer in-person schooling to all students. It would also offer any parents who are uncomfortable sending their children there with an option to enroll them in the district’s K-12 online program – which has been vastly improved since its introduction.

“We are asking for parent, staff, and student feedback,” Scanlon said. “This is new territory for all of us. It’s important to collaborate, to listen to each other’s voices, and do the very best we can.”

Read more about the West Chester Area School District in the Daily Local News here.

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