South Butler has extended their remote instruction through the beginning of January.
Superintendent Dr. David Foley said at a special meeting last night that the county’s high level of coronavirus cases, combined with the holiday season, could make it difficult to stay in school with the latest guidance from the state.
“My challenge is the wave following the holidays, just ensuring that we are able to staff it and have the classes covered,” Foley said. “If we have enough staff coming back on January 11th, we will be back in school.
Secondary students will return on January 11th to a hybrid model, similar to what they did prior to full remote.
Elementary students, meanwhile, will return to in-person instruction for five-days-a-week starting January 11th.
The board also approved the signing of the state’s attestation form that allows for in-person instruction at Monday night’s meeting.
By signing the form, the district agreed to abide by the new mask mandate from the state. They are also subject to closing down buildings if case coronavirus cases reach a certain level among staff and students.
The board approved the decision by a 9-0 vote, although some board members said they felt like the state was not giving them flexibility to help make decisions at the local level.