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Ottumwa superintendent discusses “Return to Learn” plan for school year

Ottumwa Superintendent Michael McGrory
Ottumwa Superintendent Michael McGrory(KYOU)
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - After Monday night’s Board of Education meeting to discuss Ottumwa’s “Return to Learn” plan, KYOU News sat down with Ottumwa Superintendent Michael McGrory to discuss how the upcoming school year could plan out.

There are three possibilities for students: face-to-face classes, virtual learning, and hybrid. The hybrid option would allow for 50-percent of students to spend half a week in school, and take the rest of the week at home. While no plan has been solidified yet, McGrory says the board meeting helped to move many ideas forward and that the school year will be as safe as possible.

“One of our main focuses is providing a safe environment for students, and we’re going to do whatever that takes or whatever that looks like,” McGrory said. “It really impacts many people in a family, and we have to be sensitive to that.”

Masks will be required for all faculty and recommended for students, in addition to social distancing when possible and providing means for families to choose the virtual option.

Superintendent McGrory said the district is receptive to all communication from parents. They can be contacted on the Ottumwa Community District School Facebook page. The school board will come to a final decision on the Return to Learn plan on Monday night.

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