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Ottumwa Teacher shares her thoughts on returning to the classroom

Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 12:31 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -A recent N-P-R, IPSOS poll shows nearly 75-percent of teachers are concerned about returning to in-person teaching this fall.

Brooke Fischels is the Vice President of the Ottumwa Education Association and a math teacher at Ottumwa High School.

She says that while she's preparing to teach in person she feels that going online later in the school year is inevitable and that she's preparing her students to learn online too.

“I don’t think we’re terribly far from that in at least 6 counties in Iowa. That’s not necessarily Wapello County yet but I think we could easily end up in that category.How many more people are going to be intermingling and socially around other folks. But I think the fact is some people are going to get this virus.”

KYOU spoke to the Ottumwa Schools Superintendent last week, and he outlined Ottumwa’s Return to Learn plan. Students will have two options; face-to-face learning or virtual learning.

All students and staff are required to wear masks.

Students will return to school on August 24th.

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