Schools nationwide are grappling with how to get back to the classroom, while keeping everybody safe from COVID-19. Regional Superintendent of Schools for Franklin, Johnson, Massac and Williamson counties Lorie LeQuatte says right now, schools are leaning towards a hybrid school day.
"Students will be coming to school in the morning for in-person, they would be dismissing early afternoon and sent home with a lunch."
A one size fits all model is not possible. For example, she says kids in fifth grade and younger, maybe should not wear a mask, because of their habit of fidgeting.
"Because that could be potentially more contaminating, because they're going to be fidgeting with it all day."
For the virtual portion of their day, many students will be issued Chrome books, and LeQuatte says families without internet, would get help from the school district. Money for the remote learning materials is provided to the schools by the Federal CARES act.