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Families weigh in on Back to School plans

Emily Ness
Updated: August 05, 2020 10:46 PM

The Duluth School Board will vote on a plan Thursday that would allow elementary students to return to school in person, while junior high and high school students learn from home.

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Ahead of that decision, WDIO spoke to families about their thoughts on the matter.

Students in elementary school said they hoped to go back to see their peers.

“I want to go back because I haven’t been able to see most of my friends that I usually get to see at school,” Carter Haw, a 4th grader said. “It would be nice to see everybody again.”

If classes do proceed in person, however, students noted they would be different.

“I feel like we’re going to have to wear masks,” Raegyn Glady, a 4th grader said.

“We’ll probably have to use hand sanitizer a lot and not be able to share pencils and like water fountains. We probably won’t be able to go outside for recess,” Maci Coiour, a 5th grader said.

Students in junior high and high school, on the other hand, said they were sad about likely not being able to go back.

“I really wanted to go back because I just like the hands on kind of stuff. I don't like the distance really,” Ava Brinkman, an 11th grader said.

Parents expressed some concern, but noted that some things are best taught in a classroom.

“I feel like they are not learning as much if they are not in school,” Mark Glady, a parent said.

“Personally, I think the social aspect of school is just as important as the academics and I think that could be really shorted if they just have distance learning,” Anita Johnson, a grandparent added.

The Duluth School Board’s meeting begins at 5:00pm Thursday. WDIO will report on the board’s decision.

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