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Superior School Board approves three scenarios for fall

Ryan Juntti
Updated: July 21, 2020 12:06 AM

The Superior School Board on Monday night approved three different scenarios for how school may be taught this fall.

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They are an all virtual learning model, a hybrid model, and all on-site learning.

The school district still needs to figure out which scenario they want to go with, but two students in the Superior School District say they want to go back to school. Burrlynn Crowley and Morgan West are hoping that school is at least partially taught in person.

“The spike in COVID in Minnesota and Wisconsin alone is really high, so if we only do it once or twice, it would be easier, and it would be less likely for someone to catch COVID,” said Crowley, an incoming eighth grader at Superior Middle School.

“I’m really looking forward to school at least starting a little bit, even if it’s limited days because I really kind of just want to get back on track and see my friends," said West, who is an incoming freshman at Superior High School.

Both students say distance learning was a challenge for them, further reinforcing how they are hoping for in-person instruction.

“I used to be a straight A student, and I failed online schooling,” said Crowley. 

“The distance learning was kind of a struggle for me since I was indoors a lot, and kind of failing my classes, and struggling with them, so I think being in school is a lot more easier for me than distance learning,” said West.

If they are able to go back to school in person, Crowley and West say they would be comfortable doing so, but did express some concerns.

“My only concern is really about the bullying, or the picking on because that’s really physical, and the fact that it’s physical is a higher spike for COVID,” said Crowley.

“In class, I'm mostly kind of worrying about social distancing, and how people get close to each other. People like to make jokes about COVID, coughing and sneezing. That’s a real worry for me," said West.

With freshman year of high school being challenging enough as it is, West is hoping for at least a bit of normalcy as she begins a new chapter in her life. 

“I’m really excited to start my first year of high school but I don’t really want it ruined by COVID,” said West.

Teachers unions for Wisconsin's five largest school districts are asking Governor Evers to keep schools closed at the start of the school year.

Last week Evers said he is going to leave it up to each individual school district to decide how to move forward.

One Superior School District parent told WDIO News that he is "extremely worried" about sending his kids back to school, adding that he wants some "serious safe guards in place."

The decision about which scenario the Superior School District will use will be made based on COVID-19 transmission rates, and is expected sometime in August.

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