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Waterloo Schools provide insight on return-to-learn plan

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) — The Waterloo School District is announcing their return-to-learn plan. The District is planning to begin in-person instruction on the week of August 24th, 2020. Waterloo Schools did note they may do a staggered start for various grade levels on the first week.

High schools may have a combination of in-person and remote learning. Exact start dates for each grade level will be announced in August.

Waterloo Schools did say that while virtual learning is not the recommended option, parents may elect through an application process for their child/children. Every student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction. Families can apply for virtual instruction by completing the application in August. The Waterloo School District will have devices provided.

Health and safety measures are being implemented with more updates in the future. Below is a list of the measures:

  • Masks and/or face shields will be required for staff and students
  • As much social distancing as possible
  • Plastic desk shields as another protective measure (especially for younger students)
  • More cleaning and sanitation procedures
  • Ventilation system modifications for improved air quality
  • More safety routines (i.e. hand washing, some meals eaten in classrooms, staggered bell schedules and altered arrival/dismissal procedures).

There will be daily pre-screenings and temperature checks to help keep staff stay safe and healthy. The District will give each staff member protective gear.

Busing services will still be given to eligible students as needed. Masks and other safety procedures will be required for riders. Modifications for athletics, activities, band, vocal and P.E. are being considered, but specific guidelines are still being finalized.

The Waterloo School District does want to inform that this is only a preview of the return to learn plan and that more updates will be released in early August.

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