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Xavier schools release finalized Return to Learn plan

Xavier Catholic Schools

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- Xavier Catholic Schools have released their Return to Learn plan, which will incorporate a hybrid system for Xavier High School and an on-site model for middle and elementary schools to start the school year.

For the high school, the hybrid learning model will be a combination on online and in-person learning. Student will be in on-site classes half the day, every day.

To do this, students will be divided into two cohorts, one that attends on-site classes in the morning and virtual classes via Zoom in the afternoon two consecutive days a week. The other cohort will do the opposite, and then the two groups rotate schedules after two days.

The school says they decided on this schedule based on feedback from students and teachers.determined as a result of feedback by Xavier students and in coordination with teachers. It allows students to be in class with each of their teachers every week.  

Students and staff will be required to wear face masks and practice physical distancing while on-site. The school will also be heavily sanitizing and installing UV air filters in the school's HVAC system.

Xavier middle and elementary schools will use a model with all students being on-site, but will also be requiring face masks, physical distancing, and sanitizing.

As with all Iowa schools, students of all grades have the option to move to all online instruction and Xavier says they will make accommodations as needed.

The district also says models may switch to a online-only plan if guidance from local health officials change.

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