COVID-19 can change a business’ plans within a week, day or even an hour.

On Nov. 18, the Osceola School Board agreed with the administration’s recommendations for students in grades 5-12 to return face-to-face Nov. 30 after being remote learning for two weeks. 

A week later, the administration was coming with a different option, this one calling for students in grades 6-12 to remain remote through Jan. 11, 2021. 

Superintendent Mark Luebker explained the change, during the special board meeting Nov. 25: 

--  With the number of positive cases in those grades (15 as of Nov. 24) and students having to be quarantined (42), it’s forcing staff to teach in-person and remote, which is not effective for either students or the staff. 

-- The threat of students having to be pulled from school due to close contact. 

-- Students would be getting live instruction every day from all teachers. He also added students are more than likely to ask for help on an individual basis than a group setting, another benefit. 

After further discussion, the Board voted 3-2 to go along with the administrators'  recommendations with Kysa Marten, Pete Kammerud and Brooke Kulzer voting yes and Brian Meyer and Lanette Johnson voting no. 

For more on the story please see the Dec. 2 print version of the Sun. 

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