Lancaster school board approves plan for return of students to classrooms

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

KILMARNOCKThe Lancaster school board on Tuesday, February 9, unanimously, 5-0, approved the recommendation of superintendent Dan Russell, which called for hybrid learning to begin February 16 for students in grades pre-K through 6 and March 1 for students in grades 7-12.

The school day will be structured in “A” and “B” weeks with a 1 p.m. dismissal to help deliver equitable services to the other half of the student body, who will continue to attend virtually.

However, some parents have questioned the process.

Lucy McCrillis, a parent of a freshman at Lancaster High School, encouraged schools to open with in-class instruction that did not include virtual instruction. McCrillis stated that prolonged virtual instruction has “deepened the serious adverse mental, emotional and physical ill of our children.”

McCrillis noted other area schools being open and playing sports while “our students are still in a state of lockdown with no clear date or criteria for when that would end.” McCrillis also wanted the district to “activate sports and electives. My son and many other students are desperate for some engagement.”

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