Yukon Public Schools to stick with in-person learning

An emergency plan for "AB" schedule is in place

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Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth said Monday the schools will remain open for five days a week.

The plan to stay in school five days a week in Yukon will stick for now.

“We are going to continue on with our in-person learning as it is currently. It is fair to say that this could change if our numbers increase dramatically and we get to a point we can’t provide substitutes,” Simeroth said.

Dr. Jason Simeroth told the Yukon School board members Monday night that district officials have worked out a plan for students to attend school in A and B groups on fewer days of the week.

“We hope we don’t have to go that route,” Simeroth said.

The district has had basketball players quarantined in recent days, and the number of cases is tracked each week.

“We reached a high last week,” Simeroth said, about the number of cases.

The district had 4% of the student population quarantined and less than 1% positive. There is also less than 1% of teachers quarantined from contact or positive tests for COVID-19.

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Issues with the distance-learning, or continuous learning from home will persist with A and B group learning, with students attending on a certain day of the week based on the first letter of their last name.

“We made out an AB schedule in case,” Simeroth said.

He said students grades have improved since the school board voted to return to classrooms after starting the semester in a continuous learning plan from home.

Board President Suzanne Cannon asked Simeroth at what point a decision would be made to go to “AB” learning. Simeroth said there would be further discussion of the issue, to see if it is the best plan.

YPS School Board President Suzanne Cannon said she has received more letters against students being in school than support in-person learning. (Photo by Robert Medley)

Cannon said she has had 37 letters from people who do not want children in schools and from teachers who say they don’t feel safe. She said parents have also sent children to school who are sick.

Masks are required in Yukon Public Schools for all students.

School board member Leonard Wells said he supports masks. He said he urges people to contact their city council member in Yukon, where the mask mandate issue will be considered Tuesday night by the council.

Yukon School Board Members Leonard Wells discusses masks as Board Member Chris Cunningham listens Monday night in a meeting. (Photo by Robert Medley)

“Masks are helpful to reduce the spread. I think if people would wear their masks it would help us to keep the numbers down and keep our kids in school,” Wells said.