Yukon Schools fall semester extended

Students need time to catch up in pandemic, superintendent says

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Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth.

After concerns from teachers that students in Yukon Public Schools are behind academically this year, the fall semester has been extended two weeks.

The first day of the spring semester will not begin until two weeks into January, Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth told the Yukon School Board of Education in a Monday night meeting.

The calendar will not need to be changed to make the adjustment, Simeroth said. Christmas break, Dec. 21 to Dec. 31 will not change. The spring semester will begin Tuesday, Jan. 19. The fall semester will end Jan. 15.

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Yukon Schools in-person learning was delayed this year due to COVID-19. Students started the school year in virtual, distance learning from home. The pandemic challenges have had an effect on school work.

“We’re not changing the calendar date, but with the start of school and all the chaos, there are concerns they are not on pace where they should be,” Simeroth said.

He said the decision should help virtual students have extra time to catch up. Students have faced power outages and quarantines.

The district has just .26% of students positive and .35% quarantined, less than 1%, Simeroth said.

The district will release information to parents about options for enrolling in the spring semester on Thursday, Nov. 12, Simeroth said.

Yukon Schools will be out Jan. 18 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, according to a district calendar.

There have been a number of quarantines, including the volleyball team due to exposures as a group, Simeroth said.

“We’re very proud of the work the teachers do and the students are doing a great job of masking up,’ Simeroth said.

He said people in the district support in-person learning five days a week.

“We think you need to be in school. The routine is good for kids,” Simeroth said.

Students in Yukon returned to classrooms in mid-September for in-person learning.