Parents can opt to send elementary children starting Dec. 7
For the first time since last spring, some Gibraltar students could return to the classroom soon.
On Monday, Gibraltar Board of Education President Stephen Seyfer made a motion to grant a parent option for in-school learning for elementary school children beginning Dec. 7, barring a major increase in COVID-19 cases. Starting Jan. 11, the district will also allow parents to decide whether to send middle school and high school students back into the classroom. Board members Don Helm, Lauren Ward and Angela Sherman voted against the reopening dates.
“The administrative team will begin surveying parents to determine who will be attending in person and which students will remain in remote learning,” Superintendent Tina Van Meer said Tuesday.
Parents need to tell district staff whether they plan to use bus transportation or drive their children to school. School administrators and all employees will have discussions to “determine additional support needed regarding our learning model and building safety plans,” Van Meer said.
The decision comes after two weeks of board discussion of and disagreement about an administration recommendation to reopen the school only if the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Door County during two-week periods fell below 97.