Kansas school district modifies plans for in-person classes

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A public school district in northeast Kansas has modified its plans to move from online classes to having students attend in person part of the week because of concerns expressed by teachers and other staff.

The Lawrence district plans to have its high school students attend in-person classes only one day a week, instead of the two days initially planned, the Lawrence Journal-World reports. Students in lower grades will have in-person classes two days a week, but the school board decided late Monday to delay that until Nov. 9 for elementary schools.

The district's decisions come with Kansas reporting nearly 68,000 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases for the pandemic.

The district still plans to have all students learning remotely on Wednesdays because of the pandemic. High school students will be divided into four groups, with 25% going to in-person classes each day. In other grades, students will be divided into two groups.

Rick Henry, the district's director of secondary education, said high school teachers and staff had worried about the initial plans to have high school students go two days a week and take half their classes each day. He said they felt classes would be too long and planning time, inconsistent.

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