Three options were reviewed by the seven members of the Oswego School District 308 Board of Education for instruction of students for phase two of reopening, while the current model is remote learning during the COVID pandemic.
Oswego 308 Superintendent Dr. John Sparlin opened the discussion.
While district parents continue to push for in-person instruction, the district spent its time examining A-B groups for in person instruction on different days or A-B groups pushed together for five days. Remote learning would be still offered.
In a 5-2 board vote, with Toni, Morgan and Heather Moyer voting no, the agreement is to start a new phase for students on Feb. 16th.
The hybrid learning model for elementary school students will still start a week from Tuesday. A board decision Monday will also mean that high school students will join junior high students in starting with hybrid learning on January 28, earlier than originally planned.
At the junior high and high school, A and B groups will be conducted to reduce the number of students in buildings and permitting social distancing. Nearly 2,000 students each attend Oswego and Oswego East high schools.
For elementary students at 15 buildings, the A-B groups will be combined, meeting in-person at their school buildings five days a week but for only under three morning hours for reading, math, and writing. In the afternoon, those students would receive a science video, special classes such as art, music, p.e. and homework time.
Remote learning would still be offered for five days a week for parents not choosing in-person for their children.
Board member Toni Morgan had sought to continue remote learning for the remainder of the year.
Board member Ruth Kroner addressed the current remote learning.
In addition, no school lunches will be provided because of less space for social distancing and removing masks. Finally the Oswego school board will review the plan at its Feb. 22nd meeting.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the start of the hybrid learning model was pushed back. It has been corrected to indicate that the board of education approved phase two of the reopening plan and that hybrid learning will start next week for elementary school students. We regret the error.