Dallas Center-Grimes Community Schools considers in-person learning

Eufemia Didonato

Parents in the Dallas Center-Grimes School District gathered Monday to share their views on in-person learning.The Dallas Center-Grimes School Board met for a work session to discuss how and when it will bring students back to classroom learning.The board said it is considering the shift to in-person learning due to changed COVID-19 guidelines from the Iowa Department of Public Health.Outside the administration building, parents made their feelings known. “It doesn’t really make sense that we can do all of these youth activities that have kids face-to-face, darting the basketball courts, and we can’t come back to school and wear a mask and do the best to keep our distances,” DC-G parents Todd Lawton said. DC-G families chose between virtual and hybrid learning at the beginning of the school year.The hybrid learning plan splits students into two groups that attend in-person classes on alternating days.“We just feel like there’s really not a model in education written for hybrid learning,” Lawton said. “They’re either meant to be full-time online or back in school.”Parents in the organization DC-G Kids Safety disagreed.The organization sent KCCI several points in support of hybrid learning, including concerns of underlying conditions, Iowa’s lack of a statewide mask mandate and the impending cold and flu seasons.In a statement sent to KCCI, DC-G Kids Safety said they believe the hybrid model is working. The DC-G School Board scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday to vote on when the district will begin in-person learning.The board is considering returning preschool, kindergarten and elementary students to classrooms full-time on Nov. 2. Middle and high school students could begin in-person learning Nov. 9.Online learning would remain an option for students.

Parents in the Dallas Center-Grimes School District gathered Monday to share their views on in-person learning.

The Dallas Center-Grimes School Board met for a work session to discuss how and when it will bring students back to classroom learning.

The board said it is considering the shift to in-person learning due to changed COVID-19 guidelines from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Outside the administration building, parents made their feelings known.

“It doesn’t really make sense that we can do all of these youth activities that have kids face-to-face, darting the basketball courts, and we can’t come back to school and wear a mask and do the best to keep our distances,” DC-G parents Todd Lawton said.

DC-G families chose between virtual and hybrid learning at the beginning of the school year.

The hybrid learning plan splits students into two groups that attend in-person classes on alternating days.

“We just feel like there’s really not a model in education written for hybrid learning,” Lawton said. “They’re either meant to be full-time online or back in school.”

Parents in the organization DC-G Kids Safety disagreed.

The organization sent KCCI several points in support of hybrid learning, including concerns of underlying conditions, Iowa’s lack of a statewide mask mandate and the impending cold and flu seasons.

In a statement sent to KCCI, DC-G Kids Safety said they believe the hybrid model is working.

The DC-G School Board scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday to vote on when the district will begin in-person learning.

The board is considering returning preschool, kindergarten and elementary students to classrooms full-time on Nov. 2. Middle and high school students could begin in-person learning Nov. 9.

Online learning would remain an option for students.

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