There are tough decisions likely ahead for Paris 95 Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Larson as the district prepares to return to in-person learning — including when or if the district's …
There are tough decisions likely ahead for Paris 95 Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Larson as the district prepares to return to in-person learning — including when or if the district's students move to 100 percent remote learning.
At Monday's August meeting of the Paris 95 school board, Larson outlined concerns as the district moves to in-person and remote learning Thursday, Aug. 13.
The school board members agreed Larson is the person to make the call about whether schools be closed. Board president Kevin Knoepfel noted Larson is the one who makes the calls for snow days.
"Last week if you'd have asked me, I'd had said we should be able to keep the in-person learning going at least through Labor Day," Larson observed. "Now I think we'll be lucking to make it until the end of the first full week (Aug. 21)."
The superintendent reported three confirmed COVID-19 cases, noting an outbreak is defined as two cases. In addition, there are 20 students in quarantine. He also reported:
Larson noted the agenda for Monday's meeting was brief because the school board and administration approved the budget and levy this past summer to allow the district to concentrate on returning to school.
Parents on both sides of the return to school argument — yes we should, no we shouldn't — are upset, Larson said. Parents are also upset and complaining because:
Larson praised the teachers and the Association of Paris Teachers — the Paris 95 teachers' union — for their hard work in getting the students back in school.