Riceville schools release their ‘Return to Learn’ plan; goes with ’80-20′ model

The Riceville Community School Board met at its regular July meeting last night. Much discussion was had around the Return To Learn Plan. The board decided to go with an 80-20 model that blends both face to face and online learning into student education. Families will have the following choices:

Option 1: Face-to-face learning Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, all students will be home participating in required online continuous learning.

Option 2: If families choose not to attend in person, they may take part in daily required online learning. Please note this format will be very different from the spring.

Each Wednesday, staff will be working with individual students, small groups, and connecting with our online families. In order to provide families with choice and meet the needs of our community, teachers will also be collaborating and planning to facilitate both face-to-face and online learning models. The facility will also be deep cleaned this day.

We recognize the unique factors and circumstances in each home and are working on specifics and details of our plan to accommodate students and families. Registration information will be released on August 3rd. We will be using our JMC online process as in years past.

The board also discussed bussing and the wearing of masks. A decision was made to require mask in any place social distancing can not be maintained. This means in hallways, group work, and circle time. There are times where they will be able to take them off- recess, lunch, and times when they are socially distanced. The school will provide these or students can wear ones from home.

Although a decision was made, please realize this is a fluid and flexible situation and is subject to change at any given point. Our full, comprehensive plan will be released no later than August 3rd as originally stated in May. I always appreciate your direct feedback and questions at and look forward to a successful 2020-21 school year.

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