Columbia Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education held a regular session at the Neil C. Aslin administration building to discuss and vote on sending students back to in-person learning on Oct. 12. After three hours of discussion among the members and an hour of public comments, the board voted 5-2 and 4-3 respectively to keep middle and high school students on a virtual curriculum until further notice.
Helen Wade, the president and member of the Board of Education since 2011, said a large factor for why she voted no for middle and high school is because the transmission rate is significantly higher.
“Middle school is different from elementary school in many ways,” Wade said. “We’ve seen all the data. I struggle very much to articulate a logical way to provide a degree of safety I strive for at an elementary school level.”