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John Potter, a parents of CPS students, speaks in front of the Board of Education on Oct. 12 at the Aslin administration building. Photo by Ana Manzano

Board of Education votes to keep middle and high school virtual, elementary to return Oct. 19

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.”

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Kellen Sapp October 14, 2020 at 8:50 am

So glad they aren’t sending us back yet. It is certainly much easier for middle and high school students to work virtually than it is for elementary students. I think sending elementary students back is maybe not the best idea because new reports are showing that young kids may be super-spreaders. I’m worried for my little brother and like, maybe “education quality” has decreased, but we are in a public health crisis and lives are more important.

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