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Waunakee school board reverses decision on all-virtual start to school year

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WAUNAKEE (WKOW) -- The Waunakee Community School District Board of Education voted to reverse its decision on an all-virtual start to the school year.

During a meeting Monday night, members of the board talked about recent coronavirus numbers and learning options that would best fit the community.

In a 4-3 vote, the board was in favor of a four-day schedule for K-4 students. The younger children will have half-days, either AM or PM, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

During the meeting, parents expressed they were interested in having their kids attend in-person classes, especially at that young age.

"I believe that in-person schooling is in the best interest of the kids, and that's what we need to be focused on," one parent said.

However, some teachers expressed their concerns for students and members of the community.

"I am extremely concerned about the safety of our students, teachers and community members," Molly Petroff, the music department chair said.

"Our children do not live in a vacuum and I urge you not to take chances with the lives of our community members."

Students grades 5-12 will remain on an all-virtual learning plan for the beginning of the school year.

The school board will reconsider its options in the coming months.

Classes for the Waunakee Community School District are expected to start Sept. 1.

Rebecca Ribley

Wake Up Wisconsin Anchor

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