Elementary students return to in-person learning in the School District of La Crosse

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Yesterday marked a return to in-person learning for elementary students in the School District of La Crosse. First News at Nine’s David LaClair reports, during the year of COVID-19, parents, and staff says now is the right time to go back.

A return to the classroom for in-person learning for North Side Elementary parents has been a day of anticipation.

Parent, Regan Mueller, said, “Our daughter who’s here today is thrilled to the moon and back. She loves school, she loves her teacher.

Jessica Jobs said, “It’s been rough since they haven’t been in school.

After virtual learning the entire first semester, Superintendent Aaron Engel says now is the right time to return.

Engel said, “We were following Harvard Global Health Institute’s guidelines for opening schools, and based on the ten months of research we have around COVID-19, we know now that with strict enforcement of safety protocols we can re-open for in-person, even at high rates of community spread. Fortunately, our rates are pretty low right now.”

With a gradual set schedule for each grade, the district looks to make the transition back to in-person as safe as possible.

“This short week, we’re bringing back kindergarten through second-grade students, next week it will be 4 and 5th-grade students will be in-person. The following week, our 6 through 8th graders will be here in a hybrid model, they’ll be here two days a week, and our last group, our high schoolers will be in a hybrid model as well,” said Engel.

“Even though COVID-19 is still happening, I think it’s good everybody’s going back to school and we’re finally moving forward,” said Jobs.

Mueller said, “We’ve had time together as a family and I get a new understanding of what school’s like for each of our children, but this is where they’re meant to be.”

For both parents, they are just happy to see a return to some normalcy.

In La Crosse, David LaClair, First News at Nine.

Dr. Engel says students affected by COVID-19 still have the option of learning virtually. Social distancing and mask guidelines are strictly enforced in each school building.

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