Lone Tree Approves Hybrid Return to Learn Plan


The Lone Tree Community School Board Approved a "Hybrid Model" Return to Learn plan during a special session Monday night.

    The motion, proposed by Board Member Joe Williams and Seconded by Board Member Michael Hotz, included three policies.

    First, face coverings will be required for anyone in the school building until further notice. Lone Tree Superintendent Ken Crawford said at previous board meetings that the district would provide a face shield to each student.

    Second, students will be separated into two groups, with those two groups alternating days of in-person instruction. The result is that any given student will be on-site every other day, in what many board members called an "A day, B day" system.

    Lastly, the motion said students would "have the option available to apply for online learning," which would keep them off campus 100% of the time, but would be a 9-week commitment once approved.

    Crawford said applications would still be subject to district approval based on criteria passed earlier in the meeting, including acknowledgement of the 9-week commitment, access to high-speed internet and agreeing to “log-in at the required, designated time for their classes,” which “will vary based on teacher expectation and student age level.”

    The motion was a 3-2 decision, with Board Vice President Mike Waldschmidt and Board President Christina Magruder voting against.

    More details will be available in next week’s edition of The News, on newsstands Aug. 12.


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