MANITOWOC — Manitowoc Public School District is returning to blended learning on January 26, the first day of the second semester, according a news release.
The school district announced Wednesday that families can continue full-distance learning if preferred. The Manitowoc Public School District said in a release that a recent survey showed about 21% of families said they planned to continue full-distance learning.
MPSD will continue to monitor the district’s expanded gating criteria to determine when students can safely return to full, five-day in-person learning, the school district says.
“We know this year has been challenging for our families and our staff as we all worked hard to do our part to reduce the community spread of this deadly virus,” Superintendent Mark Holzman said. “We look forward to eventually returning to full in-person learning which we believe is the best model for our students.”
District and school administrators were meeting Wednesday to determine the details of the return to blended learning. Those details will be communicated soon to families to help them prepare.
Manitowoc Public Schools started the 2020-21 school year on Sept. 1 with a blended learning model that allowed 4K-12 students to attend school in-person some days and learn from home other days. The number of in-person days varied for elementary, middle and high school students, based on the district’s ability to social distance in different school building layouts while cutting class sizes to seven to 13 students.
MPSD moved to a full 100% distance learning model in October.