Jeffco students push back against plan to restore 100% in-person learning at middle, high schools

Jeffco students push back against plan to restore 100% in-person learning at middle, high schools

Jeffco Public Schools is weighing the possibility of reinstating full-time, in-person learning for middle and high schoolers before the end of the spring semester. But many students say they don’t think that’s a good idea. Nearly 1,500 students, parents and teachers submitted a petition to the district’s board of education Monday, advocating they wait until August to institute a 100% in-person model at the secondary level. The board of education is set to discuss the matter at a special meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Sixth through 12th graders in Colorado’s second largest school district currently attend on a hybrid schedule, in which students go to in-person classes two days per week. On Fridays, all students complete work remotely. Morgan Fritzler, a junior at Lakewood High School, started the petition with fellow students Spencer Wilcox and Campbell Preston out of concern for what resuming full-time in-person instruction would look like. Right now, Fritzler’s classes have about 15 people in each. If classes returned to full size, there would not be adequate room for social distancing, she said. “With that many people …
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