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RRRALC, ELC to start year with some, all distance learning

While most schools around Cottonwood County have started the school year with an in-person hybrid model with 50% capacity and social distancing, one school is starting the year with a combination of distance learning and a hybrid model.

"We have decided to start distance learning, so we can prep and plan for when our students come back into our ELC program," explains Misty Riebel, dean of students at Red Rock Ridge Learning Center and ELC-Windom. Classes began Monday for students in the school's ALC and ELC programs.
"Our ELC programs run a little differently than what a public school setting would run. We want to make sure everybody is safe and safety is our top priority."

The school's alternative learning center, on the other hand, will use a hybrid model of two days in-person instruction and three days of distance learning.

While the school's programming may be different from public schools, the school's new site administrator, Jason Kratochvil, says their school will be doing one thing much the same.

"We'll continue to monitor the county data like everyone else. We'll work through the Department of Health and with the local district kids who continue to see what their model is," Kratochvil says. "We'll also assess where we're at in terms of the guidance we receive in terms of training for the staff to make sure we are able to handle the students that we have regularly in the safest manner possible.

"It's an ongoing evaluation."

For much more on the start of the school year at RRRLC and ELC-Windom, as well as information about the new site administrator and the school's move to Windom's Winfair building, see the story in the Sept. 16 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.


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