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RRC starts school year with full in-person learning


When it comes to education in the 2020-21 school year, schools in Cottonwood County run the gamut.

While a couple of schools are doing a combination of distance learning and in-person instruction, others are providing a model that allows for all students in school at 50% capacity and social distancing measures in place.

Red Rock Central in Lamberton, on the other hand, began the school year on Sept. 8 charging full speed ahead with the most desired full, in-person model.

"So far, so good," says RRC Superintendent Todd Lee, noting that the school day operates close to normal with one caveat. "Except that everybody's wearing masks."

Lee says the district's "Return to School" committee had been preparing for the reopening of school since classes officially ended in May.

"It was teachers, paraprofessionals, administration and our goal was to make the next year the best we could," Lee explains. "Initially, we talked about what worked with distance learning and what didn't. As we progressed, it was like, 'OK, we're going to come back, in person,' or there's a possibility and what can we do.

"Even before that we had planned for all the contingencies about what it would look like here if we came back with distancing rules and guidelines."

And, as it turns out, the school's case count fell within the parameters for full, in-person learning - "I think it was in the 5s (cases per 10,000 people)" Lee said - without having to operate at 50% capacity.

For much more on the district's school reopening, see the story in the Sept. 23 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands Wednesday.




 

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