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Dr. Rickey Further Explains West Delaware’s Return to Learn Plan

West Delaware released their Return to Learn Plan this week – though depending on what Governor Reynolds says today during her press conference, that plan could possibly change.

West Delaware Superintendent Dr. Kristen Rickey says they’ve been working all summer to try to figure out what is the best thing for the health and safety of the students, staff and community – and also what is the best thing for their education, as well as their social and emotional needs.

Right now, West Delaware has two options for families.

Rickey says to protect everyone, West Delaware will be following the guidance of the CDC, the Iowa Department of Public Health and Delaware County Public Health, who are all encouraging face masks.

Rickey says they are still waiting on recommendations on if they can hold extracurricular activities at West Delaware, including sports and fine arts.

The governor will be holding a press conference at 11 am today about Return to Learn (which we’ll carry live on KMCH), so if something changes, West Delaware and other schools across the state may need to change their plans.

West Delaware surveyed its families several weeks ago to get an idea of how they were feeling about returning to school in the midst of COVID-19. Rickey says parents of 28 students indicated they were interested in remote online learning and 110 were not sure. They will have until August 5th to decide. Families choosing remote online learning will need to enroll by next Wednesday using the form on the school website, in addition to the usual e-registration. Families choosing on-site instruction just need to use the normal registration procedure – they’ll most likely get information on that next week.


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