LCBOE Tables 4-Day School Return for LCHS, RLBMS

Special Meeting Slated November 2

Joe Derico, Section Editor

Lewis County Board of Education members tabled a motion that would send middle and high school students back to school four days a week October 26. 

The motion was tabled so the board could get information from stakeholders before making a decision about the re-entry plan. Members said they welcome concerns from all sides of the issue and from all involved with the issue; they also wanted guidance from the Lewis County Health Department about the re-entry plan.

The meeting will be Monday, November 2 at 6 p.m. at RLBMS cafeteria. Any person may listen to the meeting by calling in at 1-304-553-7794; enter conference code id 305 462 881#.  The alternate number is (701)802-5203; enter access code 737126#.

Students have been attending school in two groups, A and B. Students in Group A attend Monday and Tuesday; students in Group B attend Thursday and Friday.  Under the new proposal, students would join elementary students in attending Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Option 2 students were able to transition into the in-person or continue to study at home virtually.

Wednesday remains a virtual day.

LCHS teachers Mr. Allen Heath, Ms. Michele Allen and Mrs. Lesley White.  The trio spoke about various concerns about returning to a 4-day school week.  Concerns included an uptick in positivity rates, classroom size, transitions, how to serve breakfast and lunch and general health and safety. White said that the board seemed “receptive to our concerns; they asked some questions and had some comments.”