Urbana school board set to vote on reopening plan

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Superintendent Jennifer Ivory-Tatum’s resolution to approve the school district’s 2020-2021 reopening plan Tuesday night was tabled.

Board members opened the meeting by voting to remove two resolutions from the agenda, including the reopening plan.

Instead, Ivory-Tatum presented a new recommendation at the meeting to start the district fully remote August 24th, with the ability to offer a blended plan with in-person learning Tuesday, September 8th at the earliest. This would allow officials to monitor a potential spike in cases around the Labor Day holiday weekend and make a decision based on those numbers. Ivory-Tatum said she wanted to make sure students can safely participate in some measure of in-person learning during the fall, and acknowledged that she fully expected the district to return to remote learning once influenza season hits.

USD116 announced in July it would recommend a blended plan of remote and in-person instruction this fall. Some teachers and parents have criticized the plan, with a group gathering in protest later that month. During Tuesday night’s board meeting, board members read more than an hour’s worth of letters sent into the district, most calling for remote learning.

The meeting began at 7:30 and can be viewed on UPTV.

Follow Jen Lask’s live tweets of the meeting:

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