USD 383 planning return to in-person school for the fall

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USD 383 Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade (far right) discusses the district’s draft plan Wednesday night regarding the reopening plan when school resumes in August. Also pictured, from left to right, board members Karla Hagemeister, Curt Herrman and Kristin Brighton. (YouTube screenshot)

USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden Schools are planning to start the new school year on site and with no mask requirements.

Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade discussed the district’s draft plan with the school board Wednesday night. He says the response plan could also be used for any potential pandemics in the future.

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Students and staff who are fully vaccinated would not be required to wear a mask in the buildings. However, those who are not vaccinated would be strongly encouraged to do so, under the draft plan, but not required. Currently, those under the age of 12 are not able to get vaccinated.

Wade says their goal is not to be the vaccination police and won’t require proof of vaccination. He says they intend to be 100 percent in person.

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The draft plan is available to view on the district’s website.

The district plans to continue its sanitation practices, including hand washing, classroom wipe-downs and hand sanitizer stations in each building.

Parents wanting an online learning option for this school year will have to enroll their student into the Manhattan Virtual Academy.

Online registration for the 2021-22 school year opens July 19. The school year begins Aug. 18.

Video of Wednesday’s meeting is shared below.

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