Worthington's ISD 518 students will not return to in-person learning in 2020

WORTHINGTON - ISD 518 has announced they will continue using a distance learning model until the end of the 2020 calendar year for all grades. Administration and the school board will work with local and state agencies to determine if a safe return to hybrid learning is possible on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Superintendent John Landgaard said Wednesday that it breaks his heart they can’t all be in the schools in person, but said the community spread is high and the goal is to keep COVID out of their building.

Jumping back and forth between learning models in complicated and hard on everyone.

“People need to tale this seriously and the community needs to do their part,” Landgaard said.

With all students distance learning, Landgaard said they do not expect parents to teach.

“But we do expect them to help us hold their children accountable,” he said.

Parents need to check that students are doing homework and attending classes, and if a student is struggling, parents need to make sure help is requested.

“We’ll do the educating,” Landgaard stated.

The January 4 date is a target date, Landgaard said, but with the holidays, that date could get pushed back even further.

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