WORCESTER (CBS) – What will school look like in the fall? That’s the question on just about every parent’s mind.
On Friday, the Worcester School Committee decided it’s unlikely all students will be back in class.
“The school system will focus on developing a hybrid model – some students in the class and some at home.
“Rather than think about we need three plans, we need to be demonstrating feasibility. Well, all of us who are familiar with 25,000 kids and 4,500 employees and 50 buildings know precisely how feasible it is to try get them all back with health and safety. It’s not, so we’re gonna show that it’s not will show that and then we move ahead with the rest of this,” said school committee member Tracy O’Connell Novick
The school system plans to remove all furniture from classrooms, and carpenters will install clear plastic barriers. Custodian hours will be adjusted to allow for extra cleaning.
Worcester is also asking for parents’ feedback. In the next few weeks, parents will receive a survey to voice their opinions about how schools should be run in the fall.
In Wellesley, the school officials are seeking parent feedback before deciding how to move forward. The district will also create three focus groups, so school officials can hear about any concerns from parents directly.
The Wellesley School District plans to hold a virtual community update on July 9. Parents are asked to submit their surveys by July 10.