Quad Cities schools open from Aug. 31-Sept. 8

From a distance…

QUAD CITIES – Beginning with Bridgeport on August 31 through Pateros on Sept. 8, schools in the Quad Cities area opened or will open their doors – but at a distance – with online and remote learning agendas to meet the dual requirements of providing an educational format for students under restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bridgeport - August 31

Bridgeport scheduled August 31 as its first day of school on the distance learning model. The district pledged to help families lacking access to internet services.

Attendance is scheduled to taken daily and remote attendance is expected.

Athletics will remain on hold and the food program will be on a grab-and-go format.

Brewster - Sept. 2

Brewster was originally scheduled to be first out of the blocks August 26, but the school board set the date back to Wednesday, Sept. 2 to allow more time for everyone to prepare. Student-teacher conferences will occupy the first two days, Sept. 2-3 and again Sept. 8, when every student will be acquainted with the remote learning process.

The district has tried many different avenues to allow students into the building for in-person school,” wrote Superintendent Eric Driessen in an online letter. “At this time, the county health department has denied all of our requests, requiring us to begin school remotely. The ability to return to school will depend on the number of positive COVID cases in our community.”

Remote learning will include the following:

Required attendance taken each period.

Required grading

Six hours of daily student learning

State testing

Brewster will offer Bear Academy as an alternate K-12 continuous learning program.

Mansfield - Sept. 2

Mansfield will offer a hybrid opening with small group of students able to attend classes on two shortened days of the week for elementary and high-risk secondary students. Most secondary students will start remote, with those needing to come into class notified individually.

Pateros - Sept. 8

While classes start Sept. 8, conferencing for students and parents will run from Sept. 1-4. Textbooks, learning materials and a Chromebook will be handed out at that time and each student will undergo a short assessment of reading and math skills.

We need to get all of our students up and going strong with remote learning,” an online letter said on the pateros.org website. “Our teachers and administrators are dedicated to making this remote teaching and learning a rewarding and challenging alternative to what we are used to.”



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