D-51 High Schools to Allow Students to Return Face-to-Face

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — School is back in session. Well, high school, at least. With District 51 allowing its high school students to return to a classroom setting.

Elementary and middle schools already meet in person, but due to the drop in Covid cases, high schoolers will now return to face-to-face.

Distance learning has its advantages during a pandemic, but there are concerns about how effective it is when compared to face-to-face meetings.

“That was a little bit of a prolbem for us as teachers,” said Rick Peterson of Mesa Valley Educators Association. “Because when you mix and match too many kids too often, you end up with a situation where you don’t know your students, they don’t know you.”

“Im always knowing that the best education is in the classroom,” said Kevin LaDuke a teacher at Orchard Mesa Middle School. “But again, that always has to be up to the person, up to the student, up to the parents.”

Some families might worry about the safety of their children, but schools in District 51 want to assure parents their kids will be in good hands.

“We’re always gonna work to gether to make sure we give the best education to kids,” says LaDuke. “And make them safe and make sure parents are also feeling good.”

And given enough due-diligence, eventually, we can put this pandemic behind us.

“Give each other grace to continue to work through it,” said Peterson. “And by next spring when we all have those two holes in our arms and we can all smile and relax a little bit.”

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