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Pueblo D60 to return next week, high schoolers online

Posted at 6:17 PM, Aug 25, 2020

PUEBLO — Many school districts are starting back up right now, and Pueblo District 60 is preparing for dozens to return in person.

High School students won't be a part of those numbers at least for the beginning of the year.

"When we look at our families some of them have the luxury of staying home with their kids, others need to get back to work," Dalton Sprouse, Director of Communications with Pueblo School District 60 said.

The decision, which comes less than a week before students are set to return to school, comes with mixed feelings for teachers.

However, Mike Maes- president of the Pueblo Education Association says there are concerns when it comes to the change of plans and adapting to virtual learning.

"Nobody's really sure how to plan for this, they're not sure what it's going to look like so they're having to re-do lessons to meet that online component," Maes said.

Middle School students will remain on a hybrid schedule and Elementary students will be allowed to return to school four days a week. The district has offered virtual learning to all students if they choose.

Some teachers couldn't be more excited to get back into the classroom. That's the case for Shari Elson, a fifth grade teacher at Haaff Elementary.

"This is what we as teachers signed up to do, we want to be with them, watch them grow, watch them learn," Elson said, "I so want to be in my classroom with my kids."

There will be additional measures in place for classrooms and students returning in the school including additional cleaning and social distancing measures. Students will also be providing masks and technology.