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School District will finish year with distance learning


Melissa Jenkins

Three Forks Elementary staff members attended the Cruise on Main event last week.

The Three Forks School Board voted unanimously last week to not reconvene onsite instruction for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The district will continue with distance and online learning, and the board also voted to extend the State of Emergency for the district.

Prior to the vote, Superintendent Jeff Elliott told the board he was able to discuss the idea of going back to school with students, administration, faculty and also collaborated with county health officials.

Melissa Jenkins

After first hearing that school could return, Elliott said he was excited, but the guidelines were still pretty restrictive and this would affect school busses, playgrounds, students eating in classrooms and possibly having students coming to school on alternate days. Elliott also discussed concerns with the fact they would be only coming back for 14 days and class size.

"It's a tough situation right now because a lot of our classes are full," he said.

The results of a parent survey were also shared by Elliott. He said 62 percent of parents who responded said it was too early and premature to start school on May 7.

He said based on everything he and the administrative team talked about, they think it is in the best interest of all stakeholders involved to continue with distance learning.

Elliott added they have to get the ball rolling for graduation right now it is going to be really exciting and really neat.

"We have to do that for them," he said.


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