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By Jack H. Smith
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Willow Creek Students Back at School


Melissa Jenkins

Social distancing and temperature checks were part of the new reality when Willow Creek Students headed back to school last week. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

While many school districts across the state will not be returning to onsite instruction this year, one local school is bucking the trend. The Willow Creek School board recently voted to return for the remainder of the year and students were welcomed back May 7.

According to a Facebook post from Superintendent/Principal Bonnie Lower, the decision was made after surveying the parents of students.

"We found that 76 percent of our students would choose to return to in-person instruction if it was available. Many parents of our students have expressed the desire for their children to be back in the classroom. Many of our parents are essential workers and their children are often trying to do school on their own while their parents are working. Parents that did not feel their child should return to in-person instruction will be able to continue remote learning for the remainder of the school year. Individual student support will continue to be available for remote learning," she said.

Melissa Jenkins

Because Willow Creek is a small rural school with less than 10 students per class, Lower said this makes adhering to guidelines set by Governor Steve Bullock possible.

"Safety measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of our students and staff. These safety measures include a structured recess time (without access to the playground equipment), altered policies for breakfast and lunch, filling water bottles, access to bathrooms, bus seating arrangements, and increased disinfecting of the school building. These new procedures combined with the dedication of our students and staff will minimize the health risks of returning to school. We look forward to welcoming our students back for a successful finish to our school year," she said.


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