AASD plans for full-time classes

The Altoona Area School Board approved a plan to give all district students the opportunity to return to full-time, in-person classes in November.

The plan is to offer parents the opportunity to send students, grades pre-K to 12, to five-day, in-person classes. The district will continue to offer Elementary Cyber Academy, Altoona Cyber Academy and hybrid model options. This transition would occur over the next four to six weeks, according to the district’s plan.

The plan will have all elementary classes back to “traditional sizes” by Nov. 6. Meanwhile, all junior high school students will have “full entry” into school on Nov. 12.

The district plans for high school students to return on Nov. 16. Juniors and seniors are to attend a class orientation and building introduction on Nov. 12, while sophomore and freshman are to do so on Nov. 13.

Officials said the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center is planning a full return on Nov. 2.

The high school plan includes staggered arrival and dismissal procedures, mask breaks, directional movement through both buildings and social distancing when possible.

Virtual learning is to be a livestream of in-person classes.

District officials said the plan is “contingent on building completion and the ability to safely have students return to both A and B buildings.”

Representatives of Reynolds Enterprises Inc., construction manager for the district’s high school building and renovation project, said there is an inspector visiting the A building on Oct. 13.

They hope to have a certificate of occupancy on Oct. 19 when the inspector returns.

District officials said once occupancy permits are available, teachers will then be allowed to enter, set up their classrooms and prepare for student reentry.

Mirror Staff Writer Dom Cuzzolina is at 946-7428.


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