High school retries for full, in-person learning

By: 
Wade Young and Andrea Nelson

High School students are returning to full, in-person learning - again.

The TCU School Board approved change in a special meeting Monday.

The option to full in-person learning was not the board’s first option.

Board member Michelle Borchardt made a motion to return to the hybrid model the district started at the beginning of the year. Unlike the current hybrid model where at-home students view live-streamed classes, the model Borchardt suggested was to have work days when kids are at home.

After a delay, her motion was seconded by Josh Beulke, but it failed by a 2-5 vote. Borchardt and Board member Kevin Huber voted in favor. Marsha Franek, Trevor Houn, Dale Buss, Beulke, and Chris Vlasak voted against it.

TCU Superintendent Lonnie Seifert said, “The biggest reason for the ‘no’ vote was they believe the in-person is the best model.”

Almost immediately after, Vlasak motioned to return all 9-12 students to full in-person learning starting next Monday, April 12. Vlasak’s motion was seconded by Houn, and it passed on a 6-1 vote, with Borchardt voting against it.

The votes came after Seifert presented information that indicated the majority of parents and students want to return to full, in-person learning.

Nearly 560 responses were returned from a survey sent out by Seifert at the end of March. The intent of the survey was to gauge the desire for the learning model to remain the same, change to what it was previously, or return to being in the classroom five days a week.

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