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Silvis District Announces Fall Plans


When the new school year begins, students in one local district will only go to school two days a week. That was the decision this week by the Silvis School Board. 

Superintendent Terri Vandewiele says current plans are for students to all learn remotely on Mondays, and then half would come to school on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the other half would come to class on Thursdays and Fridays. 

"Probably the late part of August or early part of September, we're going to see how the first few weeks of school go, we're going to see what the guidance is, and see if we've had any outbreaks. And then we're going to make a determination if we will change and provide four or five days a week of in-person learning for our students. "

She says the district is taking what she calls 'a quarterly approach,' hoping for students to be able to come to school five days a week as soon as possible. A recent survey of parents in the Silvis district shows they were most concerned about masks, which will be required by the state, and their options for child care. 

The Silvis district has 650 students in pre-K through 8th grade. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.