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What Will Return to In-Person Learning Look Like ?

United Township High School in East Moline
United Township High School
United Township High School in East Moline

United Township High School in East Moline will return to full-time, in-person learning in the fall, but will still have to take precautions against the coronavirus.

Thursday afternoon, the board of education will discuss what the return to normal classes might look like.

Superintendent Jay Morrow says their new school year begins in about five weeks, and he's trying to be patient, waiting for guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

"Basically we need guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health in terms of what we have to do, or what the guidance is going to be, in terms of contact tracing, face masks or face coverings, as well as spacing in congregate settings such as cafeterias - so how are we going to set up the lunch room."

The social distance rule for Illinois schools has been reduced from at least six feet between students to three feet. But if someone tests positive for COVID or shows symptoms, contact tracing has to include all those who came within six feet.

Doctor Morrow says that poses real problems for schools - over the course of seven or eight class periods the infected student could come in close contact with 40 to 50 others, not to mention possible contact in the hallways and cafeteria.

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.