As the Moline School District works on plans for the start of classes next month, it's asking for help. Thursday and next week, it will hold virtual community conversations to get suggestions from parents and other residents.
Superintendent Rachel Savage says three general plans are being considered - in-person instruction with kids and teachers back in school, remote instruction with the students at home, and a blend of the two with some remote and some in-class learning.
"Most see the value in in-person instruction - kids need to see teachers and teachers need to be with kids - that's the bottom line. And a lot of concern about the un-intended consequences such as students not having peer interaction."
The district recently surveyed parents and staff, and received more than 2,000 responses.
The virtual conversation with Doctor Savage and members of the school board will be held on Zoom Thursday from 11 am until noon, with an evening meeting next Tuesday (7/7 6:30 pm).
She hopes to have a draft plan for the new school year ready soon, with final approval by the board later this month. The Moline schools are now scheduled to open on August 18th.