Mandan Public School Board approves re-entry plan

The Mandan School Board approved a re-entry plan for students and teachers Monday night.
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 8:42 AM CDT
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MANDAN, N.D. - After presentations from multiple people, the Mandan School Board approved a plan to return to school.

Students will return Aug. 20 in the designated Green Phase.

High school students will return using a hybrid A/B model and elementary and middle school students will attend in-person but there is an online option available to all students throughout the entire school year.

Right now, this Mandan High Parking lot is vacant but soon it will be filled with students and faculty returning to a very different school.

“We want our kids to be safe. We want them to wear a mask particularly when a child cannot socially distance,” said Assistant Superintendent Jeff Fastnacht.

Administrators will adjust the way students move between classrooms and spaces within school buildings to reduce exposure in large gatherings.

This is especially important for the high school as their space is already limited.

“If we go back to 2019 we were in a tight situation already and I think the patrons of Mandan know that by going in an A/B schedule will allow us at least a little opportunity to social distance in that building and continue educating our students,” said Fastnacht.

Elementary students in the virtual model must stay in that mode for nine weeks before switching to in-person and middle and high school have to remain online for a semester.

The plan also includes added cleaning measures in high contact areas and students and staff will be asked to have temperatures taken before entering school buildings each day and before boarding the bus.

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