Worcester school officials unveil plans for reopening in the fall

WORCESTER, MASS. (WHDH) - Worcester Public Schools held a community virtual meeting on Monday to unveil their preliminary plans for reopening in the fall.

Officials are focusing on a hybrid model of face-to-face learning combined with online instruction, at the recommendation of the school committee.

One option school officials are exploring includes a 50 percent rotation where students would attend school in person two days a week and the other three would be online.

Another plan would allow only a third of the school population in the building at one time.

Everyone would be required to wear masks and practice social distancing of at least three to six feet when inside school buildings.

Though many parents have voiced their concerns that appropriate social distancing would not be feasible in many day-to-day situations.

A plan was also presented for the disinfecting of schools and buses.

“Busses will be cleaned in between individual trips and at the end of the day will undergo a thorough clean,” Chief Financial and Operations Officer Brian Allen said.

Students will be issued an electronic device for online learning along with internet hotspots as needed, according to the proposal.

School officials said that students will not be required to participate in temperature checks or to undergo COVID-19 screenings.

Personal Protective Equipment would also be made available to all schools.

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