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UPSD Board to Consider Reopening Schools
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-10-21

            Administrators will present their recommendations and plans to reopen the Upper Perkiomen School District during Thursday's school board workshop meeting. The members will also consider an action item to move forward with plans to conduct a building feasibility study towards the implementation of full-day kindergarten during the meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Zoom.

            The board is expected to formally consider a motion approving a shift from the current 100 percent virtual to a hybrid learning model for all students. Last week, Superintendent Allyn Roche informed the school board that administrators currently favor a proposal shifting towards a hybrid model. Administrators expect to provide the educational options and price tag for each option, according to Assistant Superintendent Andrea Farina.

            The change could commence on Nov. 30.  In July, the board voted to approve a full virtual instructional model for the initial nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year due to concerns over COVID-19.

            A motion included on the meeting agenda posted Monday on the district's website calls for the spending of $11,750 to contract with a Wyomissing firm to conduct a feasibility study for possible renovations to the kindergarten wing of Hereford Elementary School. Muhlenberg Greene Architects would investigate three possible renovation scenarios and provide preliminary cost estimates, according to the language of the action item.

            In September, Farina presented an updated timeline for the implementation of full-day kindergarten during a Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting. She told the committee that the district hasn't changed its plan to debut the program at the start of the 2021-22 school year.

            "The program will not be delayed," Farina said. "There's been a lot of dialogue over how to support our youngest learners."


 

 

 

 

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