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UPSD Approves Hybrid Model for Back to School
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-10-23

            Students in the Upper Perkiomen School District will be returning to school late next month. During a 5-hour, 37-minute meeting, the school board voted 6-3 Thursday night to approve a shift from a 100 percent online learning to a hybrid learning model.

            President Kerry Drake, Vice President Mike Elliot, Judy Maginnis, Dana Hispser, Keith McCarrick and Peg Pennepacker voted for the action item, which provides an option to attend two-days each of in-person and online learning beginning Nov. 30. The vote came near the end of a workshop meeting hosted on Zoom.

            Students throughout the district will retain the opportunity to continue participating in a 100 percent online learning model. Kindergarten students will continue to attend school 100 percent in person, according to Assistant Superintendent Andrea Farina.

            Raeann Hofkin, Stephen Cunningham and Melanie Cunningham voted against the item, which was recommended by district administrators.

            The trio, along with McCarrick, came within one vote of approving an alternative motion that would have sent the district's elementary school students back to in-person learning five days a week, while shifting the secondary students to hybrid. The item included language that would have permitted students to sit less than six feet apart.

            Drake, McCarrick, Melanie Cunningham, Stephen Cunningham and Hofkin voted for two separate amendments to the original motion. However, the final motion failed, with Drake casting the decisive vote.

            Superintendent Allyn Roche described the amended motion as completely opposite to the administration's recommendation between the votes on the amendment. He called it a setup for failure.

            "We brought back the recommendation we were asked to provide," Roche said during the meeting, which ended Friday at 12:37 a.m.


 

 

 

 

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