Elementary schools in the Westminster School District will suspend “hybrid” education combining on-campus and distance learning for Jan. 4 to Feb. 12 in response to climbing rates of coronavirus infections in the immediate community.
The WSD Board of Trustees made that decision Friday night on a 4-1 vote, with Jeremy Khalaf dissenting. Instruction for pupils in those classes will continue “distance learning” via computers and other electronic devices. Excepted from this will be students in certain special programs, who will remain on campus. A return to the hybrid model will resume on Feb. 16.
The three middle school campuses are already on an all-virtual plan.
A lengthy discussion including public comments and board members helped extend the meeting to 1:20 am. Of the 30 persons who spoke on the issue, about three-fifths (mostly parents, but some teachers) wanted to keep the hybrid model, while the balance (mostly teachers) preferred to go to all-virtual instruction.
On Friday, the board seated a new member and underwent reorganization. David Johnson was sworn in and seated as the trustee representing Area 1. Frances Nguyen was also sworn in to serve Area 4. The new board president is Khalaf (Area 5) and the new vice president is Khanh Nguyen (Area 3). Tina Gustin-Gurney (Area 2) will serve as clerk of the board.
The WSD is a K-8 district serving most of Westminster as well as portions of nearby cities.