After nearly four hours of discussion on how to deal with COVID-19 at its schools, the Lebanon R-3 School Board decided Thursday night to retain the current hybrid learning model at the high school and to continue with four days in the classroom and one virtual for pre-K through 8th grade.
The measure passed with only one dissenting vote. Board member Mary Russell voted against continuing the hybrid models, saying “I believe students are safer in school than they are in the community.” There had been some discussion during the meeting that because of safety protocols being practiced at school but not in public, students were at greater risk of transmission of COVID-19 outside of school.
Lebanon R-3 Superintendent Dr. David Schmitz had recommended extending the hybrid model.
For more on this story see Saturday's LCR.