Students in the Adams-Cheshire schools will begin a phased transition back into hybrid learning beginning Monday — as long as the downtrend in COVID-19 continues.
The vote by the Hoosac Valley Regional School Committee came after hearing from parents at a special meeting on Thursday about the difficulties their children and families were having because of fully remote learning.
About 60 people attended the virtual meeting to express upon the committee how isolation was affecting their children's mental and physical health. They talked about how difficult it was to motivate frustrated and disengaged students and the emotional toll it was taking on them as well as family relationships
Parents and School Committee members both questioned whether a different metric could be used to determine if it was safe to be in school. Shea pointed out that the town's level code be red but people could still go out to eat and to stores and do other activities.
School Committee member Bethany Demarco said the district is held to state guidelines.
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