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Parents of 80 Carroll students opt for online learning

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About 5 percent of Carroll Community School District students will learn from home this fall, according to Superintendent Casey Berlau.

The parents of 80 students have requested online learning, which is an option this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The rest of the students are expected to start in-person classes on Aug. 25.

Those students who will learn from home include:

— 38 elementary students

— 25 middle school students

— 17 high school students

The deadline to request online learning was Friday. The district plans to use virtual curriculum created by Edgenuity for the online schooling. Parents who chose that option have committed to it for the entire fall semester.

Berlau discussed online learning at a school board meeting tonight along with safety measures the district might implement for fall student activities.

Earlier this month in a sometimes contentious meeting, the school board voted 3-2 to "strongly recommend" students wear face coverings at school rather than outright require them.

Berlau said it's unclear yet what health precautions will be implemented at activity practices and events. He specifically mentioned a possible mask requirement for choir and band.

Meantime, sports practices are already underway.

"If you go to see our practices, you'll see coaches wearing face coverings," Berlau said.

Carroll and other members of the Raccoon River Conference are attempting to closely align their health requirements at exhibitions, Berlau said. They have been discussing attendance limits, face coverings and others.

Some districts plan to limit attendance by supplying a small number of tickets to each student participant.

"This might be the year that grandparents really need to take advantage of TigerVision," Berlau said in reference to the district's student-operated broadcasts of events.

Older Iowans are more likely to suffer complications or die from the coronavirus. More than half of Iowa's nearly 1,000 deaths are associated with outbreaks at long-term care facilities for older residents.

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For the life of me (and all of you, for that matter), I can't get on board the "mask if you want to" mentality. It's easy, simple, user friendly, and SOOO respectful. We can do this, but you have to want to!

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