Kasson-Mantorville recommending in-person classes

Garrett Short
Updated: August 13, 2020 07:00 PM
Created: August 13, 2020 05:13 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Kasson-Mantorville COVID Advisory Council voted Thursday morning in favor of all grade levels resuming classes in-person.

The vote was unanimous except for the Teacher's Union President.


The council meeting focused on how a return to school would look. The plan includes socially distanced lunch periods, limiting the number of students allowed on each bus and the cleaning regimen at schools.

"One of the things what we have decided as a district is we're moving one of our custodians to the daytime so that we can hit those higher used areas for sanitiation, for general cleaning ad we think that is going to help considerably," Superintendent Mark Matuska said.

Protecting the students wasn't the only topic though. The council focused on the importance of protecting the health of teachers and staff. In a survey of 241 staff members, 232 said they plan on fully returning to work. The others are worried about health, something that the school is looking to help with using extra personal protective equipment and other resources.

"Those are the ones that I'm really looking at right now. Because if some of those have some health reasons that we need to accommodate. I want to work with Travis, I want to work with Erin, I want to work with Tammy, I want to work with Dodge County Department of Health so that we can meet those staff members who need those additional accommodations," Matuska said.

The school board will vote on the plan Monday night, and if approved, Kasson-Mantorville would be the first school district in the state to choose to return to school with all in-person classes.

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