Parents react to Kasson-Mantorville school announcement

Created: August 13, 2020 11:08 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Kasson-Mantorville school district, has more than 2,000 students that will be affected by the recommendation for all in-person learning when school starts in the fall.

The district and school advisory board members say they think it's the right decision, but know that it will be a controversial one.


Many parents said they're okay with the recommendation.

"I'm looking forward to sending them back to school. I feel that our school is taking the appropriate steps to bring them back safe and they need to be back,” said Leigh Wegner. 

Leigh said part of the reason she's looking forward to in-person learning is because of what a struggle distance learning was. 

"I have a third and fifth-grader and it was tough to balance the school time and working from home on top of that was challenging, it was not enjoyable for anyone,” Wegner said. “They'll even say they didn't learn anything from the distance learning part of it."

Leigh’s mom, Patti said having her grandkids go back to school is important for their social life, "I'm willing to take the risk. I think it's important that they have their routine."

Another parent said while he believes in-person learning is important, he's still worried. 

"Of course, there's going to be concerned for anybody,” said Nick Firtsche. “I think that's paying attention to the national media but you also have to pay attention to the facts and the facts are stating that children really are not at risk for this virus and there are many reasons why we shouldn't be scared."

Another reason some parents said they supported their kids being back in the classroom was because they work full time and weren't able to dedicate the time they felt was needed for distance learning. 

"We can do the best we can but in the end, we're missing some gaps that a teacher with experience dealing with kids and curriculum is going to catch and keep them up on par much more than we're going to be able to,” said Steven Bashyski.

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