Elk Point-Jefferson Superintendent Derek Barrios has formed two committees to develop plans for start of the 2020-21 school year.

One committee will look at school starting as planned in August. The second will prepare for a delayed start or extended school closure.

“We want to have the discussion to get ourselves in position for both situations,” Barrios said. “We want to be as prepared as possible with options to get us back to school this fall.”

Barrios, Middle School/High School Principal Skyler Eriksen, K-5 Principal/District SPED Director Laura Throener, Activities Director Justin Clercx and Technology Director Myles Larsen sit on both committees, as well as School Nurse Amy Merkley and counselors Christine McMeekin-Hemmingstad and Jeff Zeller. Board members Sabrina Sayler and Travis Geary and teachers from all three buildings also take part.

Even if classes start on schedule, the district will have to make a number of changes in response to the coronavirus situation. The first committee will develop scenarios of what the school needs to do to adhere to state guidelines. They also want to get a sense of what each student’s day will look like, so students can move safely through the building. The committee members know school won’t look the same as it has in the past. They’re brainstorming to see just where those changes might be.

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