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PPS Announces Return To School For Some Students

Peoria Public Schools will return to in-person instruction for some students starting next month.

Kindergarten and first grade students will go back to the classrooms on Oct. 5, while self-contained special education students will return on Oct. 12.

District 150 announced the change Wednesday afternoon. On Monday, the board of education recommended accelerating the return after Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat proposed bringing these students back on Oct. 26.

Kherat told the board the COVID-19 positivity rates and case counts for Peoria County are near the benchmark figures recommended for a safe return.

“We have been monitoring the COVID-19 metrics for some time now,” Kherat told WCBU earlier Wednesday. “We’re looking at the trends and it’s trending in the right direction.”

Students will attend classes on an A-B attendance schedule that was part of the district’s original return-to- school plan. As a health and safety precaution, the return process will be phased.

The district said staff will start notifying parents and providing additional information on Thursday. Parents who want their kids to stay with distance learning will have that option.

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