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Plainfield District 202 proposal to start year with remote learning fails

The Plainfield School District 202 Board of Education did not pass a proposal for students to return to instruction remotely for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Plainfield School District 202 Board of Education did not pass a proposal for students to return to instruction remotely for the 2020-2021 school year.

The Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 board did not pass a proposal to start next school year with remote learning at a meeting on Monday.

The proposal failed by a 3-3 vote, according to a news release. It would have allowed students to return in person learning for the second quarter of the year if the COVID-19 pandemic conditions improve.

The board of education directed the administration to bring back another proposal, according to the release.

Board member Heather Drake, Vice President Rod Westfall and President Kevin Kirberg voted for the proposal. Board Secretary Dave Koch and members Bob Smith and Mike Robey voted against it.

The board first heard the proposal on July 15 at a special meeting. Community members emailed more than 1,800 comments both for and against the proposal, according to the district.

The proposal incorporated input from over 15,000 parent survey responses, over 1,900 staff survey responses, over 11,000 student survey responses, and meetings and communications with community members.

On Monday, District 202 Superintendent Lane Abrell said he was willing to review the conditions of the pandemic after four weeks so that students could return to in-person instruction sooner than allowed for in the original proposal.

The board's next regular meeting is scheduled for Aug. 17, but Abrell said a special meeting would likely be needed, according to the release.

School is scheduled to start in late August. A special meeting date was not set.

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