The Henry County School Board on Thursday approved a hybrid instructional plan, paving the way for students to return to classrooms.
The 5 to 2 majority vote allows students to return to classrooms for two days each week, beginning Oct. 12.
Parents will have the option of selecting the hybrid plan or remaining with the all-virtual plan.
Students participating in the hybrid plan will be divided into two groups, “AA” and “BB,” with each group to attend in-school instruction two days each week. Virtual learning will be used for the remaining three days.
Dr. Merris Stambaugh, vice chairman and of the Collinsville District, made the motion that also requires students to wear a face mask.
Francis Zehr, of the Ridgeway District, seconded the proposal that also was supported by Thomas Auker, chairman and of the Blackberry District; Terri Flanagan, of the Horsepasture District, and Cherie Whitlow, member-at-large.
Two members – Ben Gravely, of the Iriswood District and Teddy Martin II, of the Reed Creek District — voted against the motion.
Additional information about the board’s decision and public input will be posted online and in upcoming print editions of Henry County Enterprise.