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District 51 in-person learning returns for the spring semester

District 51 in-person learning returns for the spring semester
District 51 in-person learning returns for the spring semester(Yzabelah Roberts)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 7:05 PM MST
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MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -

“I’m really excited, he needs to be back in school,” says Cristin Linberg a School District 51 parent.

It’s been a long awaited gift for Lindberg and her 6th grader because “he’s been out by himself actually, at home because I’m a working single mom,” says Lindberg.

School District 51 announced that students and staff will be allowed to return to in-person learning on Wednesday.

“So he’s been at home doing his school work on his own, so it’s been hard,” explains Lindberg.

Palisade High School Principal, Dan Bollinger says several things make in-person learning important like reading facial expressions and receiving immediate feedback.

“I think the learning through online as well as we did isn’t the same as what you can provide in person,” says Bollinger.

Bollinger also understands the reality of COVID-19 safety measures, “you know, we’ve got the one-way halls, wearing masks of course—socially distancing when we can which is very—it’s not real good at a high school.”

Palisade High School is unique with one new safety measure—an outdoor learning space of canopies and heaters provided by a grant from the Town of Palisade.

“So I’m really excited and hopeful that we get to see kids back in school where we need them,” says Bollinger.

Anyone enrolled online last semester will continue online learning unless they made the change themselves.

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