The Grain Valley School Board voted at its September 17th meeting to extend the hybrid model through the end of first quarter. When the hybrid model for grades 6-12 was originally adopted for the start of school it was set for only the month of September.
In a email to parents and community members, the district stated the hybrid model has helped allow for social distancing in middle and high schools while also allowing each student in person days each week.
Early childhood and elementary students are in person full time.
The Board will continue to monitor the hybrid approach and expects to rule on a model for second quarter by early November.
Brad Welle, Deputy Superintendent for School and Community Services, said the school year is off to a smooth start despite the challenges of COVID-19.
“The school year is off to a very good start considering the circumstances. Our teachers and staff are working incredibly hard to provide as much normalcy as possible to our students and our families have been very generous with us as we navigate a different kind of school year, “ Welle said.
As of September 23rd, the confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the district remains at 3.
In other business, the school board approved set the overall tax levy rate at $5.1059 per $100,000 of assessed valuation for property within the school district boundaries. The rate reflects an increase of 10.89 cents compared with a year ago to offset a decrease in assessed valuation of property by $3,136,212 in 2020.