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School Board Discusses First Month of School During Pandemic; Budget Approved

The West Washington County Unit District School Board discussed the first month back to school during the pandemic at Thursday night’s regular meeting.

After months of preparation, administrators and teachers reported that everything is going as well as could be expected under the circumstances.

“Everyone is doing a great job, both teachers and students,” said Okawville High School principal Keith Senior. “The teachers have really embraced the technology, and students and parents have done a great job with remote learning and staying home when they need to.”

The district’s goal was to provide as much in-person learning as possible while keeping students and teachers safe. Six weeks into the school year, that continues to be the goal.

“I really wanted to get a full year of in-person education this year, and that’s been the focus of everything we’ve been doing,” said Superintendent Scott Fuhrhop.

Though attendance and class work have been as good as could have been expected, Senior said that the pandemic has taken a toll on some students’ mental health.

“We’ve seen some issues where kids were acting out a little bit,” Senior said. “Everything we’ve been doing has been to get the kids into school, but I think now we need to find ways to help with morale.”

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