SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - This school year has been anything but normal for schools across the country and right here in Siouxland.
School districts are navigating how to teach in the middle of a pandemic and keep the learning process going.
"This isn't an average year. I don't know that you can compare it to an average year. It just isn't," said Ashley O'Dell, South Sioux City High School Principal.
After being in a hybrid learning system since the start of the school year, South Sioux City High School is planning its return to 100% in-person learning. The first day will be February 1st.
Principal O'Dell said they're excited to be able to bring all of the students back.
"We have evaluated and monitored multiple sources of data, including student attendance, student completion rates of credits and assignments, obviously the number of confirmed positive COVID cases for staff and students, and we feel like right now is an optimal time to start transitioning back to 100% in-person learning," said O'Dell.
Masks are required when in the building. Students wash their hands at least once every hour, and seating will be limited or spaced out when possible. They are all steps the school is taking to make sure students stay safe when they return.
"Conversations have been obviously centered around student safety. We wouldn't do this if we didn't feel like we could maintain a safe environment," said O'Dell.
O'Dell said the students have done a great job of helping them get back to this point.
"They have done an awesome job with masks. They've done an awesome job with the protocols in the building. It's just been a great opportunity to see our kids rise to the challenge and they know that this is bigger than South City High School so, they have done a really good job with everything that we've asked them to do," said O'Dell.
Staff and students are working together to help provide a sense of structure and safety.
O'Dell added, they will continue to monitor the data and make any changes if necessary.
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (KTIV) - All students attending South Sioux City High School are expected to return to full-time in-person learning starting Feb. 1
According to the school's website, students will remain in the classes they are currently scheduled.
The South Sioux City Community School District says the only change is students will now be expected to report for in-person learning every day instead of only two or three days a week.
The district says the high school will no longer continue in the hybrid learning model after January.
More information on the return to in-person learning can be found here.