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The Windsor C-1 School District will delay expanding in-class instruction from two days a week to four days a week for students in grades six through 12.

Those students were scheduled to have two extra days of in-person classes a week beginning Nov. 30, but the Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday (Nov. 18) to hold off on increasing the number of days in classrooms for the district’s older students because of surging COVID-19 cases in the county.

When the school year started in August, about 80 percent of the students were enrolled in the district’s hybrid program, with about half of those students attending classes on Mondays and Tuesdays and the other half attending on Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays, students learn online from home, and the schools are sanitized.

The other approximately 20 percent of the students learn entirely online from home.

Since the change to four days a week for the older students has been put on hold, the ones enrolled in the hybrid program will continue attending in-person classes two days a week and learning online from home the other three days.

The change from two days a week to four days a week of in-class instruction for students in kindergarten through fifth grade enrolled in the hybrid program was made Oct. 26, and the younger students will continue attending classes at school four days a week and learning virtually from home the other day.

“It’s basically keeping the status quo,” board member Dan Shaul said.

“We’re pushing (the schedule switch for the middle school and high school students) back until further notice,” Superintendent Joel Holland said.

He said the reason for the different schedules for the two age groups has to do with space needed for adequate social distancing.

“From a class-size standpoint, social distancing is able to take place in the lower grades,” Holland said. “At the middle school and the high school, it would be compromised in some instances.”

Holland also said the change was delayed because it’s been difficult to find substitute teachers.

“We had 25 teachers out (districtwide) the other day, with many quarantines and some positive tests. We made it work, but we didn’t have 25 for 25. Principals redid schedules. There was a lot of juggling.”