Mid-Prairie set to discuss return-to-learn plans for second time before decision

WELLMAN — The Mid-Prairie school board members asked the school administration to rework their return-to-learn plan for the 2020-21 school year.

During a school board meeting on July 27, Superintendent Mark Schneider presented the administration’s recommendation for the school plan. Approximately 50 people attended the three-hour meeting.

After hearing the plans, school board members voiced concerns about there being no plan to be 100 percent back in-person.

Three plans that were presented included a Home School Assistance Program, a virtual academy and a part-time in-person plan. Similar to other schools with the part-time plan, students would be split into two groups, rotating days they were in-person.

During the discussion, school board members voice concerns about the half in-person plan surrounding metal health condition and social interaction possibilities.

Schneider said the administration is always going to be concerned about mental health needs.

“We’re going to do that whether it’s 100 percent, 50 percent, totally online, the Home School Assistance Program or virtual academy,” Schneider said.

The school administration also recommended face coverings should be required for teachers but only required for students in common areas.

Schneider said administrators are going to ask the board to make the final decision on face coverings.

The special meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday in the gymnasium with an expected large crowd.

Meeting attendees will be expected to follow Washington County Public Health social distancing guidance.

The meeting will be livestreamed by KCTC of Kalona. The livestream url is