Colorado governor predicts mix of online, in-person schooling in fall

Colorado governor predicts mix of online, in-person schooling in fall
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Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisBiden expresses confidence on climate in renewable energy visit Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees Polis urges FDA to authorize Pfizer booster shots, vaccines for young children MORE (D), who recently announced schools in the state will resume in the fall, said on Sunday that classes would likely be a “hybrid” of in-person and online learning.

“It’s going to be somewhat of a hybrid environment, meaning there may be times during the year that there’s an outbreak at the school where it has to convert to online for a period of weeks,” Polis said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s just not going to look like any other school year.”

Polis also predicted that between 15 and 20 percent of parents would prefer to keep their children home to continue online classes, which he said was “fine” as long as the parents are able to stay at home with their children. The option would also result in less-crowded schools and a lower risk of outbreaks, he said.

“[K]ids can learn as well or better online … you need that social side but academically there are no excuses for every kid to be ready to accomplish their grade-level work,” Polis told host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceBiden vaccine mandate puts McConnell, GOP leaders in a tough spot The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Biden's .5 trillion plan will likely have to shrink Breyer says term limits would 'make life easier for me' MORE, although he acknowledged “not everybody has the luxury of having a two-parent household where one parent can stay home.”

Polis also noted that schools in the state are prepared to shut down again in case of regional outbreaks, noting a district in western Colorado that had previously shut down over a norovirus outbreak.

“Schools are no stranger to this sort of thing. It’s just going to be a bit more prevalent this year,” he said.

The governor also said precautions would be taken to ensure that adults in contact with children are not at risk either.

“[T]his is no question, from an epidemiological standpoint, a less severe fatality rate for kids, but the thing is kids live with patents, kids live with grandparents, kids are around teachers,” he said.