Colorado governor predicts mix of online, in-person schooling in fall
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (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 Wallace, 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.