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Oshkosh’s Merrill Middle School announces Sept. 8 switch to hybrid learning

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Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 12:23 PM CDT
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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - Merrill Middle School in Oshkosh will begin in-person and virtual hybrid learning on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The middle school started the year Thursday with virtual-only learning due to staffing issues caused by COVID-19 exposure and quarantine periods.

Tuesday, Sept. 8 will be an “A Day.” That means Group A students will participate in virtual learning. Group B students will report to school for in-person learning.

CLICK HERE for the group calendar schedule.

“This transition back to Hybrid Learning was expedited as a result of finding creative solutions to staffing challenges for critical positions due to COVID-19 exposure, as well as some quarantine periods ending. This solution was confirmed this morning,” reads a statement released by the district Thursday morning.

Oshkosh North High School was expected to start with all virtual learning Thursday, but transitioned back to the hybrid model when the district found a solution to staffing issues.

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Oshkosh North High School will start the school year with both in-person and online learning Thursday.

Earlier this week, the district announced Oshkosh North would start Thursday with all virtual learning. That has changed.

“This transition back to Hybrid Learning was expedited as a result of the District’s ability to secure alternative coverage for key staff positions impacted by COVID-19 exposure,” reads a statement from the Oshkosh Area School District.

Thursday is an “A” Day, which means Group A students will be virtual and Group B students will report to school for in-person learning. CLICK HERE for the group learning schedule.

“Please understand that the required staff quarantine periods involved in this situation have not been compromised; instead, an alternative solution was developed that allows the school to safely open for in-person learning,” says the district.

The district says they understand that this transition “can be confusing and can cause a variety of emotions.” They ask for patience from students, staff and families.

Merrill Middle School will start Thursday with virtual learning.

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