As COVID-19 cases rise and the Montgomery County Department of Health as closed all schools to close for two weeks, the Pottstown School Board began plotting a path toward partial re-opening.
It is not a well-marked plan given that the vote to potentially re-open some classes in January is contingent on a number of factors.
Adding to the uncertainty is the fact that after piloting two different hybrid models at Lincoln and Rupert elementary schools, Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez said he could not "in good conscience" recommend either one to the board for adoption.
At Rupert, the district tested doing hybrid classes with some students in class and others online and "I did not like what I saw. The teacher is essentially doing two types of instruction. When we cut our teachers two different ways at elementary level, you cheat one group, then the other," he told the board."There are some serious issues with synchronous learning which I observed this week," Rodriguez told the school board.