Hastings Public Schools Will Discontinue E-Learning Next Semester

Nov. 10, 2020, 4:23 p.m. ·

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The Hastings Board of Education has voted to discontinue e-learning next semester, starting Jan. 5. The decision was made because of the low number of COVID-19 cases in the district and the fact that many students were falling behind in their school work while taking classes remotely. Students or families with medical conditions will be exempted from the new guidelines.

Superintendent Jeff Schneider said 12% of Hastings Public School students are learning remotely.

“There was not an easy decision because you can certainly make arguments for and against the e-learning approach," he said. "Obviously, when you have cases going up in our state that's an argument, obviously, to continue it. But we've had very few students have cases.”

Schneider said HPS approximately have 62 confirmed student cases with COVID-19 and have no severe school outbreaks so far. He said the decision to discontinue remote learning was best for the kids.