Local education leaders ready for full return to in-person learning in the fall

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PEORIA (WEEK) — The Illinois Board of Education voted Wednesday all students will return to in-person learning when school starts back up in the fall.

Now, the state says the only time kids can learn from home will be if they are in quarantine or if they are too young to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Peoria County Regional Superintendent Beth Crider says parents will have to be able to plan for these changes.

“Getting back to school face-to-face is a key piece of this,” Crider said. “So parents know, so that it’s predictable, and they can set their schedules – before and after school, babysitting if it is needed. We just need that consistency to start to build out those other components.”

Crider adds local districts still have detailed contingency plans in place.

“We have learned through COVID – especially last summer – that we have to be ready to change and be flexible … They know who they need to pull together on their teams to get things done, and they will be ready,” Crider said.

Crider says one factor still in question is vaccinations for kids under 12 years old – she says plans could change depending on if the Food and Drug Administration approves the Pfizer vaccine for even younger audiences.

A spokesperson for McLean County Unit Five told 25 News they were already planning a “normal” return for students, even before the state’s announcement.

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