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Homecroft Elementary welcomes kids back for in-person learning

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DULUTH, MN -- Homecroft Elementary students filed in one by one for their first day of in-person learning since March.

"We're pumped," said Elementary School Principal, Tom Cawcutt.

The school is following a hybrid model.
Students are broken up into two groups, A and B.

"Monday, Tuesdays is what's called our A group and then Wednesday is the day of professional development deep cleaning and distance learning and then Thursday, Friday is the B group," said Cawcutt.

School officials spent the past two weeks working with parents and students, helping them get adjusted to the new e-learning digital platforms.
Principal Cawcutt said everyone is taking the new wave of learning day by day.
"I am hearing that teachers are liking things in terms of the abilities to tailor lessons and content to the individual classrooms, but we all know like anything in education or in life there's room for improvement."

Cawcutt adds teachers also use Wednesdays as a day to reevaluate their e-lesson plans and make changes.

"We have content building teams that are working tirelessly with our curriculum department to not only continue to build and continue what we are doing but taking feedback and making sure need are attended to," said Cawcutt.

Though in-person learning is best for safety and the future is up in the air, Cawcutt said they have plans in place for every scenario.

"If we go to full distance learning we are building and we have built the foundation to launch into that if numbers require it and if things improve and go the other way, we are ready to come back in person too," said Cawcutt.

Currently, all of Duluth's elementary students are learning in a hybrid model.

Duluth's middle and high schoolers are learning entirely online.

Families also have the option to opt-out of in-person learning completely.

Lyanne Valdez

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