USD 417 Morris County Superintendent pleased with start of 2021 spring semester Featured

USD 417 Morris County Superintendent pleased with start of 2021 spring semester USD 417 Courtesy Image

So far area school districts are reporting a good start to the spring semester.

During KVOE's Morning Show Tuesday USD 417 Morris County Superintendent Aaron Dody expressed pride in students, staff and families for their ability and willingness to "prepare for the unknown." Dody says he wouldn't go so far as to say the resumption of classes has been "seamless," however, he feels solid preparations over the past several months have helped the process along.

He says the district did go to remote only learning at the junior and senior high levels to close out the fall semester due to concerns regarding holiday travel and staff strain. He says staff concerns, like many other districts, became very apparent toward the end of the semester due mainly to illness or quarantines.

He says in order for a school district to run they need an abundance of essential staff on hand and in a learning environment all staff are essential.


Dody says at the start of the year they had roughly 100 students utilizing remote learning. He says recently that number has been trending downward with no increases reported as of yet.

Dody says the district is also very excited with the recent rollouts of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and they have polled staff for who would be interested in receiving a vaccine once it is available. He says he is hopeful it will arrive "sooner rather than later."

KVOE will continue to check in with area school districts on a regular basis as the academic year continues to unfold.  

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