EASD Board votes to return K-5 students back into classrooms

Written by on March 24, 2021

EASD Board votes to return K-5 students back into classrooms

By Chloe Nouvelle

March 24, 2021

Photo | Chloe Nouvelle / WLVR

Desks are about to get a lot more use in the Easton Area School District.

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The school board voted to return kindergarten through fifth-grade students back to their classrooms four days a week.

With nearly all Easton teachers who wanted shots now vaccinated against COVID-19, the district is moving forward with plans to reopen K-5 classrooms nearly full-time. 

The Easton Area School Board voted March 23 to approve a plan that returns kids to school every day but Wednesdays. Grades K-2 will start the schedule on April 6, and grades 3-5 will start on April 12. 

When it comes to middle and high school students who want to go back four days a week, that will be limited. The district says, “Preference will be given to those who demonstrate a need to be in-person.”

Some parents spoke out at the virtual meeting, calling for schools to be opened. One told the board that parents are struggling to handle their kids’, and their own, mental health.

Easton isn’t the only district in the Valley making a change. Bethlehem is preparing to return elementary school students to their classrooms four days a week starting on April 13. Southern Lehigh School District also recently returned some students to in-person learning. 

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