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LR5 students protest 5 day face-to-face learning

Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 11:20 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A group of students from Lexington-Richland 5 high schools showed up with masks, and signs Monday evening, asking for district leaders to keep their safety in mind as they look at moving back to five day face-to-face learning.

According to the district’s website, all students will be returning to face-to-face learning on February 1st.

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“I never thought it’d be this big political issue, keeping people safe. Keeping people from getting sick, and it became one,” student Haley Dorsey said. Many students at the protest are asking that, at the very least, the district just keeps the four days in-person/one-day virtual schedule they’re currently using.

“This is a brand new virus, and being in school, and seeing kids with their masks below their nose, with it on their chin,” said student Caroline Mack. “Provide a compromise, it’s a very difficult situation, and face-to-face, students just feel like all we can do is email and protest.”

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As students rallied outside, district leaders looked over different learning options during the board meeting. Last month, some parents in the district spoke out, pushing for a return to five day face-to-face learning.

As COVID-19 numbers associated with schools in our state near 8,500 cases, students are hoping district leaders can find a way to preserve their education and keep them safe.

“When you have all the students, you cannot social distance desks, so it’s like a domino effect,” said student Anna Grace Mensch. “One person gets COVID, and then everyone around them has to quarantine.”

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