Elementary school students in Manchester will be able to return to in-person learning Nov. 2

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MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH) — The Board of Education in Manchester discussed the potential of in-person learning for some students Wednesday.

They were considering bringing kindergarten through fourth grade students back to the classroom five days a week starting early November.

The challenge is making sure classes are small enough for proper social distancing.

But school officials say it’s possible.

“We have 16 STEM specialists who are all elementary certified teachers. We would reassign them as regular classroom teachers. It would cause us to suspend STEM learning a little bit for the time being. But we could reassign those 16 people. We would need to hire four temporary staff members, teachers and, with that, we’d be able to bring students back to class sizes at 13 and under.”

Comments from parents were read aloud during Wednesday night’s meeting.

They included comments for bringing children back to class.

“Please let our kids go back to school full-time. We need to have our kids back in school because the coronavirus isn’t going anywhere.”

And comments against bringing students back to class.

“Why try and send the kids back to school full-time when flu season is about to start? Why change it now?”

The change will go into effect on Nov. 2. as long as COVID-19 cases don’t spike. School officials say students who choose to stay remote would still be able to learn from home.

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