Some Lockport students return to class 4 days a week while others cannot
LOCKPORT, NY (WIVB) – Parents of Lockport students say this year has been a struggle for their families. With students learning under the hybrid model going to school two days a week, those we spoke with say it let them play the role of parent and teacher on days their kids are away.
“They like to be in school. They learn best when they are in school and this year they have really gone down. I feel like my kindergarten child comes home on Thursdays and Fridays. unlike when i teach him, i don’t know what he learned, ”said mom Joanna Marble.
But from next week, students in pre-kindergarten through fourth will be allowed to return to class four days a week. District leaders made the announcement at a zoom meeting on Tuesday, saying they had reviewed the CDC’s guidelines before making the decision.
“The students will be delighted to be in the schools and the teachers will welcome them with open arms and a big heart,” said Superintendent Michelle Bradley.
But not everyone is happy. In a protest outside the district office ahead of the meeting, parents demanded that the four-day-a-week program include fifth and sixth grades.
#It’s happening now: Parents in Lockport are holding a rally, calling on the district to bring K-6 students back to the classroom four days a week. District leaders are expected to vote on this issue at their meeting starting in about 10 minutes. pic.twitter.com/vUvcTMWFpM
– Marlee Tuskes (@MarleeTuskesTV) April 27, 2021
“It’s clear that whatever decisions are made, some people are likely to be disappointed, dissatisfied and unhappy,” Bradley said.
Lockport District leaders say they will continue to monitor advice from the CDC and the state’s health department before making any further decisions on the return of the students. But parents in grades five and six say they will continue to fight to get their kids back to school four days a week this year.
Marlee Tuskes is a reporter who has been on the News 4 team since 2019. See more of her work here.