Ames students shift learning models based on COVID-19 metrics

Ames students shifted from fully online to hybrid instruction Monday. That means their school activities and sports can start back up too.Band members had been practicing virtually up until Monday morning. They performed the fight song as students walked in for the first day of in-person instruction.”It was really great to be able to see students enter our buildings again,” said Ames Schools Director of Communications Eric Smidt.Ames students returned to school Sept. 8. They’ve been online because of Story County’s high infection rate. β€œIt’s definitely been a challenge, but safety has to come first,” said one Ames parent, after dropping off her kindergartner at Mitchell Elementary School Monday.Parents say they’re happy to see their kids back in the classroom half the time, with new safety measures in place. That includes required face coverings, sanitizing their hands when entering classrooms and social distancing when possible.β€œI’m really proud of the way … Read More