Skip to Content

Peoria Public School students return to in-person learning next month, with shortened days

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00

PEORIA (HOI) - Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat said during Monday's school board meeting that their plan is to have all grade levels back in the classroom five days a week on March 1st.

District 150 has been on a modified A+B schedule for most of the school year, and remote for parts.

Students who have elected all-remote learning will remain at home unless they choose to come back.

Dr. Kherat said they are in a good position with testing and vaccinations. The positivity rate since January 19 is 0.67% district wide.

The plan is to have a 5.5 hour school day from 7:00 to 1:30. The shortened day is due to struggles to get transportation for all students. "So we're not able to get everything we want because of some limitations but I still think it's a big win for our students that they are getting the five days," explained Kherat.

She added that due to COVID, they are short about 26 bus drivers. And they've had trouble hiring due to the DMV closures. "In addition to being a manpower issue it's also an issue of logistics and scheduling," explained transportation director Joshua Collins.

The school board also approved an agreement to get students more one-on-one tutoring. But the measure didn't get passed unanimously.

"It's our job to not only look out for the benefit of our students and families, but also look out for the return on investment we get for tax payer money," said board member Chase Klaus who voted against the tutoring package.

Sylvan Learning Center will be paid $29,250 for 30 hours of intervention at the cost of $975 per student. This includes reading or math interventions for up to 8 students per instructor.

Additionally, Varsity Tutors will be scheduling one-on-one tutoring for students K-12. The district agreed to purchase 5,000 hours of tutoring support at a cost of $175,000. It's unclear how long the district expects these contracts to last.

CARES Act funds will be used to cover these expenses by the district.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

Skip to content