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Columbia Public Schools set to return to full time in-person learning


Most students in Columbia Public Schools will return to the classroom 5 days a week, on Monday.

The Columbia Board of Education voted unanimously in March to return most students to the classroom five days a week.

CPS noted downward trends in COVID-19 cases and increasing vaccine availability as being factors in the decision to bring students back.

The district's COVID-19 tracker showed as of Sunday, the district reported the lowest seven day case rate since CPS began counting, at 2.9 cases per 10,000 people.

The tracker also reported only five teachers and 13 students in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19.

CPS hasn't reported a positive case since March 24.

The district also reports that over half of its staff, or 53.4% has been vaccinated.

Aurora Meyer, Communications Manager with CPS said the district will continue to observe many of the same COVID-19 rules.

Some of the rules include a no visitors policy, along with continuing to require masks and social distancing while on campus.

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