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VIDEO: CPS superintendent discusses 3 options for next school year


Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Peter Stiepleman joined ABC 17's Zara Barker on Monday to talk about how the district is continuing to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stiepleman talked about the three options that CPS has presented for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • A traditional year in the classroom
  • A hybrid of traditional classroom teaching and online teaching
  • Online only

Many questions remain regarding what hybrid and online teaching models will look like.

Stiepleman said a decision should be made on how the district will move forward with the 2020-2021 school year around the end of June to mid-July.

CPS is taking guidance and direction from Boone County/Columbia Health Department which will set regulations on how many people can gather in one place at a time. As of mid-May, no more than 10 people are allowed to gather.

Stiepleman also pushed for a $20 million bond issue on the June 2 ballot. The election was pushed back from April to June in light of concerns surrounding COVID-19.

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Zara Barker

Zara Barker is an anchor and investigative reporter for ABC 17 News. She anchors the Breaking News Desk during the morning newscast and anchors the 9 a.m. broadcast.


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