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VIDEO: CPS superintendent discusses 3 options for next school year

COLUMBIA, Mo. - KMIZ

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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