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WATCH: Columbia superintendent talks plans amid COVID-19 spike


Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Stiepleman joined ABC 17 News This Morning Monday.

The district's board of education has a meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday. During the meeting, Stiepleman is slated to lead a discussion about the return to in-person classes for middle and high school students.

In a work session on Oct. 22, board members asked Stiepleman to create the recommendations. Middle school students would return Nov. 30 and high school students on Dec. 7.

The discussions come as the 14-day COVID-19 case rate in the district reached 81.3 Sunday and seven schools have returned to online learning temporarily.

Any rate at or above 50 suggests a switch to all virtual learning. However, the district also uses several other metrics to determine its method of learning.

As of Sunday, 134 staff members were on leave due to COVID-19 and 474 students are either in isolation or quarantine.

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Molly Stawinoga

Molly Stawinoga is ABC 17’s weekday morning anchor and a reporter at ABC 17 News. Molly joined the news team in 2017 while studying political science, journalism and Spanish at the University of Missouri. She is originally from DeKalb, Illinois.


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  1. Will this never end? Are we going to continue treating this virus as though it was the end of the species, while all the facts demonstrate it’s no more dangerous than ordinary influenza? Will we continue pretending that the PCR test is usefully accurate, even though Saint Fauci has determined it’s not useful if more than 35 cycles are used, and the current standard is 40? Do you really believe that the increase in cases are all that matter, even though there is no death count increase in parallel? Even though an extraordinary number have no significant symptoms? Even though no virus has ever been contained once it reaches the general population? Even though there has never been a successful vaccine against any corona virus? Do you have two or more brain cells that get along?

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