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WATCH: Columbia superintendent gives update on hybrid learning


Columbia Public Schools students finished their first full week in hybrid learning Monday.

CPS Superintendent Dr. Peter Stiepleman joined ABC 17 News This Morning to talk about how the return has been going.

When the district started hybrid learning on Jan. 19, 70 CPS staff members were on leave for reasons related to COVID-19. As of Monday night, that number was down to 48.

Meanwhile, 307 CPS students are currently out due to COVID-19. Forty-five of them tested positive for the virus.

The 14-day rate per 10,000 people in the district has steadily decreased since students started hybrid learning. It went from 74.9 on Jan. 19 to 64.1 Monday night.

Still, this rate is more than 14 greater than the number that indicates a safe level of community spread of the virus for hybrid learning.

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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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