Thursday, November 19, 2020

Group eyes legal options amid Racine order to stop in-person learning

From Fox6Now:

School choice advocates are eyeing possible legal options following the Racine health officer's announcement that schools will close to all in-person learning through mid-January later this month -- all because of riding COVID-19 cases.

The order came out of a cause for concern following the holidays -- while some private schools say they were never part of the discussion.

Racine Christian School Principal Pete Van Der Puy said the city health department's announcement last week to close schools caught him off guard.

"I believe they're trying to do their job at the health department. I just think that it's probably a little bit of an overreach that's going on at this point," said Van Der Puy. "So we would like the opportunity to continue to meet in person and prove that it can be successful."

Racine Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox's order last week ordered all schools to close to in-person instruction starting Nov. 27 -- and go until Jan. 15, 2021 because of the rising number of coronavirus cases.

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