KAUKAUNA — The Kaukauna Area School District Board of Education on Monday approved a plan to increase the number of days that students in grades 5-12 would attend school in person.

The board, by a unanimous voice vote, approved a motion to move to a four-one hybrid model, meaning students would attend classes in person on four days, with Wednesdays being a late-start virtual learning day.

Students will begin the 4-1 school week on Feb. 22.

Students would still have the option to attend school virtually full time.

The board also agreed to consider at its March 8 meeting a plan to return to five-day in person learning, depending on the latest data on COVID-19 transmission in the schools.

If that proposal is approved, students would return full time on March 15.

Some board members had pushed for a delay of the 4-1 plan to allow for more teachers to become vaccinated, but that plan didn’t make it into the final resolution.

Students in grades 4K-4 have been in five-day-per-week, face-to-face learning since the beginning of the school year.

Grades 5-12 are currently in a split-class blended model, which includes face-to-face instruction for two days per week, and virtual instruction for three days per week.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.