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BREAKING: Wausau School Board Approves Final Motion to Reopen Schools

Wausau, Wis. (WAOW) -- The Wausau School Board is moving forward with a final decision to open schools in-person five days a week.

The Board had previously voted unanimously to look into the move back in March.

Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, there will no longer be online learning offered for brick and mortar schools. Instead, families will have the option of enrolling their children in the district's virtual charter school program, WAVE.

No word yet on whether masks or social distancing will still be required, as officials say they are waiting till closer to the time to make those decisions.

Superintendent Keith Hilts says it was important to bring the social aspects of school back this upcoming year.

"I hope that parents and students and staff know, one that we care about them. We know how important those personal interactions are," he said.

Hilts says if the situation with COVID-19 does get worse over time, the possibility of moving back to hybrid or online situations could still be on the table.

He says the hope is that that doesn't happen, and they'll work to finalize more of those plans in the summer.

Natalie Sopyla

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