OSWEGO — The Oswego USD 504 Board of Education heard Monday the district is down to 21 remote learners districtwide.
“So we have very, very few remote learners. We had more at one time, but more and more of them are coming back to the classroom. They are finding the remote is difficult and time consuming and they miss their buddies in school and they miss their teachers,” Superintendent Douglas Beisel said.
“I talked to a couple of other superintendents yesterday who are experiencing something similar. I don’t know if they have the same numbers returning we have, but we have a lot of kids coming back.”
The board did hear that while everyone seems glad to be back in school, stress levels between students and staff are high.
“It’s that way throughout businesses. I think some are just not sure of the unknowns. We’re just doing things different than we’ve ever done before and it’s causing additional stress for everybody. Teachers and staff are doing a great job of working through this, but it’s stressful. A lot of people are just worn out more than ever before. Labor Day weekend was well timed because a lot of people needed it,” Beisel said.
Beisel said he is sure outside the education world people are experiencing the same thing.
“It’s just a different time we are all living through,” he said.
In other business, the board:
— Was introduced to new teachers.
— Received presentations from the transportation and maintenance departments and the technology department.
— Reviewed on-site and remote learning options.
— Approved building site council members.
— Approved the scholarship guidelines of Geneva Elizabeth Canfield Zilliox. The memorial scholarship is $80,000 and will be first issued in the spring of 2021.
— Discussed the district taking action on updating job descriptions and bringing them to the board for approval.
— Approved the Labette Community College agreement for purchase of services for the 2020-21 year.
— Accepted a $500 donation from Labette Health for the athletic department.
— Approved opting out of the employment tax relief.
— Signed the memorandum of understanding for receipt and use of SPARK funds distributed through the county.