Brookings looking at hybrid model for school year

BROOKINGS, S.D. (KJJQ) – The Brookings School Board reviewed the draft plan for the return of students to the classroom.

School Superintendent Klint Willert says it’s a phased plan based on the number of cases in the community and in the schools. To accommodate social distancing guidelines, he recommends they start school with a hybrid model.


On days students are not in school, they would be required to do studies on their own. There will also be a total online option for those who cannot or choose not to attend in person.

Willert says their plan includes a requirement for students and staff to wear masks.


The district will provide masks for those who need them.

Willert says this is a draft plan and they welcome public input. He says the safety of students and staff is their top priority.

Classes would begin on Aug. 31.

The board will vote on a final plan on July 30.