DIXON – A group of Dixon residents are planning to have a rally Wednesday calling for students to be back in school for five days a week.

The rally is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the School District office, 1335 Franklin Grove Road, prior to the Dixon School Board meeting slated for 6 p.m.

The board approved reopening plans this summer that allowed parents to choose from a blended, on-site learning option or a remote learning option for all grades.

The on-site learning has students in school for two days a week, either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The plan has been to follow the plan for nine weeks and then to re-evaluate the coronavirus conditions.

A few board members were concerned that two days a week wasn't enough time in the classroom for students, especially for those in K-5, and some community members sent in public comments with similar issues.

District officials were worried that they wouldn't be able to follow COVID-19 guidelines if more than half of students chose to come to school 4 days a week, and the teachers union endorsed the two-day blended learning option citing health and safety concerns.

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