Brandywine Heights

Brandywine Heights School District

The Brandywine Heights School District has delayed a plan to bring students back into classrooms.

At a school board meeting Monday, the board voted to return to a hybrid model — a mix of in-person and virtual instruction — on Jan. 21.

The district began the school year with a hybrid model, but switched to fully virtual on Nov. 2. In mid-November the board approved a plan to return to a hybrid system on Jan. 11.

Superintendent Andrew Potteiger said Tuesday that the decision to push back that return was made because of the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The recommendation to move to Jan. 21 is to provide an additional 10 days from the post-holiday COVID-19 surge that is being experienced at the state, Berks County and the local level," he said.

Additionally, Potteiger said, the Jan. 21 return will align with the start of the third quarter for the district.

"This will provide families that are electing virtual learning a clean decision point to select virtual programming for the second half of the year," Potteiger said. "Additionally, the second semester is the start of new classes for high school students and a logical transition period."

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