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Peoria Public Schools will return to in-person instruction for some students starting next month.

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Three weeks into the new school year and just over a month after deciding in favor of fully virtual instruction amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Peoria Public Schools have started to consider bringing some students back to the classroom.

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Two years ago, Peoria Public Schools renamed Woodrow Wilson Primary School to Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary School. Now, District 150 Board of Education Vice President Gregory Wilson has asked his fellow board members to support name changes for facilities currently honoring Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Benjamin Harrison, Calvin Coolidge and Charles Lindbergh.

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Ten years after it closed, the crumbling old Harrison School still stands at 2702 W. Krause Ave. on Peoria's South Side. It wasn't supposed to be this way.

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The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education will consider a budget for 2020-21 showing a $4.5 million operating loss and a total gap between total revenue and expenditures of $19.75 million.

Peoria Public Schools have pushed the start of classes back three days to Monday, Aug. 24.

The school year was originally scheduled to begin next Wednesday. The delay announced Wednesday night comes two days after the decision by the Board of Education to switch to full online instruction for the entire first semester.

In an email announcing the move, the district said the schedule adjustment will provide more preparation time for the virtual learning format.

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Following a lengthy presentation on Peoria Public Schools’ hybrid return-to-school plans, the District 150 Board of Education Monday night pivoted to opening the academic year with full virtual instruction just nine days before the scheduled start.

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Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat said the district has valiantly responded to the COVID-19 health crisis with an approach to reopening this fall that shows a continued commitment to students.

The Peoria Public Schools board spent more than two hours Wednesday night discussing refinements to its fall Return to School plan.

Peoria Public Schools continues to adapt to the new reality of distance learning.

Peoria Public Schools is working hard to keep students engaged during distance learning.

It appears an East Bluff middle school teacher will get a second chance. 

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Peoria Public Schools has a plan in place if a local coronavirus outbreak forces schools to shut down.

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Peoria Public Schools Board President Dan Adler said the district should offer financial incentives to attract more experienced teachers to work in schools south of War Memorial Drive.

Peoria Public Schools Board of Education President Dan Adler is declining to run for another term.

Adler has served on the board since July 2015. 

Adler said he's confident in Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat's leadership of the district. He said he feels it's time to step down and pass on the torch to new leadership so he can spend more time with his family.

He works as an engineer at Caterpillar.

Adler represents District 3 on the school board. Anyone looking to fill the seat must submit their nominating petitions between Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.