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Columbia elementary students start in-person learning Monday

Columbia Public Schools students start learning in-person on Monday for the first time since March.

Kids in elementary grades are back four days a week. Masks are required. The district will clean buildings on Wednesdays.

The CPS board of education did not approve middle schoolers and high schoolers returning in-person yet because of coronavirus concerns. They will keep learning online-only. Parents planned a sit-in at district buildings on Monday to protest that.

A CPS spokesperson says about 6,000 elementary students will learn in-person. About 2,000 chose online learning the whole semester. At least 170 families are now on a waiting list, wanting to switch from in-person to online. About 100 of them were just added last week.

(This story was last updated at 5:57 a.m. Monday.)

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