The Bristol Township School Board has voted to move into a hybrid model. It is one of the last public schools in the Lower Bucks area to offer some form of in-person learning.

The 6-3 board’s decision Monday night approved a plan to break students into “Black” and “Gold” groups. Each group will go into class two days per week, with both groups online on Wednesdays.

This is similar to the plan the board rejected in mid-October.

A survey of parents found two-thirds wanted a hybrid option, while the rest wanted to stay virtual. For those families who want to continue online learning, a remote-only option will be available. 

Some grade levels will start the hybrid plan Monday, Nov. 23. These include Pre-K, Kindergarten, 3rd, 6th, and 9th grades. Other grade levels will go back in a staggered manner each week, with the last wave returning by Dec. 7.

Superintendent Dr. Melanie Gehrens updated the community in a letter Tuesday.

“This decision is aligned with the most recent recommendations (November 11) from the Bucks County Department of Health, which states ‘there is no existing evidence, anywhere, indicating that in-person schooling contributes to spread in the community.'”