As anticipated the Dubuque school board on Monday gave its’ stamp of approval to a “return to learn” plan for the start of the new school year. The plan, which was recommended by Superintendent Stan Rheingans, calls for a hybrid model of education. It’s a combination on in-person and online learning. Parents also have the option of letting their kids learn entirely online, because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. A number of speakers, including several teachers who have students in the district, either expressed support for hybrid learning, but several others who spoke were against it saying that the district should have 100 percent in-person learning. One of those was Tony White of Dubuque. Tracy Demerath, a teacher in the district, applauded the board for making a very tough decision in these unprecedented times. Superintendent Rheingans says the plan is only for the beginning of the school year and will be evaluated on a regular basis. He says changes will be made when deemed necessary. Board member Anderson Sainci says the board only wants what’s best for students, teachers and staff. Nearly a dozen people spoke on the plan. Some were concerned about how special needs kids will learn through the hybrid model process, while others supported fully online learning.