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Peoria Public Schools contract officially ends with Peoria Police, adjusts back to school plans

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- Peoria Public schools has decided not to renew its contract with police to provide resource officers at the city's three high schools.

PPS Communications Director Thomas Bruch says the district is grateful to the officers for being in the schools, but the district reimbursed the city for the officers' salaries.

That bill came to more than $200,000 a year.

Bruch emphasized that the move has nothing to do with national movements to defund the police.

Instead, he says it's a decision that has been in the works for more than five years.

PPS has also announced new plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

It's a blended learning model where students will be put on an A-B day schedule.

"A" day students will attend school Monday and Wednesday, and "B" day students will go to class on Tuesday and Thursday.

The newest part of the plan is that students will alternate in-person and virtual learning sessions on Friday.

District Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat is reminding parents that the district will also offer a "virtual only" option for families who don't feel comfortable going back into the classroom yet.

Sheridan Swathwood

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