By Shereen Siewert

Students in Merrill will head back to the classroom this fall for traditional learning, though a virtual option is available.

Merrill School Board members voted on the reopening plan during a Tuesday night meeting. School officials say they recognize that plans could change, depending on health department recommendations and infection numbers in the area.

Students with underlying health conditions who are unable to attend in-person classes or those with concerns about safety can choose e-learning through Bridges Virtual Academy.

Merrill is the latest district to finalize plans for the fall semester amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Wausau School District on Monday voted to begin the fall semester virtually, while Mosinee schools are moving forward with in-person classes.