Marysville public schools have undertaken a new plan to dismiss students early for three Wednesdays once a month through December.

The plan offers teachers relief from the stress of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Early releases from school will be at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9. Buses will run at that time. Sports practices on those days will start about 1:45 p.m.

Early releases will give administrators an extra 30 minutes with teachers and also give teachers 90 minutes to work and plan for lessons for in-person and remote learning. District officials will assess whether more early release dates will be needed later.

In a letter to parents Wednesday, Superintendent Mike Couch praised district patrons and employees for efforts to make the first nine weeks nearly normal by use of masks, social distancing and attention to cleanliness.

“This accomplishment has been a real strain on our teachers,” Couch wrote. “We appreciate the hard work they have given as they have been busy teaching their students in both remote and in-person settings simultaneously.”

Couch said solutions for parents include:

• Kids U, which will be available at Marysville Elementary School. Students must sign up for the service. Parents and guardians can call Jenny Stade at MES at 785-562-3641 or email jstade@usd364.org.

• Parents with flexibility in their day might look to help out other parents who don’t have supervision available for their children.

• Ask older students to see whether they would watch children and help them get home safely.

• Email Couch at mcouch@usd364.org for potential solutions to link students who may be willing to babysit for parents who need assistance.

• Check with grandparents to see if they would help.