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Kalamazoo Public Schools board to vote on return to learn plan

Classes held virtually until after Thanksgiving under proposal
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Posted at 1:41 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 13:42:10-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Students in Kalamazoo will not return to the classroom until after Thanksgiving, if the school board approves a proposal by administration tomorrow.

Kalamazoo Public School Superintendent Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri presented the plan in early August, calling for different levels of remote learning each trimester, along with offering a completely online option for students.

The district held 7 town halls to answer questions and take community feedback, with the final one scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m.

The school board meets Thursday, August 13, to discuss and vote on the proposal. If approved, parents must decide which option their student will use by Friday, August 14.

Students who will gradually return to the classroom will spend the first trimester at home, learning from Kalamazoo Public School teachers over the internet. When the second trimester begins, KPS plans to a hybrid model with students physically in class twice a week. That would not be until after Thanksgiving.


The plan does not allow for complete in-person learning until March 15 when the final trimester is scheduled to begin. That is dependent on the region being in phase 6 of the MI Safe Start plan.