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Vicksburg school board approves return to learn plan in unanimous vote

Test: Air quality normal at Vicksburg elementary school
Posted at 12:19 PM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 12:24:37-04

VICKSBURG, Mich. — Students in Vicksburg will have a number of options for school this fall.

The district's school board vote 5-0 Thursday morning to approve the plan made by the administration that will offer both in-person and virtual learning.

The plan sparked a demonstration by parents and teachers on Wednesday. Organizers say the plan does not provide enough measures to safely allow students back in the classroom.

Under the plan, elementary students in PreK through 5th grade can attend in-person, go to class virtually, or use recorded lessons at home. 6th to 12th graders have the option of physically attending classes, follow a hybrid schedule with just 1 day of in-person attendance, or learn in a fully virtual setting.

Families are asked to make a decision on those options for their students by August 21.

During the meeting the board also approved the use of the in-person curriculum for remote learning if the school is forced to send students home in the event the region is moved to phase 1, 2 or 3 of the MI Safe Start Plan.

The board also approved spending nearly half a million dollars to install a special ionized filter in the HVAC systems of every building.