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Zeeland Public Schools releases reopening plan with in-person, online options

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Posted at 7:55 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 19:55:07-04

ZEELAND, Mich. — Zeeland Public Schools plans to offer both in-person and online learning options this fall, and both options will focus on teaching new material instead of reinforcing what students have already been taught.

While officials say a return to in-person learning is “highly probable,” Michigan must remain in Phase 4 of its reopening plan for ZPS to offer in-person learning. Devices will be provided to all students at the beginning of the school year in case the state falls back to Phase 3.

For families that don’t feel comfortable sending their children to school during the pandemic, ZPS is working on what it calls Z-Connect Online as an alternative option.

Masks will be required for all staff and students grades 6 and up at all times inside a school building, except for when eating and drinking.

They will be required for all staff and students grades PK-12 when on a school bus, in hallways and indoor common areas.

Additional cleaning measures are being put in place, and additional streaming services are being put in place for athletic and performing arts venues, officials said.

Athletics will be determined by the MHSAA, with the next update expected July 24.

Parents will receive information on the two options with an electronic reply form on July 31.

Read the full plan here.