Grand Haven Area Public Schools releases plan for fall

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 15:32:05-04

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Grand Haven schools plan to offer both in-person and online options for instruction this fall, the district announced Monday.

The district’s plan will go before the Grand Haven Area Public Schools Board of Education for approval Aug. 10.

“Feedback from staff, students, parents and district committees indicated a strong desire to return to in-person learning,” Superintendent Andrew Ingall said. “But there was still significant demand for remote learning, along with the need to prepare for a potential return to Phase 3, which would require at-home learning.”

In-person learning will only be possible if the state remains in either Phase 4 or 5 of its reopening plan.

Students on the online option will learn through a regional collaborative where teachers use curriculums developed through roadmaps from the University of Michigan for elementary students and Michigan Virtual for secondary students, according to the district.

The district will provide all students with devices whether they choose the in-person or online plan, as well as food support, social-emotional support, special education services and transportation.

Parents should respond to a survey asking them what option their students will participate in by Aug. 10. The first day of school will be Aug. 26.