Kalamazoo Public Schools sticks with all-remote learning for second trimester

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Posted at 10:24 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 22:24:42-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo Public Schools will remain virtual for the second trimester, Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri said during Thursday’s Board of Education meeting.

The district’s reopening plan provides three options for families: a three-tiered model with phased re-entry into hybrid learning and two year-long virtual models.

About 80% of students are enrolled in the first model, according to the superintendent.

That option calls for students to begin the year fully remote and, if deemed safe enough to do so, in-person instruction would’ve started for the second trimester on Nov. 30 using a hybrid model where students would attend on different days of the week.

“To ensure that we were methodical about our decision around transitioning to Trimester 2, we created a weighted formula that prioritized safety above all else,” Raichoudhuri said. “We surveyed parents and employees and reviewed research and health department data. The results of the formula indicated that in all categories, the recommendation was to stay in remote learning for the health and safety of our staff and students.”