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Safely Back to School: Kentwood Public Schools to begin school year with remote learning before offering in-person option

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 11:30:35-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kentwood Public Schools will begin the academic year Aug. 24 with remote learning for all students for the first two weeks, with an option to switch to in-person learning after Labor Day.

The option to return to in-person learning will only be possible if Kent County remains in Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan.

Those first two weeks will be used to train students and staff on the safety protocols and cleaning procedures that will be in place during in-person learning, the district said Tuesday.

It will also help everyone learn best practices for remote learning as well as provides time for Chromebooks to be delivered to students needing a device in case in-person learning gets shut down again, the district said.

The district said remote learning will be “more robust than what occurred this past spring.”

“We have high expectations at Kentwood Public Schools for ourselves and for our students,” the district said. “Regardless of if students are in the classroom or engaged in remote learning, each child will be graded for the work that is accomplished.”