COVID-19

Portage schools announces fall reopening plans

The district has three possible scenarios it will follow depending on what happens next school year.

Portage Public Schools has released plans for restarting school in the fall. It consists of three scenarios the district could follow depending on how widespread coronavirus infections are in August.

The three scenarios are face-to-face learning, all-virtual classes, or a hybrid of the two.

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Face-to-face learning would be similar to school as usual, but with precautions taken to ensure student and staff safety.

The all-virtual model would be similar to how instruction is handled right now, with classes being taught online and via third-party software. The district is developing a new virtual instruction platform that meets state requirements.

The hybrid model would be a blend of the two.

PPS Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Michael Pascoe, said the district will adapt to changing requirements.

“As an example, if we begin in a face-to-face model, and guidance is released for us to reduce the amount of instruction being held at school, we will be prepared to temporarily move to a hybrid or all-virtual model to continue vigorous teaching and learning until we can return to face-to-face instruction,” he said in a video released by the district Wednesday.

“Our vision moving forward is one that puts students, families, and staff safety and well-being first,” he said.

District staff plan to work over the summer to flesh out the plans. Pascoe said they will release more information in early August.

You can read a summary of the district’s plans here.

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