Portage parents protest for online schooling

The group wants the district to hold all classes online for the first part of the school year.

Parents of Portage Public Schools students rallied Tuesday along Westnedge Avenue urging district leaders to go to all-online education for the beginning of the school year. The group also included teachers and other school staff-members.

The district announced its fall plans in June, which provides virtual classes for middle and high school students and allows parents of elementary students to pick in-person or virtual learning.

District employees interviewed by WWMT said they are worried about the potential for both students and teachers to contract COVID-19.

“The number of acceptable deaths is zero,” said Matt Caramagno, a crisis coordinator for the Portage Education Association. “This plan can’t guarantee that. A 100 percent virtual puts us in a much better position.”

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