Portage parents protest for online schooling
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.”
The PPS board of trustees is scheduled to meet Wednesday night to vote on the fall education plan.
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