Kalamazoo schools to be online-only until next year

The district planned to return students to the classroom part-time in November. After parent input and a review of COVID data, they decided not to.

Kalamazoo Public Schools students will continue to take classes online through at least March 15. That comes after a Thursday evening announcement by Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri that they won’t return to the classroom in November.

“The results of [our decision-making] formula indicated that in all categories, the recommendation was to stay in remote learning for the health and safety of our staff and students,” said Raichoudhuri.

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Under the district’s original plan, students were to attend classes online for the first trimester, but transition to a hybrid model during the second trimester. The hybrid model would have had students attending classes in small groups two days per week.

“I know this will not please all families and that learning at home can be very difficult,” said Raichoudhuri. The district has set up learning hubs to help students who have difficulty learning from home.

Other area school districts have or are currently considering returning to in-person classes. Portage Public Schools is weighing feedback from parents and teachers about their return-to-school plans. On Monday, Grand Rapids Public Schools decided to extend its virtual learning plans.

You can read the full announcement here.

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