COVID-19

Portage schools move to all-online instruction

The district had been holding elementary classes in-person and online. Beginning Wednesday, they will join their middle and high school classmates in virtual classrooms.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge in Kalamazoo County, Portage Public Schools has announced it will move all classes online beginning Wednesday, November 18.

Middle and high school students have already been attending classes entirely online – an approach the board of education had recently decided to continue. Elementary students were being taught using a hybrid approach, with some students attending in person while others watched from home.

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In a letter to families, Superintendent Mark Bielang said elementary students will transition to virtual learning on Wednesday. That decision comes one day after the governor announced new COVID-19 orders that will suspend in-person classes for high school and college students for three weeks.

“We feel it is imperative that we fully participate in the three-week pause outlined by the [Michigan health department] order to do our part to lower COVID rates across the board,” he said. “Our ultimate goal is to give all of our students the best possible chance to be able to safely return to in-person learning second semester.”

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