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Kalamazoo parents organize to bring back in-person schooling

Parents unhappy with KPS' decision to stay remote for the rest of the year want to pressure the district to reconsider.

When Kalamazoo Public Schools leaders decided to keep classes online for the rest of the year the district joined a very small club. The February 12 announcement meant that KPS would be one of just five districts in Michigan without plans to reopen classrooms.

Some parents cheered that decision, but others aren’t happy. Opponents of the move say the district made the decision hastily and without considering all opinions.

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A group has popped up on Facebook called “KPS Parents for In-Person Schooling.” A similar group has set up a GoFundMe. The goal in both cases is to pressure KPS officials to resume in-person classes.

Parents also plan to attend Thursday’s virtual Board of Education meeting to voice their displeasure.

A KPS spokesperson said they hadn’t heard of the movement, but said the district made the decision to stay online-only based on science and the opinions of teachers and parents.

Nonetheless, Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri plans to talk more about KPS’ third trimester plans during the board’s Thursday night meeting.

You can read more on WWMT.

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