No virtual classes for Kalamazoo schools

Concerned parents ask school leaders to allow students to go back online during COVID surge.

As the rate of COVID-19 infections continues to climb in Kalamazoo County and beyond, Kalamazoo Public Schools parents are urging the district to go back to online schooling.

But district leaders say it’s too late to switch tracks without costing millions and causing serious disruption.

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Last spring, KPS gave parents the choice of whether to send their kids to school in person come the fall, or to keep them home following a self-paced, online curriculum. The district reported that just 4% of the student population picked the online option.

During a KPS school board meeting Tuesday night, some parents expressed their frustration with the situation.

“Holding parents to a timeline that was randomly chosen and before Delta was even a variant of concern by the [World Health Organization] is just unconscionable,” said parent Robin Reed.

Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri insisted that KPS has gone above and beyond in instituting safety measures to keep students safe from the coronavirus. She also said changing learning models at this point would be difficult.

“I understand the anxiety, but from a district standpoint, we want to make sure that academic learning is seamless,” she said.

[WMUK, MLive]

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