Grand Rapids Public Schools superintendent Leadriane Roby Monday announced she is recommending that students continue distance learning once the new school year starts. The first nine weeks of the school year would be at home, with students continuing virtual learning this fall semester. The recommendation will be made to the school board, who will make the final decision.
“We have repeatedly said the safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority and will be the top priority in our decision making,” Roby said.
The recommendation stems from a survey that collected 4000 responses from Grand Rapids Public School parents about their thoughts and concerns of returning to school in the fall, and 71% said that distance learning would be the safest.
Recommendation is to start school on Tuesday, August 25 100% virtually for the first 9 weeks with continuous assessment of the plan and preparations to shift to hybrid or 100% in-person.
The district is also establishing a “Family Helpdesk to respond to general questions of all types including technology questions, student passwords, and more.
The district says that high school athletics would continue as planned.