Muskegon Public Schools to begin fall semester online

Jul 31, 2020

Credit Muskegon Times

Muskegon Public Schools is yet another school district that has opted to start the new school year in the fall online.

One day after Grand Rapids Public Schools superintendent Leadriane Roby announced her recommendation to begin the fall semester virtually, Muskegon Public Schools says its doing the same.

In a letter to parents Tuesday, Superintendent Matthew Cortez said that he was “not confident that students and staff would be in a safe and healthy environment in our buildings right now,” Cortez said.

The district will be implementing two types of learning methods: synchronous and asynchronous. Meaning, the first part of the day will be live instruction from teachers using district provided chromebooks, then switch to pre-recorded lessons in the afternoon.

The move Tuesday follows a number of districts across the state who have decided to start the year online and gradually move back to in-person teaching.

Meanwhile, state House Republicans in Michigan have passed legislation that requires schools to offer kindergarten through fifth grade students the option of learning at school. The bill is currently being considered by the State Senate.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said she does not support the idea.