Marquette Area Public Schools board discusses COVID-19 plans

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 8:55 AM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education got an update Monday on the district’s plans for returning to school in September.

A video of the virtual meeting can be watched through this YouTube link. Superintendent Bill Saunders gave an update about face-to-face learning, online learning, the impact on enrollment, a board-approved plan and timeline, plus COVID-related purchases.

He said there will be no face-to-face learning without masks. They will be required in the classroom and common areas. Just to start the year off, they will get roughly 40,000 disposable masks, 500 clear masks and 100 face shields.

The school board might, also, invest in UV cleaning machines that cost around $5,000 each and Clorox 360 cleaning machines.

Board members are anticipating up to one-third of the students in the district to choose virtual learning this semester which, as a result, will reduce the average class size and allow social distancing in the classroom.

If the Upper Peninsula moves into Phase 3, all students will switch to virtual learning.

Saunders emphasizes that students must keep up with their classes online.

“So the stakes are going to be much more increased than what they were in the spring,” Saunders said. “You’re going to have to pass your classes or you won’t be on pace for graduation this year.”

The district has until Aug. 15 to submit plans to the state for learning in Phases 3, 4 and 5 of the restart plan.

Click here to read the latest message from Saunders to district families. MAPS is scheduled to resume classes Sept. 8.

Watch your TV6 Early News for a full recap. This story will also be updated with a complete recap.

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