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UPDATE: Forest Park will do in-person learning starting Monday

This does comes after the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department recommended two more weeks of virtual learning. Those families and students do have the option to stick to virtual if they want.
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Published: Oct. 8, 2020 at 2:30 PM EDT
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CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. (WLUC) - Back to school and back to sports.

The Forest Park school board of education called a special meeting Thursday night, discussing athletics, and COVID-19. In a close vote, with three board members Bjork, Leonoff, and Gasperich voting no, the motion still passed with four board members saying yes, to in-person education starting Monday. This does comes after the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department recommended two more weeks of virtual learning, and the school sent out an email saying they would do another week of virtual learning, but the board over-ruled. Those families and students do have the option to stick to virtual if they want.

According to superintendent Christy Larson, the district numbers are decreasing. She says by Monday all students except for one and all teachers would be allowed to come back to the building. That one student has tested negative, but still must quarantine.

“I know our numbers here are very low,” she said.

A Forest Park parent Kim Scarlassara spoke during public comment to urge for in-person learning, saying students have done everything the school and state had asked them to do.

“They complied, they have done it willingly, they have worn their masks, they have social distanced,” she said.

Another school parent, Bethany Neely spoke on the opposite side.

“Our kids play in sports, I want them to play, but them traveling to other places is where this is coming from,” she said to the board.

As for sports, the board vote unanimously to allow superintendent Larson to appoint Brian Fabbri as the new varsity football head coach, and Mick Valesano as the varsity football assistant coach for the remainder of the season;they were both already with the program.

All levels of sports can also practice and play now. This will kick off Friday, with the varsity football game at North Dickinson.

The board said they will continue to stay in contact with the district, and health department as this transition happens.

For current updated case numbers in the Forest Park School District, click here.

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