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MAPS Interim Superintendent discusses start of school year, covid policies and virtual learning options

The first day of school is September 1 for Marquette Area Public School students
Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 7:49 AM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) -Marquette Area Public Schools continues to discuss its COVID Preparedness and Response Plan.

TV6′s Elizabeth Peterson spoke with MAPS Interim Superintendent Zack Sedgwick Monday morning about his efforts to create an online option for K-5 students.

Final details are still working for the new program, called Edmentum. It will offer 4 core subjects and 2 electives for elementary students. All classes will be taught by Edmentum instructors, not MAPS teachers.

Sedgwick says this option was not yet available when the board approved the COVID plan last week.

“We just could not find a viable option for those elementary students, and it wasn’t sitting well with me,” says Sedgwick. “And although very new to this position, I decided I needed to try and do something. So, I did some research. It appears [Edmentum has] a very viable program.”

Another MAPS board meeting is scheduled for 5:30 tonight. Board members will discuss the COVID plan and the K-5 virtual option further.

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