Is The School Year Going to get Longer?
The answer here is maybe! But, not until next year!
Fox17 reported Michigan students could see additional school days if the state superintendent has his way, but that change would not come until next year.
With an historic level of local control and adds, the superintendent, Dr. Michael Rice, wants to see additional school days added so students can make up for the information they missed. He also said he wants schools to return to in-person learning this winter if they are comfortable.
The state desperately wants to get a handle on this, figure out how to best educate our kids in this space and how to get them back on track as soon as possible.
Rice said at the start of the school year that about three-fourths of all school districts in Michigan offered an in-person option, with only 23% fully remote. By December, it has 50/50.
Without the orders the state issued last year covering school attendance, experts feel that more people would have become infected and more would've died.
At the same time, the downside is that many students haven't learned as much as they should've in the past year, he said. Rice is calling on the legislature to add school days to the next school year. The current number of school days is 180. "But that's just the beginning. There needs to be a layering of additional time," he said.
Many local schools, GRPS, Forest Hills, to name two, have returned to in-classroom learning. Health experts feel that with proper protocols, wearing masks, social distancing, hand washing and sanitizing, the risk of additional spread of COVID19 is minimal.
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