LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– The Lansing School District is planning to go 100% virtual when the fall semester begins. That recommendation was made by Superintendent Sam Sinicropi at tonight’s Lansing Board of Education meeting.
All school districts are required to put together plans for fall instruction depending on how well the state is advancing in the fight against COVID-19.
Under Lansing’s plan, the fall semester will begin with screen-to-screen live instruction between teachers and students.
Sinicropi added that this plan is more interactive than it was in the spring.
“The screen to screen option is different than the online education where students were basically on their own this spring in Lansing several different teachers are likely to engage with each student throughout the school day,” said Sinicropi.
Sinicropi says administrators hope to get students back in school for face-to-face instruction by the end of the first marking period, which is in early November.
The school district began a program back in April to provide Chromebook devices and internet connectivity to families that didn’t have them.
The all-virtual plan runs counter to calls from the Trump Administration for schools to resume full classroom instruction in the fall.
“I would tell parents and teachers that you should find yourself a new person or whoever is in charge of that decision because it’s a terrible decision,” said President Trump when asked about moving learning online.
U.S. Education Secretary, Betsy Devos, has also spoke out about wanting schools to reopen in person.
“Getting back to school and getting back to learning, getting back to their peers with their teachers is really imperative and fully operational and fully functioning means that kids can be back there and for families that need their kids in school in person five days a week, that has to be an option,” said Devos.
The Lansing School Board is trying to accommodate for parents who are also teachers.
“There will be certain designated spaces within those schools where those students will be able to come in and log on and continue their learning while their parent or caregiver is executing teaching and learning for other students,” said Deputy Superintendent, Delsa Chapman.
The district plans to finish a “technical needs inventory” by July 27th to make sure all students can participate in online learning.
Lansing’s fall semester is scheduled to begin on August 31st.