YPSILANTI – Some students at Ypsilanti community schools will be returning to class next month, while students who have taken distance education all year round may start taking in-person classes in early February.
In a letter to families in the district on Monday, December 28, Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross said all students who started the year with in-person learning will return to class on January 25, 2021. All students will continue to receive a Distance Learning. after returning from winter vacation on January 4.
The district has offered in-person classes to approximately 300 of its 3,800 students since the start of the school year, while providing additional options for distance education until all students can safely return and a fully virtual option for the entire school year. .
Many of the remaining distance learning students could begin to gradually return to the classroom on February 8, 2021, Zachery-Ross said of the “tentative” date, while virtual learning students will stay in that format for the rest. of the year.
“We recognize that every time we make a decision, it has a special impact on your family,” said Zachery-Ross. “We have worked hard to make sure we are thoughtful while always thinking about safety first and then the educational needs of our students.”
Zachery-Ross said the administration and union leadership reviewed data from the Washtenaw County Health Department and its own quarantined staff when presenting the plans, in addition to guidance from the CDC.
Additional information regarding the return to class will be provided at the Education Council’s Jan. 11 meeting, Zachery-Ross said, in addition to the district’s weekly memos leading up to the gradual return.
YCS offers in-person classes since the start of the academic year for students who are academically behind, food insecure, or if they are students with individualized education plans who do not have predetermined health issues that put them at risk of contracting the COVID-19.
For these students, face-to-face instruction was offered four days per week in grades K-5, while grades 6-12 received two days of face-to-face instruction per week.
The district had previously moved all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students to distance learning in light of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement of COVID-19 restrictions which included a three-week ban on in-person learning in high schools. Later extended distance learning for all students due to staff shortages due to quarantine warrants, as well as an increase in local cases of COVID-19.