Saginaw Public Schools will begin school year fully online starting September 8

Published: Aug. 19, 2020 at 10:40 PM EDT
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SAGINAW, Mich. (WJRT) - (08/19/2020) - Plans are changing for another Mid-Michigan school district this school year.

The Saginaw Public School District made an important decision on Wednesday night, and it’s one many Mid-Michigan districts are doing: a recommendation to start fully online beginning September 8th.

The district’s superintendent, Ramont Roberts says this is the best way to guarantee safety for everyone, and the board approved unanimously.

“All of our employees are professionals. They care very deeply about our students and want to come back in the face-to-face format. I know that they do, but at the same time, they want to keep themselves safe. They want to keep their families safe, and they want our students to be safe,” Roberts said.

Roberts says he met with his executive team last Friday and reviewed data points to reach this decision. He made the announcement in a letter on Monday, and reiterated that message during Wednesday’s virtual meeting.

Some of those data points include the number of COVID cases in Saginaw compared to other areas in the county, the fact that more than half of the district’s 5,800 students opted to go virtual anyway, the status of PPE if someone does test positive, and a survey going out to teachers.

He knows students learn better in person and they’re eager to be back in the classroom again, but his advice for students is stay strong and stay resilient.

“Every experience in life is an opportunity to learn and grow, and utilize it for that. Utilize what this has forced you to do. How it has forced you to change and adjust because life is going to through you another challenge. That’s just life, so we have to be prepared for it as best as we can and move forward,” Roberts said.

Roberts says the plan is fluid with things changing every day. He says they’ll be evaluating and making adjustments every four weeks.

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