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​Parents and students have mixed feelings about school reopening plan

Parents and students have mixed feelings about school reopening plan
Posted at 5:09 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 06:40:28-04

LANSING, Mich. — Parents and students tell FOX 47 their biggest worry is the quality of education after Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her plans Tuesday to reopen classrooms this fall.

The Michigan Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap plan outlines the ways in which Michigan schools may start making plans to re-open for the upcoming school year .

It also requires them to make plans for if it is not safe for schools to re-open and if learning needs to continue online.

Amanda Cook has a son in the Olivet School District.

She says if schools do have to continue online she feels her son will have a hard time learning.

"My son will fall behind," said Cook.

She adds, "I mean, he did not get good grades at all on the homework he did online the last few weeks of school. He needs the in-person help."

The Governor's order does mention special education programs but didn't go into detail.

Jennifer Ruytz says she's worried her son won't be able to get the attention he needs if schools remain online.

"His dad and I both work full time," said Ruytz.

Ruytz also says, "We can't give him the extra speech therapy he needs and he won't sit like he does at school."

Meanwhile, Michelle Beltran says her daughters have adjusted to online learning in the Holt School District and that safety is an active conversation in their home.

Beltran says, "These are crazy times. However, my daughter and I have had discussions. (We discussed) if they have to wear masks back to school, and if she wants to return is that okay with her?"

Wearing masks, however, is not something Junior High student Isabella Beltran is willing to do at school.

"If I had to wear a mask for 8 hours a day or 7 hours a day I would not go back, says Isabella.

She adds, "Because, I can barely do it for like 45 minutes in a store. It's a lot harder to breathe and I just feel like very uncomfortable."

Both the parents and students say they just want more of a clear picture of what will happen with schools in the fall.

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