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Williamston Community Schools Votes To Move To Hybrid & Online

Posted at 9:17 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 22:14:01-04

LANSING, Mich. — In a board meeting Monday night, the Williamston Community Schools Board of Education voted 7-0 to offer their community choice for continued education starting on November 4.

The plan that was voted on will be phased in with bringing the district a Hybrid Learning Plan, with a start date of Wednesday, November 4, 2020 for grades Y5, Kindergarten and 3, a start date of Monday, November 9, 2020 for grades 1, 2, 4, and 5, and a start date to be determined for grades 6-12.

In the meeting many parents spoke to the importance of getting kids back to school while others asked the board to take caution and not moving back too swiftly.

Originally the plan that was being considered called for a start date of October 26. This date was amended at the beginning of the meeting to the dates reflected in the plan that was approved.

Jeff West, a trustee on the Board of Education commented that the plan "meets the requested needs of everyone. The person that wants to be remote or in person. The plan offers choice to families and this is why I support it."

Nancy Deal, Vice President of the Board of Education explained that they also had to take safety into consideration as well stating that "We needed to listen to our administrators to delay our start to November 4 to allow our teachers the time to get things accomplished. We also had to listen to our administrators about the importance of getting our youngest learners back into the classroom as soon as was possible."

The Board of Education also celebrated the life of Lynna Hassenger who was the Director of Food Service for Williamston, Haslett and Okemos and who tragically lost her life last week.

At the same time, all of the Board members said thank you to Kelly Campbell, the Interim Superintendent who was finishing her time as Superintendent as Dr. Adam Spina returns from active duty deployment. Finally, many thanks were given to all of the staff and administrators for all of the hard work and dedication that has been shown in both teaching and in the creating of the plan.

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