Waverly schools will be online only in fall

Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 3:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2020 at 8:12 AM EDT
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DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - Waverly Community Schools announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that it will use a full remote/online learning model to start the new school year.

The plan is scheduled to be in effect from Aug. 31 to Sept. 30 to match the length of the current state government executive order outlining coronavirus mitigation efforts.

“We all want to get our students back to the school buildings, but we know that we need to prioritize the safety of our students and staff first,” the post said. “While COVID-19 has changed our lives, we can and will make the best of it!”

According to the post, all students will receive an “electronic device” and child care option expansions are being investigated.

Some parents aren’t happy with the decision. Bethany Cooper, a grandmother to three students in the school district, says its especially unfair to single-parent families.

“Every kid will be going to school, which means three separate rooms for me to be running through,” Cooper said. “A kindergarten class, a second-grade class, and a fifth-grade class to try to teach and help teach my kids at home. I don’t think anyone has thought this through, especially the district.”

Last semester, Waverly classes became optional when they went online. But in the fall, they are required.

Some teachers are glad the district is starting online. Renee Sarafin is a mother to a Waverly student, but also a teacher. She wants her child back in a classroom soon, but says she’s thankful Waverly is going remote.

“I’m relieved,” she said. “I’m relieved that they took [teacher’s] health seriously. Not just young people, but also the staff.”

“I hear a lot of people talking about young people, which we should be, but people are forgetting about staff and the vulnerabilities of staff,” Sarafin added. “I think were all relieved that they made the decision as early as they did so that we can get prepared.”

“We know that you will probably have many questions, some that we don’t have answers to yet,” the district’s post on Facebook said. “Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and partnership. Please stay well and relaxed during these final weeks of summer.”

To read the full post and for more information, click here.

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