EagleHerald Staff Writer
MARINETTE—Students in grades 6-12 in the Marinette School District will soon be going back to school in person.
In a letter sent to parents by Superintendent Corry Lambie, he said the district has decided to begin transitioning back to in-person learning starting March 1 four days per week. He said students in grades 6-12 will be coming back to school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with Wednesdays remaining student support days through the third term. This will allow students to engage with their teachers in small groups or individually either in person or online.
“The structure of the four-day, in-person week will be assessed for (the) fourth term and any modifications will be communicated to you with advance notice before any adjustment would occur,” Lambie wrote. “Any students who are currently enrolled in the full-time At-Home Learning Model may choose to remain in the model through the end of the school year.”
Lambie said it is still important for students to understand the importance of continuing the district’s mitigating practices when coming back to school. These practices include the use of face coverings, physical distancing when possible, frequent hand washing, proper cough etiquette and regular cleaning and disinfecting.
“We know that along with this transition, it may bring a wide array of feelings, including excitement, nervousness, unease, happiness, or relief, for both you and your student,” Lambie stated. “We want to assure you that decisions regarding this transition have been made in collaboration with multiple agencies, with the safety of all students and staff as the highest priority.”
Lambie said additional details on returning to school would be coming to parents from their children’s schools. He said those with additional questions may contact the building principals.
In a press release sent on Wednesday afternoon, Lambie reiterated what he wrote to parents in the district.
“We have been closely monitoring our internal data to see if we would see a spike in student or staff cases following our holiday break, but our data has not reflected an increase in case activity,” he said. “We know the best learning opportunity for our students is to have them in-person, in front of our talented staff.”
Lambie said this has been a challenging year for everyone.
“As we have navigated this unique school year, our focus has been, and will continue to be, providing a safe and effective learning environment for our students and staff,” he said.