Chippewa Valley approves return to remote learning

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published November 19, 2020


CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — At the Nov. 16 Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education meeting, a return to remote learning was approved for grades kindergarten through fifth grade, and kindergarten through 12th grade CLP, or creative learning program.

The vote was 5-2 with Treasurer Jill DeMuynck Zech and Trustee Andy Patzert voting no.

Also impacted are Early Childhood Special Education and the Great Start Readiness Program.

The change takes effect Nov. 23. A target date to return to hybrid learning is Jan. 20.

The meeting was held one day after the state announced a three-week closure of high schools for in-person instruction.

“All of our decisions made this year have been difficult,” Superintendent Ron Roberts said. “We’ve had a lot of success with bringing our students back and now we’re faced with this dilemma with the increase in cases in our community.”

Earlier this month, the board approved to delay the start of hybrid instruction, which includes in-person schooling, for secondary students from Nov. 9 to a target return date of Jan. 25.

In October, the board approved a return-to-school plan for grades sixth through 12th.

At that time, Roberts said the seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases in Macomb County was 82. He said that number rose to 560 by Nov. 13.

In Clinton Township this month, he indicated the number of cases was 641, with 735 cases in Macomb Township.