Roseville Community Schools allowed students to return to in-person learning Jan. 19.

Roseville Community Schools allowed students to return to in-person learning Jan. 19.

Photo by Brendan Losinski


Eastpointe and Roseville school districts see partial return to in-person classes

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 22, 2021

 Eastpointe Community Schools instituted a voluntary return to in-person classes Jan. 11.

Eastpointe Community Schools instituted a voluntary return to in-person classes Jan. 11.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — With COVID-19 continuing to ravage the country but hope on the horizon in light of vaccines that have been recently developed, schools still find themselves on the frontlines of discussions about when and how to return to normal.

Like most school districts, Eastpointe Community Schools and Roseville Community Schools are both weighing the pros and cons of returning to in-person learning and under what circumstances. Both recently returned at least partially to in-person classes after several weeks of mandated at-home learning.

“We are continuing to offer both remote and face-to-face learning options for our Eastpointe families. Students who were attending face-to-face prior to November’s ‘pause’ returned to in-person instruction on January 11,” Eastpointe Community Schools spokesperson Caitlyn Kienitz explained in an email. “Face-to-face students attend daily in the mornings with remote learning in the afternoon, and we recently received a large shipment of additional devices that has enabled us to provide a device to our hybrid students in grades 6-12 for the second semester. Many families have chosen to continue fully remote learning for the rest of the school year.”

She added that health and safety precautions are still in place and will be for the foreseeable future.

“We are continuing to follow the health and safety procedures that we put in place prior to the start of school in September, including requiring masks for all staff and students, additional sanitization processes in all school buildings and busses, and increased social distancing measures,” Kienitz said. “In addition, we are asking parents and students to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and keep their children home if they’re sick. We have more detailed information about our safety protocols on our website here: https://www.eastpointeschools.org/coronavirus/safety-protocols.”

Kienitz said school districts across the state are paying close attention to updates regarding safety protocols and what is and isn’t allowed by law as the virus continues.

“As always, we will continue to follow the guidance of state and local health departments to make adjustments as necessary,” she said.

Roseville Community Schools found itself in a similar situation, said Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski.

“Our students who chose in-person learning returned on Jan. 19,” he explained. “We began with a transition week, and starting the week of (Jan. 25), all face-to-face students will attend every day. We are ahead of the state schedule to return to school.”

His district also has all of its safety protocols in place.

“We have many safety protocols in place that include mandatory face masks, additional staff for daytime cleaning and hand sanitizers in every classroom to name a few,” Blaszkowski said. “It is essential that our families help us by checking their child’s health prior to school and, if they have any symptoms, to keep them at home. If they are sick, we have a system that allows them to attend the class virtually until they are well.”

He said this hybrid system seems to be the best method of educating students at this point in time since it allows families to learn from home if they are more comfortable with that and to better allow students who are sick or may be sick to continue their learning from home if it becomes necessary.

“Our system combines virtual and face-to-face students in one class,” Blaszkowski said. “The virtual students tune into the regular class that is conducted face to face,” he said. “We currently have about 50% of our students attending face to face, which has increased since the beginning of the year.”

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