Students return to remote learning

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published November 10, 2020

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GROSSE POINTES — Because of an increase of COVID-19 cases in the Grosse Pointe Public School System and Wayne County having a Level E highest-risk rating, all GPPSS students have returned to remote learning at this time.

On Oct. 12, the Young Fives, kindergarten, and first and second grade students began face-to-face hybrid learning. Third, fourth and fifth grade students began hybrid learning the week of Oct. 19.

Students in sixth through 12th grades were expected to return to school in a hybrid learning model Nov. 9, but that has been put on hold. Hybrid learning combines face-to-face instruction with online learning and reduces the number of students in a building. As of Nov. 9, all students are learning remotely.

On Nov. 6, district administrators distributed two letters to families regarding the change. According to one letter from Superintendent Gary Niehaus, GPPSS had 220 students and 47 staff members in quarantine, and the district continues to have major staffing issues.

“Similar to districts across the state, we simply do not have enough substitutes to cover the vacancies for teachers and staff who are self-quarantining due to COVID-19 exposure,” Niehaus said.

In another letter from several administrators, including Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services Jon Dean, school officials are revising the current remote learning model for all secondary students to begin Nov. 16.

The district’s Secondary Return to Face to Face instruction for grades 6-12 was presented at the Nov. 9 Board of Education meeting. The plan outlines in-person learning for students once it is safe to do so.

The students began the school year in a virtual format with two programs: “GPPSS Traditional” and  “OneGP Virtual.” “OneGP Virtual” students must stay in the program for the entire semester, even when in-person instruction resumes. “GPPSS Traditional” students can return to school when in-person learning continues.

School officials want families to know that weekly meal distributions will continue from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday at North High School, 707 Vernier Road.

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