07/23/2020- The options for Marinette students to safely return to instruction this fall have been laid out, but the district is asking parents, staff, and school board members to remain “flexible” as the local COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold. Initial plans to reopen the Marinette School District were presented at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting and Superintendent Corry Lambie says the intent at this time is to bring student back into district facilities, though that’s not a hard and fast decision just yet. Data collected from district parents shows in-person instruction 5 days a week is preferred for students in 4K to grade 5, but that a blended model- combining at-home and in-person learning- could be considered for grades 6 through 12. Lambie says masking will not be required at all times, but there are certain conditions-like when social distancing is not possible- where it will be warranted.
Other considerations, including transportation, social and emotional health, and increased sanitation needs are also being worked into the plan. Lambie says they’re also working through scenarios to contain a potential outbreak of COVID-19 at any of their buildings.
The district also intends to offer an at-home learning model to accommodate parents and students whose health conditions put them at a higher risk of infection or complication, or are seeking to continue at-home learning on a case-by-case basis. A district reopening committee will be working out more details of the plan before it is rolled out to all staff and families in early August.