Kalamazoo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri announced at the Oct. 22 Board of Education meeting that KPS students will remain learning remotely for the second trimester.
ALSO: Students in Option 2A will receive a survey on Friday, Oct. 23, asking if they would like to remain in 2A or transfer to Option 1. The Smart and Safe Start Plan allowed 2A students to transfer to Option 1 at the end of the first trimester — if the district moved to hybrid instruction.
Although that is not happening, Raichoudhuri said, “We are committed to being flexible to support our students. Even though we are remaining remote, there are some potential opportunities for students to move to Option 1 if there is room in Option 1 classes, as defined by contractual class-size limits. We will prioritize movement for students with special needs and English language learners.”
The final day of school for Trimester 1 is Monday, Nov. 23. There is no school Nov. 24-27 (Thanksgiving break). Trimester 2 begins on Monday, Nov. 30. Depending on the state of the pandemic, the Option 1/three-tiered plan allows for the possibility of students returning to school full-time, five days a week for the third trimester, which begins March 15. Raichoudhuri has pledged to seek stakeholder input about the third trimester — just as she has done throughout the planning process for the 2020-21 school year.