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Lansing Schools Push Back In-Person Learning To April 12

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The Lansing School District’s plan to open some in-person instruction as soon as Monday will now be delayed until April 12th.

The Lansing School District’s “Safe Learning Plan” is being changed because COVID-19 minimum infection rates are too high.

Superintendent Sam Sinicropi says the new start date for classroom teaching comes after the district’s spring break. “We are planning on a pretty robust summer program," Sinicropi explains, "and we want to have kids in so at least they’re used to a little bit of whatever normal will be.”

Sinicropi says the district would need the positivity rate to fall below 6-percent. “We’re close," he concludes. "We met some stuff, but when the case positivity rate went up the way it did, we decided that we would wait until after our spring break. It made more sense than trying to rush people in.”

The plan calls for online instruction during morning hours on weekdays besides Wednesdays, with the option of attending classroom instruction during afternoon hours those days. Wednesdays are for school building deep-cleanings, with virtual classes.

This is the second time the district has delayed in-person instruction in the last week.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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