Lansing Reopening Public School Buildings For Coming Academic Year
The Lansing School District plans to return schools to in-person learning this fall.
After a school year taught remotely due to the pandemic, administrators, teachers, parents and students gathered Thursday at the district’s administration building to voice their excitement about returning to classrooms.
School Board President Gabrielle Lawrence says the district is staying nimble to adhere to CDC guidelines. “If you’re asking me for an answer today, it’s that staff and students will be masked while they’re inside, and outside, potentially. Those rules could be relaxed a little bit," Lawrence explains. "And it’s going to depend upon infection rates. As we approach that first day of school, that might change.”
New Superintendent Ben Shuldiner says he’s “ecstatic” that students will return to Lansing classrooms, saying “everybody wants this.”
The district will also offer a remote learning option.
Milo Lucas will be a senior at Lansing Eastern High School. He feels bad for what last year’s seniors missed out on while learning remotely. “Maybe they didn’t get to have a prom or some of their spring sports were canceled. That’s terrible," Lucas says, "but I am glad that things have changed and I get to have a good year this year.”
While schools were closed, Lansing installed new air cleaning units in classrooms, and some buildings got UV germ killing equipment.