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Farmington Public Schools to recommend fully remote start to school year

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Posted at 4:37 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 16:37:09-04

FARMINGTON, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Farmington Public School officials are expected to recommend a fully remote start to the 2020-2021 school year.

The recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education at their school board meeting on August 11.

The fully remote learning model is being called "Learning at a Distance."

“We do not feel that at this time that the science and data support a safe return of all our students and staff for in-person instruction,” stated Superintendent Bob Herrera. “We also took into account all of the feedback that we have been receiving from our families and staff in making our decision.”

School officials believe that in-person instruction at this time would present challenges including; not being able to ensure the safety of staff and students during the public health crisis, inadequate staffing levels and community spread.

“Our world changed practically overnight in March 2020 and our staff stepped up and continued to provide instruction to our students,” added Herrera. “The return to in-person learning will be dependent on when data supports a safe return to in-person instruction and when we have clear and consistent guidelines from our local health department. We know that we will not go from offering remote learning to in-person instruction overnight. We will continue to work on a phased-in approach in anticipation of returning to in-person learning.”

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