Okemos Public Schools, or OPS, drafted a “Safe Return to School Plan” that was presented Oct. 12 to the Board of Education. The board will take action on the plan on Oct. 26.
The school district conducted a survey among parents, guardians and teachers about their comfortability reentering the classroom. Families respond to call for schools to open
According to the survey, only 29% of families would be very comfortable sending their child back to school during Phase four, while 53% of families would be very uncomfortable or uncomfortable sending their child back to school during Phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan Framework.
Nearly 700 children in East Lansing rely on local schools for free or low-cost breakfast, lunch and snacks — but most of those children are now at home with all local schools closed to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.
Linda Vail on Glencairn lead situation. EAST LANSING – The recent discovery of lead in one Glencairn Elementary faucet has the administration taking action to correct the issue. Three letters (1 2 3) over two weeks from Dr. Robyne Thompson, East Lansing Public Schools superintendent, summarized the situation to parents. A parent volunteer made the discovery Jan. 7 and notified administration of a sign, possibly dating back to the late 80s, above the affected faucet that stated, “flush this faucet for five minutes each day before drinking to reduce lead levels to acceptable health limits.”
Four days later, Materials Testing Consultants took samples from the faucet, as well as seven other locations within the school, to be tested.
Red Cedar Elementary, closed in June, is still an issue at East Lansing School Board meetings. The school and its more than 300 students were up for discussions on Sept. 22 and 23. The school was known for several reasons, such as having children from 45 countries and accommodating low-income or disabled students. However, several parents of former Red Cedar students found flaws in the school’s system.
The East Lansing School Board will make a decision November 11 on whether the district will re-align the five elementary and middle school boundaries. Parents of children who attend these schools are concerned the change could affect learning and separate students from friends. Listen to the story.
By Alex Barhorst
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
Kathleen Edsall expressed concerns that the current board members will close Red Cedar Elementary School before she takes office. Edsall and Nate Lake won four-year positions on the board in the November elections. They will join the board on Jan. 1. Both of the election’s victors are in favor of keeping Red Cedar open.
By Jonathan Jarbou
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
On Monday the East Lansing School Board held a special meeting to discuss a possible reconfiguration of the schools current K-8 model. The restructuring, that has already been delayed, is aimed towards the K-8 facilities, and according to a letter issued by Superintendent David Chapin, the optimal configuration of grade levels and the most efficient size of the K-8 schools are vocal points. “I think the board is fully aware that there would be consequences if we didn’t move forward,” School Board Treasurer Babs Krause said at the meeting. “I don’t think there’s anybody on the board that doesn’t understand we need to move forward.”
The letter went on to say the decisions of the board will be based on five fundamental goals which were established last year: strengthen the learning environment for students, reduce long-term general fund expenditures, promote operational efficiency and energy conservation, optimize the use of facilities, and maintain the safety of students. Although the board and Superintendent have the final say in any decision, the TowerPinkster architectural firm was recently hired by the board to provide assistance in the matter. The firm was unanimously selected through a public process.