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.
OKEMOS — After being rated the 10th-best high school in the state of Michigan by U.S. News & World Report in 2015, Okemos High School is striving to continue their high rankings into the current year. The U.S. News & World Report base their yearly rankings off of factors including student-to-teacher ratios, college readiness, and proficiency in mathematics and reading. By earning high numbers across the board, Okemos received the U.S. News & World Report’s “Gold Medal” award, which is given only to the top 500 schools in the country based on highest college readiness. In order to sustain classroom success in the 2015-2016 school year, Okemos High School English teacher Laura Ross said that the school implemented new plans and policies to increase student comprehension and engagement. “We’re working really hard to reach all segments of our student body,” Ross said.
The Okemos School District is on its way to having wireless routers in every useable room in the high school and two new school buses. The Okemos Board of Education committee approved the amenities at its meeting March 24. The committee approved the bid of $115,316.10 submitted by the Center for Business Innovation for 170 internet access devices. Director of Media & Technology Errin Chapman said the addition is simple yet necessary. “The project is simply to add more wireless coverage in the buildings to prepare for the one-to-one personal learning devices that are coming our way next year for the students and staff,” he said.