The return to school for Durand students has been pushed back a second time, a communication from Superintendent Craig McCrumb informed parents on Monday. Students were originally set to return on August 20th. The start date was recently moved back to August 26th to give some more time to adjust the changes this year brings, in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
McCrumb addressed the need to push the start date back even further, saying "We thought the extra time in the move to the 26th would have been sufficient, but I was wrong. We are still very much working with families as they make their selection for online and in-person instruction. We are seeing movement back and forth as parents work through their decision. Additionally, we are spending more time in the technology transitions we are going through, as well as establishing our newly acquired online attendance requirements that mesh with Powerschool and the RESD."
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Durand is not the only district to push its start back. Corunna recently announced it will welcome students on August 24th, after having originally expected to begin on August 20th. Like Durand, Corunna is also offering both an in-person and online learning option for students. Meanwhile, some neighboring districts have decided to begin the 2020-2021 school year exclusively online. Flint Community Schools will be exclusively online through at least September, the district said. Grand Blanc will also begin exclusively online, on September 8th.
McCrumb noted that a new school year calendar will be distributed to parents soon, saying "I apologize for the ongoing adjustments, but in the end it is important that we do things well, even if it means taking a step back in order to do it."
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