Thursday, September 3, 2020

Van Buren schools to offer virtual and in-person classes

More than 63 percent of students in the Van Buren Public Schools will return to classes virtually.
Recently, Superintendent of Schools Pete Kudlak explained the safety protocols which will be in place throughout the school buildings during a virtual meeting available on Facebook.
Kudlak cautioned parents that several factors are still uncertain but that teachers are returning to their various school buildings for training sessions to accommodate the virtual learning selected by a majority of families as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. About 28 teachers will be providing remote classes, four at each grade level, Kudlak said. He told parents he expects that class sizes will be from 15-20 students.

Personal protection gear and masks were delivered to the schools last week, he said and shields, including those which encase the face, are expected soon. Plexiglas shields at desks have been installed and touch-free hand sanitizer dispensers have also been ordered.
The district will also use electrostatic sprayers to disinfect each building every night. Disinfectant wipes will also be used, he said. Drinking fountains in the buildings have been covered and bottle filling stations are available.
Arrival and dismissal times will be changed and there are specific arrival and dismissal stairways for students' use.
He added that an additional custodian has been hired and that four teachers have been recalled from layoff to accommodate the new procedures in place.
Kudlak repeatedly cautioned families that procedures would be subject to change going forward in light of the current situation.
To access Kudlak's messages and frequently asked questions, go to Van Buren Public Schools District on Facebook.