ELPS Return to In-Person Learning Pushed Back; Now Mar. 1 for All Students

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Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail (left; photo by Gary Caldwell) and ELPS Superintendent Dori Leyko (photo by Raymond Holt).

All East Lansing Public School children who planned to return to in-person learning will now do so on Mar. 1.

The previous plan had been to bring elementary school kids back on Feb. 22 and middle and high school students on Mar. 1. But the decision to push back the elementary school children’s return was made because Ingham County Health Department canceled all vaccination appointments on Tuesday, Feb. 16, due to snow, thus delaying second doses for some teachers.

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail told reporters at a press briefing today that all appointments for Tuesday have been rescheduled for today, tomorrow, and Friday.

In an eBlast to families, Superintendent Dori Leyko said that the new dates would not give teachers the seven days needed for the vaccine to be fully effective if school restarted next Monday.

β€œIn order to allow seven days after their second vaccine doses, we are going to postpone the in-person start for preschool and elementary classes by one week,” wrote Leyko.

All levels returning to in-person learning – preschool, elementary, middle, and high school – will have an orientation week beginning Mar. 1. Remote education will continue with current teachers for the week of Feb. 22

Students in special education programs will receive further guidance from their teachers.

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