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Parent’s Playbook: Edwardsburg Public Schools

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 6:31 PM EDT
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EDWARDSBURG, Mich. (WNDU) - In today’s Parent’s Playbook, we sit down with another school leader eager to get things started in Michigan.

Our own Tricia Sloma talked with the superintendent of Edwardsburg Public Schools to see what’s in store for the Eddies for their first day of school on Tuesday.

Tricia: Some Michigan schools got waivers to delay their started the school year but not Edwardsburg. Mr. Jim Knoll, the superintendent of the Edwardsburg Eddies joins me now.

Mr. Knoll: Good morning.

Tricia: Your start date was September 8. It never changed. Tell me why.

Mr. Knoll: Our community didn’t really want to change. We wanted to stay after Labor Day. Of course, we have beautiful lakes and wonderful community that wanted to make sure that we have people available, and to enjoy that last weekend. But in, and on top of that with COVID happening in the spring, we just didn’t think it was a good idea to start early, as we wanted to make sure we had good plans for the school year.

Tricia: And it gives you a chance to kind of look around and learn from other school districts. Have you learned a lot?

Mr. Knoll: You know, Tricia, I really didn’t want to say that, but yes that was that’s been a benefit. It is. Watching other school districts and I don’t want to say struggle, but just figure out what works for them has allowed us to look and see what may work for us. So, right on and that’s part of the idea was starting a little bit later so that we can observe other schools, observe other instructional methods to make sure that we were doing the right thing.

Tricia: Well, what are those methods? What learning options are available to the kids at Edwardsburg?

Mr. Knoll: We will start the school year face to face. So, our teachers will be in the classroom. Our students will be on buses and we’ll come in. Along with that, because there’s a lot of families and parents that are a little concerned about this as they should be. We’re going to do a remote program, and a virtual program. The virtual program is an online program, and we’ve asked families if they’re going to make that choice is to take a whole semester with that. So, virtual face to face, in-between there’s a remote option because we realize that we may have students that get sick, so they can follow along with the classroom remotely.

Tricia: How will you manage your safety protocols in-person that face-to-face instruction? What do you plan to do?

Mr. Knoll: Well, clean, clean, clean and social distance. Those are the two big things that as we looked at the roadmap from the state are the most important things to do. So, we’ve hired on extra people. We’re using services to help us get all that cleaning done. Our teacher union and our bus drivers. Everybody’s pitching in to make sure that things are sanitized. That’s really important. But most importantly, wearing masks where we have to, and whenever we have to and then social distancing, and that’s really tough. You know I have three sons, that are ranging from 20 to 26 and I have to constantly remind them, don’t, don’t bunch up, stay apart and, and school age kids are the same way. We’re social animals. We love to be together and Eddie’s are a big, big family. And it’s hard to keep that family apart.

Tricia: I’ve been to your school. I love that school district. And I’m thinking the best for you as you get started back to school. Stay well okay?

Mr. Knoll: I appreciate it. Thank you.

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