A short chat with the Supe
Superintendent Jeff Wright announced Monday afternoon that Newaygo Schools would be closed beginning the following day until reopening Tuesday November November 16th.
We contacted Mr. Wright to ask about the closure.
“We have been short staffed to begin with and substitutes are pretty much unavailable these days. Combined with a number of staff being out for a variety of reasons including illness it left us without the ability to be able to provide what we needed for our students. We really made an effort to try to see if we could have other staff do some multi tasking and take over some of the duties but no matter how we worked it we just did not have the coverage we needed.
“With the elementary closed and 36% of our students in the elementary school, we would not meet the 75% attendance threshold to have the day count as a school day.”
N3-Why not go into virtual learning?
“Connectivity issues prevent us from moving over to virtual learning. Our teachers continue to check in on students that might be needing some help during this time but going virtual on such short notice wasn’t really feasible.”
Superintendent Wright added:
“I want to express appreciation to our parents. We realize this presents a great deal of challenges for them but for the most part they have really stepped up and been very supportive.
"This is an outstanding school district and our parents and families are a huge part of making it so.”
And again, school will resume on Tuesday November 16th.