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Lansing schools to return students to classrooms on March 22nd

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The Lansing school district has approved a hybrid learning plan that would have students back in classrooms starting March 22nd.

Under the plan okayed by the school board Thursday, instruction would be screen to screen in the mornings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with the option of in-person learning in the afternoons. Wednesday instruction would be done remotely from home or learning labs while schools are deep cleaned.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Deputy Superintendent Delsa Chapman says classrooms will have transparent, foldable desk shields for each student.

“Classroom furniture, including desks and learning stations, will support learners being six feet apart," said Chapman. "Desks and tables will face the same direction.”

The district is installing air cleaning units in classrooms, at a cost of more than a million dollars.