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WIC ponders re-opening plan

IRON RIVER — On June 30, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap. It just so happened that the same day, the West Iron County School Board held its regular monthly meeting.
    So of course, the roadmap was a prime topic of discussion. Superintendent Chris Thomson began by noting that the school board is required to approve the district’s preparedness plan by Aug. 15. Two days later, the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School Districts must collect all plans within the intermediate district and transmit to the state superintendent of public instruction and to the state treasurer.
    The 2020-21 West Iron County school year begins on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
    In the meantime, the district and its teachers and staff need to develop a plan that aligns with the principles in the 63-page roadmap issued by Whitmer.
    Easier said than done.
    “I’ve already talked to the superintendents in the ISD and we all want a couple of days to read it,” Thomson said at the June 30 meeting. We have already planned a meeting for (Tuesday, July 7) in which we’re all going to get on the same page.”
    The Return to School Roadmap lists categories the school district must address, including such areas as personal protective equipment, hygiene, spacing, mo

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