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APS continues with pre-Labor Day start to school year

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While the state of the current school year is still up in the air, Alpena Public Schools is moving forward with the planning process for the 2020-21 academic year.

Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order Monday, delayed the resumption of the current year until April 15 at the earliest. Some believe that date could be pushed further into the future if the number of coronavirus cases continues to escalate at a rapid pace.

In the meantime, the board of education for APS held its monthly meeting this week, via teleconference. And during the meeting the board voted to start the new academic year before the Labor Day holiday. It’s the fourth time in as many years APS will use a state waiver to start the school year before the holiday. It has two years left on that waiver.

The 2020-21 academic school year will start on Monday, August 31.

Superintendent John VanWagoner says the early start works well for APS because it aligns the school district’s calendar with Alpena Community College so there is a seamless transition for students who participate in dual enrollment or early college programs.

A pre-Labor Day start also gives APS more room to fit in a state-required180 days of instruction; and means kids will get out of school a few days earlier in June.

The full 2020-21 school calendar has not yet been set, and will be established as part of union contract negotiations with teachers.