GRPS discusses back-to-school safety

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Public Schools officials discussed school safety Monday, a day before classes begin for the 2021-2022 school year.

GRPS Superintendent Leadriane Roby said she realizes that a mask mandate might not be a popular decision, but she says district officials are using data to drive their practices.

“From a very human side, I always want to make the right decision by children, my staff and their families. Of course, as everybody knows, this is not always very popular when you’re making decisions for the whole. We are trying to do the right work and we are also making sure we are using data to inform our practices so it’s not just around the human emotion side,” Roby.

Officials say that school buses will be sanitized in between each group of kids, masks are required and students will have assigned seats on buses.

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