KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo Public Schools has decided against bringing students back into the classroom in person for the rest of the school year.

The district announced during its Thursday evening school board meeting that it will remain fully virtual through the end of the academic year, citing an overwhelming preference for that option from teachers and staff.

KPS parents also preferred to stay virtual, though by a narrower margin than faculty. The alternative presented to them would have had students in the classroom two days per week.

The teachers union has approved the plan.

The current school year ends June 11. The district will also be holding large summer readiness camps, which will begin June 28.

A new plan for the 2021-2022 academic year will be developed over the summer.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had set a goal for all districts in the state to at least offer an in-person option by March 1. Most in West Michigan have already done so.