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Concerned students may have online option

ALPENA, Mich.– Alpena students return to school next month, but some may still attend online.

The board of education voted during its Tuesday meeting to resume in–person instruction at the middle and high schools starting April 5.

Students physically attend classes four days a week, with Wednesday used for cleaning the buildings.

However, Superintendent David Rabbideau said students may have options if they have concerns or anxiety about face–to–face learning.

“Our online students who selected [to be] online: they will remain online. And then any students who have been nervous and have been in our hybrid model… [for them] we’re entertaining options available for them. Certainly we do have the capability to provide remote education.”

Rabbideau said he and the board based their decision on statistics they gathered from students and parents.

He said many students feel they perform better in–person, and the board agrees.

Rabbideau added parents should be on the lookout for updates over the next few weeks.