Oxford High students to resume classes Monday, share middle school

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Oxford —  Oxford High School students will begin a gradual return to classes next week at a different building before returning for classes at the high school on the week of Jan. 24, Superintendent Tim Throne said Wednesday.

Ahead of a Wednesday night telephone town hall with Oxford High School parents, Throne released a "tentative" plan to resume class Jan. 10 while the high school building continues to be repaired. The resumption will come nearly two months after the Nov. 30 mass shooting that killed four students and wounded a teacher and six students.

"We know it is imperative to get our high school students and staff back together as soon as possible," Throne wrote.

For two weeks, Jan. 10 through Jan. 21, Oxford High, Oxford Middle School and Bridges, its alternative high school, will be on "alternative hybrid schedules" at the middle school building, the superintendent wrote in a letter posted on the district's website. 

Oxford High School students will return to classes on Monday, Jan. 10, on a two-week hybrid schedule where they will share the building with middle school students and pupils of the alternative high school.

"We hope this slow transition together at OMS will help in the healing process and ease our high school students back in a familiar academic setting," Throne wrote.

Oxford High School's renovations are expected to be done the week of Jan. 17.

On Jan. 10, athletic practices will return to the high school.

"Please know all other areas of the high school will remain inaccessible while it is open for practices," Throne wrote. 

On Jan. 24, the athletic campus will reopen to competition. 

The high school's hybrid return will affect elementary-school morning orchestra programs from Jan. 10 to 21. Due to "facility constraints," Tuesday and Thursday morning meetings are canceled.

At the town hall meeting, one student asked how trust would be rebuilt between the district and the community.

"We really will be focused on rebuilding trust with students, said Jill Lemond, assistant superintendent of student services. "That is very important for you to feel like you have adults around you that you can trust all day."

"It is imperative for us to move forward," Lemond added.

Another town hall meeting is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday.

The high school has been closed since the incident in which Hana St. Juliana, 14; Tate Myre, 16; Madisyn Baldwin, 17; and Justin Shilling, 17, were killed.

Student Ethan Crumbley, 15, faces murder and terrorism charges in the slayings. His parents, James and Jennifer, each face four charges of involuntary manslaughter.

All three Crumbleys are due in court Friday at 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills.

Ethan Crumbley will appear before Judge Nancy Carniak for a probable cause conference.

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The parents will appear before Judge Julie Nicholson for a bond hearing where the defense attorneys are seeking a reduced bond.

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While Ethan Crumbley has been denied bond, his parents were given $500,000 bonds. Defense attorneys Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman seek a revision down to $100,000 each.