Metro Detroit parents scramble in wake of schools closing for coronavirus

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closes all schools

Michigan parents are scrambling in the wake of the school closure announcement.

DETROIT – The move by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to close all schools in the state took parents and some districts by surprise.

On Friday afternoon, the Detroit Public Schools Community District announced it will keep schools open strictly to feed students. Students can pick up breakfast or lunch from select buildings Monday through Friday. The district will deliver meals to students with medical issues.

The announcement comes as parents scramble to come up with a plan to make sure their children are supervised for the next three weeks. They also want them to continue learning.

Parents are working to turn parts of their homes into temporary classrooms. It’s a major adjustments for families.

Children have chores to do, and now they’ll be learning things that aren’t necessarily taught in the classroom. There are still many unknowns

Colleen Verbs and her husband are both medical professionals who understand why the move is important.

Chelsea Hollenquest is another mother switching up her routine to make it work from home for her son.

You can hear from these parents in Hank Winchester’s full story in the video posted above.

About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Derick is the Lead Digital Editor for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.