The following is a response to our call for people to share thoughts and concerns about Michigan schools returning to in-person learning this fall.
“I really don’t know how the schools will be able to keep our kids safe. In many instances, the teachers can barely keep their classrooms contained. I think it is unfair to the teachers, the students, and their families to assume such broad health risks. Just as we would keep our kids home during a chicken pox or rubella outbreak, we should keep them home now. With the promise of a vaccine on the near horizon, I think it makes more sense to err on the side of caution, and play it safe until we can be more confident that we can proceed safely.”
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Michigan school districts, colleges and universities are working to prepare for a return to in-person classes this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In-person classes were stopped in March when the virus swept through Michigan. On June 30, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer revealed her plan to help schools across the state return to in-person learning this fall. The “MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap” is a 63-page document that outlines coronavirus (COVID-19) safety protocols for each phase of Whitmer’s reopening plan.
The governor’s order requires each school district to adopt a COVID-19 plan that lays out how it will protect students and educators across the various phases of the Michigan Safe Start Plan. Whitmer’s roadmap is to be used as a guide.
This has everyone -- parents, teachers and students -- wondering whether this is a good idea, how well it can be accomplished, how safe everyone can be kept, and what exactly the best to do this will be.
Please share your thoughts and concerns about returning to in-person learning this fall -- we want to hear from you: