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School confessional: ‘Wanting it to be safe and it actually being safe are two different things'

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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’m immunocompromised, so my household must stay isolated, which means my kid can’t go back to in-person learning this fall. I’m concerned that school plans are not considering families like mine. People don’t seem to remember that this isn’t just a matter of personal opinion or preference. I work full time and so does my spouse. Spring school was pretty impossible with our second-grader. I would love for it to be safe for her to go to school in September. But wanting it to be safe and it actually being safe are two different things.”

-- Anonymous

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School confessionals: Share your thoughts, concerns about return to in-person learning

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:

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