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.
“Please don’t put our students and teachers in harm’s way. Wait until there is a vaccine or cure. It’s too soon. The numbers are too high. It’s past time to shut down again. I feel so bad for the Governor, she is trying to save lives and everyone is fighting her. She is a strong woman and I hope she can find the strength and support she needs to shut down Michigan until the numbers go down and we get ahold of this deadly virus. People need to stay home and if they go out wear a mask. That’s not happening with everything open. This won’t stop it will only get worse if we don’t shut down again.”
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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:
- Here’s what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemic
- A look at how Oakland University is preparing campus for fall return amid pandemic
- What the new school year will look like for Detroit public schools
- A look at how Eastern Michigan University is preparing campus for fall return amid pandemic
- Return to School section