School confessional: ‘If going remote prevents even one death, then it is entirely worth it'

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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.

“Remote leaning is a challenge. I don’t think that’s up for debate. But the hardships of navigating those hurdles are nothing compared to the loss of a child, a family member, a teacher, or support staff. We can reduce the risk for our children, our teachers, and ourselves with remote learning. If going remote prevents even one death, then it is entirely worth it. To do anything else borders on a depraved indifference for the well being of others. That level of selfishness isn’t something I want to be responsible for teaching our children.”

-- 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: