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School confessional: ‘It is blatant discrimination to have only online learning'

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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.


“It is blatant discrimination to have only online ‘learning’ for school-aged children from underserved communities. While children in affluent districts have iPads and wireless high-speed internet, underserved districts -- especially districts with a large minority population -- do not have these advantages. Again, I believe this is illegal discrimination and it should be prosecuted as such.”

-- 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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