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School confessional: ‘Returning to school is a recipe for more catastrophe’

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Rachel Adamus holds her son Paul, 7, on their porch before the bus arrives for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Dallas, Ga. Adamus is among tens of thousands of students in Georgia and across the nation who were set to resume in-person school Monday for the first time since March. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Rachel Adamus holds her son Paul, 7, on their porch before the bus arrives for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Dallas, Ga. Adamus is among tens of thousands of students in Georgia and across the nation who were set to resume in-person school Monday for the first time since March. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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.


“Returning to school is a recipe for more catastrophe. Do you honestly believe that children of all ages will be able to social distance and keep shield or masks on all day? I have read that 900 baseball players are being protected by not playing but you let our most precious of people, the next generations, expose themselves and then their families, friend, and community to this horrible virus? I honestly believe you are all irresponsible and truly despicably crazy if you carry on with this plan. I cry -- a lot -- for the safety of our children and ourselves.”

-- 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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