Nightside Report April 28, 2021: Teachers call in sick to protest loosened COVID precautions, judge rejects request to stop COVID testing of school athletes

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100+ Grosse Pointe Public School teachers call in sick to protest loosened COVID precautions
100+ Grosse Pointe Public School teachers call in sick to protest loosened COVID precautions

Grosse Pointe Public School teachers call in sick to protest loosened COVID precautions

DETROIT – More than 100 teachers called in sick Wednesday to protest the district’s new COVID-19 guidelines. A total of 116 called in sick, 47 of them at Grosse Pointe North High School.

Instead of having class, Grosse Pointe North High School students waited in the gym until substitute teachers could be brought to the school. Even administration staff got into classes to teach.

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The latest: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 833,891; Death toll now at 17,467

Metro Detroit weather: Cooldown expected into the weekend

The last of the super mild air is leaving us. Get ready for a noticeable cooldown heading into the weekend.

Yet another near-record finish on Wednesday leads into a 20-degree cooldown for Thursday. That front which allowed temperatures to soar into the 80s in migrating south again.

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4 Fast Facts

  • Detroit is enhancing its Good Neighbor program to include a $50 debit cards reimbursement for any pre-registered individual who drives a Detroiter to get a vaccination at select vaccination sites. Click here to read more.
  • A scam alert reveals how thieves are targeting Michiganders who are collecting unemployment benefits. Click here to read more.
  • City of Detroit officials announced Wednesday that a Detroit Police Department training facility will be renamed after the late Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. Click here to read more.
  • Cedar Point announced its 2021 reopening plan for the upcoming season, which opens on May 14. But you won’t be able to just show up at the park. Click here to read more.

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Grosse Pointe teacher roasts board of education in intense resignation speech

A teacher at Grosse Pointe Public Schools made a moving resignation speech in front of the district’s board of education during a public meeting Monday.

The Grosse Pointe Public Schools Board of Education met Monday to discuss new coronavirus protocols for district schools. The board voted 6-1 to adopt the protocols, which include adjusting the definition of “close contact” from 6 to 3 feet for contact tracing purposes, in addition to mandating a 10-day quarantine -- instead of 14 days -- for students in close contact with a student who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Michigan judge rejects challenge to masks, virus tests for school athletes

A judge on Wednesday rejected a request to stop coronavirus testing of Michigan school athletes and other steps ordered by the state health department.

An injunction isn’t appropriate at this stage because a group called Let Them Play Michigan and its allies are unlikely to win the case, said Judge Michael Kelly of the Court of Claims.

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