DETROIT – After days of protests that ended in arrests on Thursday, the fight over in-person summer classes in Detroit is headed to court.
UPDATE -- July 21, 2020: Judge: Detroit’s in-person summer school classes can continue with virus testing
A decision Friday, if it’s made, could stop summer school in Detroit amid the coronavirus pandemic. The judge in this case heard it briefly on Thursday and denied a temporary restraining order. On Friday, the judge will hear the full lawsuit.
Summer school in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) began Monday. A lawsuit has been filed by parents, teachers, students and By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) against the district. It seeks to sop summer school.
“There are students in those schools that are being exposed to the virus to take home to their parents and their grandparents. There are teachers in that school who are exposed to the virus to take home to their sons and their daughters, and neighbors. No. This needs to come to a halt now,” said an attorney representing the group.
“For a lot of our parents, they need us. Children aren’t learning at home. Our children need structure, they need activities, they need goals. They need to interact with one another. COVID is not going away, and right now we’re on a path to go back to school and this is what that looks like.”
A written decision by the judge should be expected over the next few days.
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