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Metro Detroit school districts weigh risk vs. reward of sending any students back to face-to-face learning this year

Districts working to figure out next steps to take

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – Many local school districts are grappling with the risk versus reward of sending any students back to face-to-face learning for any portion of the remainder of 2020.

READ: Gov. Whitmer hopes Michiganders ‘double down so we can avoid a stay-home order’

A power outage shut the doors of the Romeo Middle School on Monday, which means it’s possible that for those students doing in-person learning, they may have already seen the last day of face-to-face learning for the year.

That’s because the Romeo district, like many others across the state, is trying to figure out what to do next. The Romeo district pre-empted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement by two days. It pulled all of its students out of face-to-face learning for the next three weeks last Friday.

The district will be meeting on Nov. 30 to determine if any students will be returning this year. The Fraser School District, which was moving full steam ahead to bring its students back to face-to-face learning on Nov. 30 is now pushing pause on the return of high school students.

READ: Why Michigan is forcing high schools, colleges to go remote, but not younger students

The school board is holding an emergency meeting on Monday night to discuss the kindergarten through 8th-grade plan for the next three weeks and beyond.


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