Educators and students react to face-to-face learning resuming in Metro Detroit
ROMEO, Mich. – Romeo Community Schools hit another milestone on Monday as students returned to full class schedules. The excitement of a return actually started last week as teachers prepared to welcome cohorts back to Romeo High School. New Today: 200 students in quarantine as Oxford High School returns to virtual learning amid COVID outbreakMonday was the day a return to full days, full-time face-to-face learning for high school and middle schoolers finally happened, which means 80 percent of the district’s students are physically back in class. Rick Boggio, an academy coach at Romeo High School also said Monday felt like the first day of school. The high school operates with a learning system called the Academies at Romeo in which students decide on an area of interest and attend micro-and macro-focused learning that gives real world experience in their area of interest.
Washtenaw County schools, health officials advocate for COVID-19 safety in joint letter to community
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. – School administrators and individuals from the health department in Washtenaw County signed a joint letter to the community to follow COVID-19 protocol. Norman, along with other school administrators throughout the county signed the letter as a call for action in the community. “We worked with our Washtenaw County Health Department and our local public private and charter schools to craft a communication to our community -- to let them know how important it is to take care during COVID-19,” Norman said. It also reduces the chances of people becoming infected with both flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Being outdoors in an open space is safer, and the Washtenaw County Health Department recommends avoiding being in small rooms with poor airflow with non-household members.
Vulnerable Michigan communities to get 4 million free face masks
Gretchen Whitmer announced a new partnership aimed at providing millions of face masks, while leaving the decision to reopen schools to individual districts. The program will help provide 4.4 million masks to Black, Indigenous, People of Color communities, which have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. According to Whitmer, roughly 1 million masks would be provided from FEMA and 1.5 million from Ford. But as focus shifted to reopening schools, Whitmer only spoke briefly. Coronavirus in MichiganView more: Michigan COVID-19 dataCoronavirus newsView more: Tracking Michigan COVID-19 hospitalization data trendsMore: Reopening Michigan updatesHere are the 6 stages in Gov.