Everything to know about COVID in Michigan before Gov. Whitmer’s Thursday (Feb. 4) briefing
Youth contact sportsWhitmer is expected to announce that Michigan youth contact sports will be allowed to resume with COVID-19 safety measures in place. “The continuing suspension of winter ‘contact’ sports contradicts the message that it is safe to return to in-person learning,” Vitti wrote. Two shutdowns, partial reopenings: How Michigan restaurants have been handled during COVID pandemicOn Monday (Feb. 1), restaurants were allowed to open to 25% capacity after being shut down for two and a half months. She had traveled to the UK and returned with the variant, officials said. U of M athletics shut downAll athletics at the University of Michigan are still shut down because of the outbreak.
Metro Detroit students share what they believe is next for the nation after the inauguration
DETROIT – On Inauguration Day, Local 4′s Paula Tutman put together a round table of more than 30 local students. They watched the inauguration and discussed their thoughts and feelings on the historic event. READ: Metro Detroit students share thoughts on historic presidential inaugurationStudents joined Paula Tutman again on Friday to reflect on the history of the week and share their pride and their pain. This time, 31 students from schools across Metro Detroit discussed the inauguration, the history and what’s next. Metro Detroit students share thoughts on historic presidential inaugurationEvery presidential inauguration makes history in some way.
Metro Detroit students share thoughts on historic presidential inauguration
DETROIT – Every presidential inauguration makes history in some way. Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States, declaring that “democracy has prevailed.” This comes at a time when the nation is deeply divided. Vice President Kamala Harris is now the first woman, first African American and first Indian American to serve as vice president of the United States. Local 4′s Paula Tutman virtually met with dozens of students to watch and share their reactions to the significant moment in time. Instead of hundreds of thousands congregating on the Capitol grounds and on the National Mall, there will be thousands of National Guard members.
Justice Department backs Michigan private schools in virus challenge
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it’s on the side of Michigan faith-based schools that are challenging the state’s ban on in-person classes in high schools. The department's Civil Rights Division filed an argument in favor of three Catholic high schools and the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools. “The state has failed to make any provision for consideration of the religious need of plaintiffs for in-person religious education which they sincerely believe cannot be done remotely,” the Justice Department said. A three-week ban on in-person classes at high schools and colleges was extended this week through Dec. 20. Indoor restaurant dining is also prohibited, along with high school sports, group fitness classes and trips to theaters and casinos.
Religious, nonpublic Michigan high schools sue to reopen for in-person classes
LANSING, Mich. – Nonpublic schools sued Monday after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration extended a coronavirus order that prevents in-person instruction at Michigan high schools, saying it violates the First Amendment right to practice religion. The federal lawsuit, filed in Michigan's Western District, was brought by a group representing more than 400 nonpublic schools across the state, as well as three Catholic high schools and 11 parents. It took effect Nov. 18 and also applies to public high schools and all colleges and universities. The plaintiffs include Lansing Catholic High School, Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor and Everest Collegiate Academy in Clarkston.
Catholic families, schools file lawsuit challenging Michigan’s extended COVID-19 restrictions
LANSING, Mich. – Catholic families and schools in the Diocese of Lansing have filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday challenging the order by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to keep high schools closed for an additional 12 days. “All the evidence shows that during the three months we had in-person education at Lansing Catholic there were no COVID-19 outbreaks; no spread of COVID-19; and no hospitalizations of students or staff, thus adding no burden to our healthcare system,” said Dominic Iocco, president of Lansing Catholic High School. The Michigan Association of Nonpublic Schools represents over 400 schools across the state. Meanwhile, Father Gabriel Richard High School, which has 468 students and 47 faculty members, reported 27 cases. “I question everything I do, and if I’m doing it right,” said high school teacher Heather Chase.
Northville parents, educators clash over in-person learning
NORTHVILLE, Mich. – Northville Public Schools has worked with a hybrid school year with students learning in person. On Monday, the district met to discuss the future of in-person learning. ”Whatever happens it’s not going to please everyone,” said district superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher, who laid out a recommendation for the district. During public comment, several parents, who are also doctors and healthcare workers, pushed hard for in-person learning. READ: Michigan’s ‘3-week pause’ COVID restrictions in effect: What to knowYou can watch the full report in the video posted above.
Michigan’s ‘3-week pause’ COVID restrictions in effect: What to know
Under new restrictions issued Sunday evening by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), here’s what is closed starting Wednesday, Nov. 18 until Dec. 8 in Michigan. Hair salons, barber shops, other personal services (Per the MDHHS order -- Section 4.e. : In facilities offering non-essential personal care services, including hair, nail, tanning, massage, traditional spa, tattoo, body art, and piercing services, and similar personal care services, gatherings are only. (MDHHS)Face mask requirementUnder this MDHHS epidemic order, all persons participating in gatherings are required to wear a face mask. Again, this order takes effect on November 18, 2020 at 12:01 AM, at which time the October 29, 2020, order entitled Gatherings and Face Mask Order is rescinded, the state says.
There might be no choice, but spring football could cause major issues for colleges, high schools
Playing high school and college football in the spring? Here are five serious issues administrators at colleges and high schools will have to address if they are forced to move football to the spring. If a spring football season ends in late May or June, that leaves barely two months before another season FULLY starts up again with practices. But the big offseason cash cow for the league, the annual NFL Draft held in April, could be impacted. What do you think about the idea of having college and high school football played in the spring?
WATCH: Students share their views on the racial equality movement
DETROIT – Local 4 sat down with eight local high school and college students ages 14 to 18 from the inner city to the suburbs to talk about the racial equality movement. READ: How Metro Detroit high school students are working for diversity, inclusion, acceptanceThe students said they believe attention and exposure to racial diversity initiatives is needed in school. They also said students need better education about race and the African American side of American history past and present. Extended cut: Rhonda Walker talks to youth in Metro Detroit about racism, climateWatch the full report aboveClick here for more Spirit of Detroit: Fulfilling the Dream reports
Students share their views on the racial equality movement
Students share their views on the racial equality movementPublished: June 23, 2020, 10:48 pmLocal 4 sat down with eight local high school and college students ages 14 to 18 from the inner city to the suburbs to talk about the racial equality movement.
How Metro Detroit high school students are working for diversity, inclusion, acceptance
We talked with Metro Detroit high school students about diversity in their schools, or the lack of it, and how theyre working to give each other voices. Theyre also finding ways to help give to those in need in their community. Watch the story above.