Metro Detroit students have end-of-year concerns
DETROIT – During the coronavirus pandemic, Local 4 has been checking in with students around Metro Detroit on their struggles, successes and how COVID is impacting their lives. It’s no surprise that students are starting to get concerned about end-of-year activities like graduations and proms. Paula Tutman spoke with students from the Walled Lake Consolidated School District, and they thing Michigan lawmakers need to be more efficient with their time. They acknowledge that they are not entitled to a fun senior year, but believe they have earned the right to start making plans. Walled Lake superintendent Kenneth Gutman said he thought there would be more guidance from Lansing, so he could direct his students on what they can and cannot plan toward, but he said he’s heard nothing.
CDC halves distance requirements in schools from 6 to 3 feet
The CDC now said the science supports reducing the minimum recommended space between students as long as everyone is wearing a well-fitting mask. Under the new guidelines, students in elementary school can now sit three feet apart instead of the previously recommended six feet -- as long as everyone is wearing a mask. “These recommendations are specific to students in classrooms with universal mask wearing,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. However, six feet of distance is still recommended in several situations, including:Between all adults, or adults and students. pic.twitter.com/w3lHKrO3fu — CDC (@CDCgov) March 19, 2021The new guidelines will help some schools get back to face-to-face learning, especially where population and space is an issue.
Educators weigh in on standardized testing during COVID pandemic
DETROIT – Educators in Michigan are dealing with concerns about standardized testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ: More than 80% of Michigan schools offering in-person instructionThat decision has sent state educators back to the drawing board. They said there are pros and cons when it comes to standardized testing. There is a need to make sure that all students, no matter their situation and standardized testing can give a glimpse into if students are getting an equal education. Educators said losing standardized testing could harm poor, disadvantaged students and minority students.
Police investigating after Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District says it was hacked
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – In an email sent to parents late Sunday, the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District said a system outage has been linked to a cyberattack. The hack will not impact virtual learning, the district said. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said virtual learning will proceed as normal when classes resume Monday morning. Walled Lake school officials said there is a possibility credentials and other information was taken. As communicated earlier today, Our Path and My Path virtual learning will continue, uninterrupted, for all students in WLCSD tomorrow.
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District says it’s been hacked
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – In an email sent to parents late Sunday the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District said a system outage has been linked to a cyberattack. The hack will not impact virtual learning, the district said. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said virtual learning will proceed as normal when classes resume Monday morning. The District has a cyber security insurance policy which provides us access to these and other experts in the field. As communicated earlier today, Our Path and My Path virtual learning will continue, uninterrupted, for all students in WLCSD tomorrow.
Pressure of COVID-19 pandemic raises concerns about Michigan teachers getting burned out
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on parents, students and teachers. There are concerns about teachers getting burned out, and the affect could be felt for years. “Our teachers are working twice as hard,” Gutman said. MORE: Tracking coronavirus cases, outbreaks in Michigan schoolsNatalie Ford teaches remotely in the Berkley School District. “People aren’t going into teaching,” Gutman said.
Walled Lake Schools world history teacher speaks out after being fired
WALLED LAKE, Mich. A Walled Lake teacher is out of a job after tweeting support for President Donald Trump -- but its unclear if thats the reason the district fired Justin Kucera. Kucera, 28, lost his job as an AP World History Teacher at Walled Lake Western. On Tuesday, the Superintendent of Walled Lake schools, Kenneth Gutman, released the following:When media stories/issues that garner public attention arise, we want to keep you informed around the District response. As a matter of policy and practice, Walled Lake Schools does not comment on current and/or former employees as it relates to specific personnel issues. In the Walled Lake Schools educational setting we encourage positive discourse and working together to make decisions that benefit our community.
Michigan schools facing likely substitute teacher shortage when they reopen
DETROIT School districts in Michigan are facing a likely substitute teacher shortage as some full-time teachers might not want to return to the classroom when schools reopen. Many full-time teachers might not feel comfortable with in-class sessions, which leads to another concern: a shortage of substitute teachers. School officials said they dont even know what resources theyll have to try to attract substitute teachers and fill those holes. Gutman is also the vice president of the Tri-County Alliance, which represents thousands of schools and tens of thousands of students. School districts are working to put together plans for what comes next.
Michigan schools face budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic
Educators have said theyre feeling frustrated because theyve had to work with smaller budgets for the new school year. Officials said they have been putting together a budget, with some budget cuts. MORE: Michigan State University publishes guide for K-12 schools reopening amid pandemicKenneth Gutman is the superintendent for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District. The district was forced to cut 50 teachers from its budget on Thursday night. Gutman is also the vice president of the Tri County Alliance for Public Education, which represents more than half a million schools and 40 percent of the states student population.