U-M: Parent depression, stress caused by pandemic had negative impact on kids’ schooling
Most of the parents said that their children learned online from home, using school-provided electronic resources, educational apps and social media. Roughly 35% of parents reported that their children’s behavior changed since the pandemic began, including feelings of sadness, loneliness and depression. Daily schedule disruptions and a lack of access to free and reduced-price meals from school were significant stressors, parents reported. “Research suggests that, unfortunately, the high levels of stress, anxiety and depression among parents remained high through the summer and early fall. Co-authors on the study are U-M doctoral student in psychology and social work, Kaitlin Ward and U-M undergraduate research assistants Kasey Downing and Olivia Chang.
5 tips for successful virtual learning, according to a local academic
Dress nicely, turn your camera on, have pen and paper ready, and sit up straight,” Laverick suggests. Start a reviewing routineDr. Laverick suggests building a daily habit of reading through your notes from class. If you’re indifferent to the notetaking method you use, sometimes switching up your method can help you stay more engaged in the content. Protect your eyesHas virtual learning bothered your eyes? Whether your learning is 100% virtual or a hybrid model, remembering these tips will set you up to do your best, even when the circumstances are not ideal.
Ann Arbor students, parents rally at Skyline High School to demand return to hybrid learning
A high school student holds up a sign at a protest outside Skyline High School in Ann Arbor on Feb. 20, 2021. ANN ARBOR – Dozens of students and parents stood outside Skyline High School holding signs and giving speeches on Saturday, calling for the Ann Arbor Board of Education to continue with their original plans to return to school buildings beginning in March. AdAnn Arbor Public Schools students hold up signs at a rally to reopen schools at Skyline High School on Feb. 20, 2021. Skyline High School senior Eli Hendricks addresses a crowd of students and parents outside his school in Ann Arbor on Feb. 20, 2021. Signs posted outside Skyline High School's student entrance in Ann Arbor call for the return to hybrid learning.
Ann Arbor School Board releases statement on upcoming vote to stay virtual
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Board of Education released a statement on Friday evening clarifying the details of next week’s vote after considerable uproar from some community members. “At our meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education voted to direct Superintendent Jeanice Kerr Swift to explore the feasibility of modifying its current Return to School Plan,” the Board clarified. “The Board apologizes for any confusion this vote on Wednesday may have caused our community during an already stress-filled school year due to the pandemic. Ad“The Board’s vote did not change or alter the approved transition to hybrid-in school learning option,” read the statement. In response to the Board’s motion, parent group Ann Arbor Reasonable Return launched a GoFundMe on Thursday, raising more than its $30,000 goal in less than 24 hours to establish a political action committee.
Ann Arbor Public Schools, DTE Energy deploy electric school buses to deliver meals to children
ANN ARBOR – With Ann Arbor Public Schools buildings still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district has partnered with DTE Energy to put its new zero-emission electric school buses to good use. The six electric vehicles will be used to deliver meals to students in Ann Arbor and Roseville schools through federal food assistance programs. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, in collaboration with MAPT and the Volkswagen Beneficiary Mitigation Plan, provided funding for the buses. “We are thrilled to help deploy these electric buses as another proof point of our clean energy plan at DTE,” Trevor Lauer, President and COO, DTE Electric said in a news release. Jeanice K. Swift, Superintendent of the Ann Arbor Public Schools said in a news release.
Northville High School complies with new precautions, switches to remote learning
NORTHVILLE, Mich. – Officials with Northville Public Schools announced Northville High School would switch to remote learning Wednesday in compliance with the new precautions put in place due to COVID-19. In a letter to parents, the district said Northville High School will switch to full virtual instruction Wednesday and all sports and clubs that include in-person gatherings are suspended during this time. Nov. 15: Wayne County COVID-19 data: Tracking cases, deaths; City-by-city breakdownNorthville High School will remain online-only until at least Dec. 8. Michigan high school sports now suspended under new state COVID orderThe Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has suspended its fall tournaments in response to a new public health order issued by state health officials on Sunday. This includes the suspension girls volleyball, girls swimming and diving, and football tournaments, and all winter practices and competitions scheduled to begin over the next three weeks.
Gibraltar School District switches to online learning for at least 3 weeks
GIBRALTAR, Mich. – Gibraltar School District is moving to a remote learning environment. The school district said that due to rising COVID-19 cases, all schools and programs will move to a virtual environment. Nov. 15: Wayne County COVID-19 data: Tracking cases, deaths; City-by-city breakdownIn a letter to parents and families, the district said all district classrooms will move to remote learning, beginning on Monday for Carlson High School and Tuesday for Shumate Middle School and the four district elementary schools. All district schools are expected to return to in-person learning beginning on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Michigan high school sports now suspended under new state COVID orderThe Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has suspended its fall tournaments in response to a new public health order issued by state health officials on Sunday.
Birmingham Public Schools switches to online learning Monday
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. – Birmingham Public Schools is moving to a remote learning enviroment beginning Monday. The school district said that due to COVID-19, all schools and programs will move to a virtual environment. More information can be found on the Birmingham Public Schools district website here. The largest school district in the state, Detroit Public Schools Community District, announced Thursday it will shift from face-to-face learning to online learning. Fraser Public Schools announced Friday it was pushing for more students to return to in-person learning.
Romeo Community Schools switches to online learning Wednesday
ROMEO, Mich. – Romeo Community Schools will switch to virtual learning Wednesday until at least Dec. 7. Our ability to staff in-person instruction has been stretched beyond our capacity in many areas of the district.”More information can be found on the Romeo Community Schools district website here. The largest school district in the state, Detroit Public Schools Community District, announced Thursday it will shift from face-to-face learning to online learning. “In the Henry Ford system, our Henry Ford Macomb Hospital has the highest volume by far. It has twice the inpatient volume that Henry Ford Hospital has, and Henry Ford Hospital has more than two times the number of beds that exist in Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.”Read more here.
Lawrence Technological University to move classes online amid rising COVID cases
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Students at Lawrence Technological University will switch to online instruction next week due to increasing coronavirus spread, officials said. Lawrence Tech announced Wednesday that the university will move to remote instruction beginning Nov. 16 as COVID-19 cases climb throughout the state of Michigan. According to the university’s website, Lawrence Tech currently has eight active “residential” COVID-19 cases, 14 overall active cases, 62 “residential” individuals in active quarantine and overall 132 individuals in active quarantine, as of Nov. 11. Regions throughout the state of Michigan are experiencing a surge in coronavirus spread and confirmed COVID-19 cases. On Wednesday, the state reported 6,008 new COVID-19 cases and 42 new deaths since Tuesday.
Troy School District moves to virtual learning only amid increasing coronavirus spread
TROY, Mich. – The Troy School District is switching to remote learning as increased coronavirus spread impacts the community and their teaching staff. All K-12 students in the Troy School District will continue their education virtually only beginning on Monday, November 9. The district already canceled all in-person learning for high school students this week on Tuesday due to the impact of coronavirus spread. Oakland County has specifically struggled with coronavirus spread recently. “... we will evaluate whether the data, trends and public health guidance will necessitate an extended return to virtual learning,” Machesky wrote.
West Bloomfield School District takes extra steps to stop people from ‘Zoom bombing’ online classes
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – Schools across the country are dealing with virtual meetings being hijacked, disrupting virtual classrooms and wreaking havoc. The West Bloomfield School District has been attacked numerous times and is taking strong measures to stop it from happening again. The school district has all high school classes online and a significant population of underclassmen online has experienced at least six Zoom bombs this week alone at the middle and high school level. READ: ‘Zoom bombing’ -- how to protect yourself from hackers on Zoom callsThe people hacking the zoom calls are logging in and disrupting them from all over the country. The district said they are acting swiftly to protect students and teachers.
Oakland Schools to still offer recently-cut trade program after students speak out
CLARKSTON, Mich. Oakland Schools will still offer a trade program that was recently abruptly cut, affecting dozens of students plans. The district abruptly canceled one of its trade programs at Northwest Technical Campus on Thursday, telling students they lost the teacher. The 61 students enrolled in the visual imaging program reportedly got a letter from the dean stating that they lost their instructor and were unable to find a qualified replacement. The Oakland Schools visual imaging program dates back to 1972. Its recent cancelation took an emotional toll on the dozens of students enrolled in the program who rely on the course to advance their academic and professional careers.
Roseville Community Schools vote to start school year entirely online
ROSEVILLE, Mich. Roseville Community Schools voted Monday to begin the 2020-21 school year online only after initially announcing a return to full-time, in-person instruction amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Roseville students will begin classes online on September 8 with expectations to return to in-person instruction by October 12. Roseville schools are also offering a separate, online-only learning option for the entire 2020-21 school year. Click here to read the full announcement from Roseville Community Schools. A number of Michigan school districts have opted to begin the upcoming school year entirely online to protect students and faculty from COVID-19 exposure.
Virtual learning sites sprout up to help working parents
These and other places are taking on a somewhat unlikely new role this fall welcoming children for supervised distance learning while their parents go to work. The sites provide a lifeline for families that struggled through virtual learning last spring, but organizers acknowledge they are a poor substitute for schools with professional educators. Its creating the same situation as we would for having the children in school, said Florida International University epidemiologist Dr. Aileen Marty. San Francisco is creating community learning hubs at 40 sites across the city to assist with distance learning for children who are poor, homeless, in foster care or learning English as a second language. In Kansas City, Missouri, the parks department is working with the Boys and Girls Club and the group Camp Fire Heartland to offer virtual learning to hundreds of students.
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools to begin online this fall
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (PCCS) will begin the 2020-21 school year entirely online in the fall amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the district is planning to transition to in-person learning following the remote start. The transition will begin with small groups of students and will include both in-person and online learning models. Middle and high school students should also expect to participate in synchronous instruction for about three hours each day. Click here to view Plymouth-Canton Community Schools entire fall plan.
Utica Community Schools offers virtual academy, remote learning to begin school year
UTICA, Mich. – Utica Community Schools will be offering a remote classroom with the option to transition to in-person learning and a 100 percent online virtual academy. READ: More return to school coverageThe UCS Virtual Academy is a completely online program taught by UCS teachers. If a student in the virtual academy wants to return to the classroom, they will be assigned to the school in their attendance area. Class days at the virtual academy will follow traditional daily school schedules and calendar. Click here for more information about the virtual academy
Teach For America Detroit helps students stay on track virtually
DETROIT Even without a global pandemic, keeping children engaged and learning is no easy feat during the summer months. But this year, Teach For America came up with a solution. Teach For America Detroit took the initiative to teach more than 500 Detroit students onlineJackson Brooks was just learning how to read when the schools shut down. It allows for some more for you to share more of your personality because were in our own personal spaces.McCoy is the summer enrichment director at Teach For America Detroit. She said the program was more beneficial for the students because of the one-on-one interactionI was very shocked, McCoy said.
Northville Public Schools to begin school year online this fall
NORTHVILLE, Mich. Northville Public Schools announced Thursday a plan to begin the 2020-21 school year entirely online in the fall due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the district plans to transition students to in-person learning no later than the first week of October, officials said. The Virtual Start program will be executed at all elementary, middle and high schools in the district. All classes begin on Sept. 8 and the transition to in-person learning is slated to begin on Oct. 2. Middle school students will engage in core math, science, language and history classes in person and engage in elective courses online.
Rochester Community Schools to start 2020-21 school year remotely
ROCHESTER, Mich. Rochester Community Schools will temporarily begin the 2020-21 school year remotely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, officials announced Wednesday. The temporary remote learning model will include more structure and communication with educators compared to the districts emergency remote learning measures in the spring, officials said. The following remote learning student schedules were provided by Rochester Community Schools. Kindergarten through fifth-grade remote learning student schedule:A learning schedule for K-5 students in the Rochester Community Schools district for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. (Rochester Community Schools)Sixth- through twelfth-grade remote learning student schedule:A learning schedule for 6-12 students in the Rochester Community Schools district for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
Dearborn Public Schools to offer online-only learning option this fall
DEARBORN, Mich. Dearborn Public Schools announced Tuesday that the district will offer an online-only option for students this fall amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Dearborn parents and guardians who would like their students to participate in the remote learning model are asked to enroll in the program by Aug. 17. This provides an option for parents who know they want their children learning online for at least this school year. Middle school and high school students should expect to spend five to eight hours a week on each class, totaling 30 or more hours each week. Official plans for how the district will resume learning in the fall are expected to be announced next week.
West Bloomfield schools shift to online, hybrid learning for the fall
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. The West Bloomfield School District announced Thursday its plans for reopening K-12 schools in the fall amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Elementary and middle school students, however, will engage in a blended-learning model in the fall while in Phase 4. Officials say cohorts will be comprised of about 15 students in elementary schools and about 18 students in middle schools. Community members can learn more about the districts fall plans during Zoom presentations at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on July 21. Regions experiencing phases 5-6 can also offer traditional in-person learning with fewer protocols in place.
Cleary University now offering degree program for educators to learn how to teach online
DETROIT As teachers around Michigan work to navigate the uncertain times of the coronavirus (COVID-19), online learning will continue to increase in popularity. As a result, universities are coming up with curriculums to help teachers educate online. Teaching online is not something that we foresee -- or at this point, most foresee -- going away any time soon, said Emily Barnes, president and CEO at Cleary University. Thats why Cleary University is launching a new degree program: MBA in e-learning design and instructional technology management. While teachers learn to teach at home, parents will continue to learn how to let their children learn at home, too.
Metro Detroit teachers prepare to navigate new normal when school returns in fall
DETROIT Metro Detroit teachers have had to completely change how they educate children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and theyre using what theyve learned to prepare for next year. Teachers are being forced to change the way they operate as they get ready for a new normal in the fall. Most school districts will be moving to a hybrid model of classes -- some remote learning and some in-person instruction. There will be some new virtual academies that offer full remote learning for parents and students who dont feel comfortable returning to classrooms. You can hear from Metro Detroit teachers in Paula Tutmans video above.