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.
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools delays return to in-person learning following security breach
WALLED LAKE, Mich. – Walled Lake Consolidated Schools has delayed its return to in-person learning following a security breach. According to a letter sent to parents, the district’s grading and scheduling systems, bus route creation software and other key systems were impacted. Here’s the entire letter sent to parents:Dear Parents/Guardians:With the recent hack of Walled Lake Schools' network on Oct. 10, 2020, our ability to sufficiently prepare for the Nov. 4 scheduled return to in-person learning has been compromised. · The following table illustrates the new transition timeline: Revised Timeline 20-21We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued patience. This targeted computer hack of Walled Lake Schools was impossible to anticipate and the timing could not have been worse.
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools District to begin 2020-21 school year with remote learning only
WALLED LAKE, Mich. The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools district will begin the 2020-21 with remote learning only. The district said the Walled Lake Schools Board of Education voted on Tuesday at its special meeting to adopt the WLCSD Return to Learn Plan. The district will begin the 2020-21 school year online and conduct school with remote learning only until at least Friday, Oct. 30. More: Heres what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemicThis decision was not made lightly. After reviewing survey data from District parents, survey data from the WLCSD staff, and thousands of survey comments and emails, the Board of Education concluded it is in the best interest of the entire school community to start the school year virtually as to ensure the safety of everyone, reads a statement from the district. The district recently conducted a survey of parents with the following results:
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 Teacher of the Year from Walled Lake
Walled Lake Schools' Melody Arabo was named the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Board of Education. Arabo is a third-grade teacher at Keith Elementary School and has 12 years of classroom experience. "Being selected as a Master Teacher is an amazing accomplishment that I am very proud of," Arabo said. "However, my greatest accomplishment so far is being considered to represent the state of Michigan as an effective teacher in preparation for citizens of the world." Walled Lake Consolidated Schools will receive a monetary award of $1,000, funded by the MEEMIC insurance company, in honor of Arabo's Michigan Teacher of the Year award.