Wayne-Westland school staff vaccinated ahead of return to in-person learning
WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. – While many teachers are reluctant to return to the classroom for face-to-face education, one district has teachers ready, waiting and excited to return Monday. Wednesday was a big day for the Wayne-Westland Community School district. Of the nearly 1,700 teachers, drivers and staff -- everyone who wants a vaccine has gotten them. The district arranged for clinics set up just for school staff. More information on the district’s plans can be found on the Wayne-Westland Community School district website here.
Metro Detroit teachers go above-and-beyond to make sure students stay connected
Going to school is an exercise in accountability, not only for the school, but for the parent and the student. READ: Digital divide: How some Michigan students are being left behindThere are thousands of students struggling to stay connected in Wayne County. A teacher in the Wayne-Westland district is going above and beyond to make sure her students stay connected in any way she can. Sandy Wade has been working with her tech staff to make sure more students can stay connected and is trouble-shooting students who have tech issues. Like so many other teachers, Wade is determined to not lose a single student.
Wayne-Westland school buses deliver internet to students learning remotely
That’s why the Wayne-Westland Community Schools District has found a unique way to get its children to school while staying at home. On another day, at another time in history, school buses would be bringing children to school, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the school buses in Westland are delivering school to the children. The Wayne-Westland district has about 10,000 students learning remotely. In the mornings, 21 buses are deployed to various communities in the Wayne-Westland Community Schools district and, during school hours, the buses beome beacons for technology. The Wayne-Westland Community School District has the big yellow bus hotspot program funded through the rest of the year and, if needed, will find additional funding next year.
Wayne-Westland school officials work to make sure students can learn remotely
WESTLAND, Mich. – It’s a challenge that has been playing out in several school districts with so many students needing devices for remote learning. The supply chain hasn’t been able to keep up, so one school district is pulling together to answer the call for help. For the Arnold family, the first days of virtual learning have been tough as they’ve been sharing one computer between the three of them. There are a variety of reasons households do not have the devices they need in order for children to learn at home. The District isn’t done as it still has grade levels with children who don’t have devices to call their own, but this is an example of the hard work school districts are putting in to to get children educated amid the pandemic.
Wayne-Westland superintendent who was under investigation resigns, drops lawsuit
WESTLAND, Mich. - The superintendent of Wayne-Westland Community Schools resigned this week and dropped a $2 million lawsuit against the district. MORE: Wayne-Westland superintendent files $2 million lawsuit against districtThe investigation was looking into the practices of her administration in the removal or reassignment of employees. The school board voted unanimously Tuesday to accept Holt's resignation. "The mutual agreement addresses not only Dr. Holt's tenure with Wayne-Westland but results inthe dismissal of her pending lawsuit against the School District. "During the search process, the District's current Assistant Superintendent for Human Resourcesand Operations, Ms. Jill Simmons, will serve as Interim Superintendent.