Farmington Public Schools board approves increasing in-person learning
FARMINGTON, Mich. – The Farmington Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted 6-0 on Tuesday to increase in-person learning and relax the 6-foot social distancing measure in order to increase in-person learning for students. The district will continue other mitigation practices such as mask wearing, hand washing, cleaning and sanitizing, air filtration and student partitions. The board also granted interim Superintendent Bobbie Goodrum to make decisions for the district on how to move forward. Districts across the state are seeking clarification on the March 22 date.”AdThe district is currently looking to offer five four-hour days of in-person learning for elementary students with no in-person lunch, as well as four full days of in-person learning for middle and high school students. Families who have chosen remote learning and learning at a distance can continue to have their children learn in those models.
Morning Briefing March 9, 2021: Michigan confirms first case of South African COVID variant, school funding fuels hybrid learning debate, more
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that the first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.351 has been identified in a child in Jackson County. The health department did not say how the boy was infected but a case investigation is underway to determine close contacts and if there are additional cases associated. This new variant was originally detected in South Africa in October 2020 and shares some mutations with the B117 variant. From reporter Jason Colthorp:Two pieces of legislation passed last week offering additional funding for Michigan schools that provide at least 20 hours of in-person learning. Michigan has reported more than 2.6 million doses of the COVID-19 administered, as of Monday, with 20.9% total coverage in Michigan.
School funding fuels hybrid learning debate at West Bloomfield School District
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Two pieces of legislation passed last week offering additional funding for Michigan schools that provide at least 20 hours of in-person learning. Gretchen Whitmer, but one school district is now trying to decide if it’s worth to re-route its current learning plan. The West Bloomfield School District is in hybrid learning and was planning to keep it until next year. READ: What to know as Detroit public schools resume in-person learningBut the potential loss of $1.2 million in additional funding forced the district’s Board of Education to discuss on Monday whether to increase in-person learning to 20 hours a week. We’re living with the reality of the Legislature being the Legislature,” Hill said.
Community fights to save elementary school in Keego Harbor
KEEGO HARBOR, Mich. – Parents and other community members in Keego Harbor express concern over an elementary school possibly closing even after voting for a bond three years ago to allocate money toward the school. Voters said that before voting “yes,” they were assured that Roosevelt Elementary School -- part of the West Bloomfield School District -- would not close down. A week ago, parents, staff and voters learned that West Bloomfield School District was consolidating from five elementary schools to four schools, with Roosevelt potentially being the one to close. “It’s absolutely a lie because they told us this would not close.”During an informal online meeting Thursday, school officials explained the money allocated for the school is virtually untouched. When asked at the meeting about not yet spending the money, Shannon Bingham, who is the West Bloomfield school district demographics consultant, said “I don’t know the exact particulars of that.
West Bloomfield schools to remain remote through Jan. 15, 2021 due to COVID
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The West Bloomfield School District will remain in a totally remote instruction model for all students now through Jan. 15, 2021, the district announced Tuesday. On Nov. 2, the district went remote for all students after health officials moved Oakland County to the highest risk level for spreading COVID-19 through in-person instruction. West Bloomfield High School and Lakers Online will remain totally remote during this time period. New COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in Michigan. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 142,000 on Sunday, near its highest mark on record.
More Michigan school districts forced to go remote-only as COVID spread impacts school staff
As community spread of COVID-19 increases, so does the number of Michigan schools reversing their decision to bring students back for face-to-face learning. Right now, Oakland County is at a level “E” in community spread -- the highest and least desirable place to be. High school students in the Troy School District have been pulled back less than 30 days after returning to face-to-face learning. Macomb County is also considered at level “E” for community spread of COVID-19. More: With spike in COVID-19 cases, Metro Detroit school districts make decision to go fully remote
West Bloomfield schools going fully remote after Oakland County deemed high risk for in-person learning
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – The West Bloomfield School District is going fully remote for all students after health officials moved Oakland County to the highest risk level for spreading COVID-19 through in-person instruction. UPDATE: West Bloomfield schools to remain remote through Jan. 15, 2021Last week, the Oakland County Health Division changed the county’s COVID-19 risk determination level to an E, which is the highest level on the chart that provides guidance for in-person learning. The West Bloomfield School District is going completely remote as of Monday (Nov. 2), at least through Nov. 27. West Bloomfield High School and Lakers Online will remain fully remote, officials said. “We appreciate your support, understanding and grace as we work to ensure the safety of our students, staff and their families.
West Bloomfield schools going fully remote after Oakland County moved to highest COVID-19 risk level
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – The West Bloomfield School District is going fully remove for all students after health officials moved Oakland County to the highest risk level for spreading COVID-19. The West Bloomfield School District is going completely remote as of Monday (Nov. 2), at least through Nov. 27. District officials are planning to return to the hybrid instruction model from kindergarten through eighth grade, special education and Oakland Early College on Nov. 30. West Bloomfield High School and Lakers Online will remain fully remote, officials said. “We appreciate your support, understanding and grace as we work to ensure the safety of our students, staff and their families.
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.
How the new semester started at West Bloomfield School District
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. Parents and students across Michigan are navigating a new school year that comes with unprecedented challenges. Some schools have opted to offer remote learning, while others are offering a hybrid of both remote learning and in-person classes. READ: Heres what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemicThe first day of school at the West Bloomfield School District had the same excitement as usual, even some of the same confusion, and of course nerves. The district has 100 percent remote learning for high school and about 1,200 underclassmen who opted out of face-to-face learning. For the students who arrived at school on Thursday, there were two sessions, the a.m. cohort session and the afternoon cohort session.
'Going to see massive cuts': Without more coronavirus relief, schools slash budgets, prep layoffs
Preliminary estimates predict jaw-dropping state budget holes that some education funding experts warn could cost in the range of 300,000 teaching jobs. Michigan expects a $3.2 billion state budget shortfall, including a $1.1 billion deficit in the school aid fund, Hill said. "Theres no guarantee federal money is coming through or how big its going to be, so its smart to plan for cuts," Petrilli said. New Mexico, for example, projects cuts to its state budget of 22% to 32%. "The notion that schools can continue to operate safely in the fall with a decreased state budget is not realistic," the letter said.monroenews.com
West Bloomfield School District releases framework for next school year
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – Next school year is going to be different in the fall due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak -- and now we’re getting a glimpse at just how different it could be. West Bloomfield schools sent out their framework for next year and everything from fewer days at school - to starting before Fall is on the table. Watch the video above for the full report. READ: West Bloomfield School District presents framework for what education could look like in the fall
West Bloomfield School District presents framework for what education could look like in the fall
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. – A plan presented Monday laid out what school may look like for West Bloomfield students in the fall. RELATED: Will college students return to the classroom in the fall? Michigan universities weigh optionsThe West Bloomfield School District provided a framework for returning to the classroom. That plan includes combining both remote learning and in-person instruction, with only about 50 percent of students at the school at a time. View the plan below:
Another human case of mosquito-borne EEE confirmed in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Laboratories confirmed another case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a human Friday. Eight cases of the mosquito-borne illness has been confirmed in people living in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. Horse, deer casesAccording to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in addition to the human cases, as of Sept. 16 nine cases of EEE in horses had been confirmed in Barry, Kalamazoo, Lapeer, and St. Joseph counties. About West Nile VirusWest Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus. The virus is then spread to humans through the bite of the infected mosquito.