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Join Bridge Lunch Break talk on how COVID impacts Michigan K-12 students

Feburary lunch break

Bridge Michigan invites readers to join us Wednesday, Feb. 23, for the latest in our monthly Bridge Lunch Break series. This time, we'll discuss how the pandemic and COVID-related policies have affected K-12 students in Michigan, including a look at the impacts of virtual and hybrid learning, social distancing and mask policies, quarantining, and school closures among other topics.


We’ll be joined by Katharine Strunk, professor of education policy at Michigan State University’s College of Education; Tanya Pitkin, director of the Michigan Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Board of Directors; and Jeremy Singer, doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Wayne State University and research assistant for the Detroit Education Research Partnership.

The discussion from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. will be moderated by Bridge Michigan associate editor and enterprise reporter Ron French and education reporter Isabel Lohman.

Please fill out our Lunch Break registration form to be sent a calendar invitation to the event, including the Zoom link. This registration form also includes an opportunity to submit questions for our guest speakers. Pull up a chair, grab your lunch and join us for this interesting and interactive discussion.

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Bridge’s Lunch Break monthly series focuses on timely topics facing our state. Previous discussions have included youth mental health in Michigan, Bridge’s tenth anniversary, COVID mandates and K-12 education, Michigan’s elder caregiving crisis, Michigan’s new redistricting maps

How to join this live Zoom discussion

To be invited to participate in this hour discussion, please complete this form and we’ll send you the link via a Google Calendar invitation to your email inbox. You can also pre-submit your questions to our team on this form.

To learn more about how to join a Zoom meeting, watch this short video. Zoom is free to use, and you can use the video call function on your computer, tablet or phone, or you can call into the meeting using the conference line function.

To regularly receive advance notification of what our nonprofit newsroom is planning and receive member-exclusive benefits — such as free Bridge event tickets, copies of our bimonthly Bridge Book Club selections and more — become a Bridge Club member today. Member support allows us to offer engagement opportunities like this Lunch Break series.

We look forward to talking with you on February 23!

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