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As more students head back, here’s what we now know (and still don’t) about schools and COVID spread

As more students head back, here’s what we now know (and still don’t) about schools and COVID spread

October 27, 2020 | Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat

There has been no effort from the federal government to systematically track school openings and COVID outbreaks. That means we are often relying on data from those who volunteer it, and lack good information about how schools that have reopened might differ from those that have not.

COVID outbreaks slowing at Michigan K-12 schools, dropping at colleges

COVID outbreaks slowing at Michigan K-12 schools, dropping at colleges

October 26, 2020 | Ron French

There are outbreaks in 99 Michigan school buildings, and more than 4,400 cases on college campuses. Still, there were signs the spread was slowing or receding in the past week.

After years of state oversight, commission gives financial control back to Detroit district

After years of state oversight, commission gives financial control back to Detroit district

October 26, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

The Detroit Financial Review Commission voted Monday to release the Detroit Public Schools Community District from state financial oversight until the end of 2021, a crucial step in the district’s efforts to control its budget and finances.

Opinion | Dear Betsy DeVos and Michigan lawmakers: Here's what educators need

Opinion | Dear Betsy DeVos and Michigan lawmakers: Here's what educators need

October 24, 2020 | Chris Thomas

Remote learning is not the 'tragedy' that is playing out. The real tragedy is the lack of national commitment to supporting public education and educators.

West Michigan schools to community: Mask up for COVID or we close down

West Michigan schools to community: Mask up for COVID or we close down

October 22, 2020 | Ron French

In an unusually blunt letter expressing the limits of their ability to control COVID-19 spread, 46 school superintendents pleaded with their communities to mask-up to help keep schools open.

Opinion | Education is failing in the coronavirus pandemic

Opinion | Education is failing in the coronavirus pandemic

October 21, 2020 | Nicole McKinney

COVID cases are on the rise again, and despite our best efforts, the current in-person models of opening and closing schools don’t seem sustainable long-term.

Why it still matters whether Michigan K-12 students contract COVID

Why it still matters whether Michigan K-12 students contract COVID

October 20, 2020 | Ron French

Very few young people infected by COVID-19 become seriously ill. But public health experts say the transmission of the virus among healthy students can endanger more vulnerable Michiganders.

COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools rise 25 percent in a week

COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools rise 25 percent in a week

October 19, 2020 | Ron French

There are outbreaks in 84 Michigan schools in 31 counties, and college cases top 5,000, says a state report released Monday.

Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 in Michigan schools, colleges

Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 in Michigan schools, colleges

October 12, 2020 | Ron French

Cases on college campuses continue to rise, but the good news is that K-12 schools continue to have few COVID-19 infections. Parents also can now get faster disclosure of coronavirus cases in their local schools.

Opinion | COVID-19 highlights Michigan's broken school funding model

Opinion | COVID-19 highlights Michigan's broken school funding model

October 7, 2020 | Jim Stapleton

The new school year began under an obsolete school funding approach that disregards the unique needs of students and threatens our state’s economic resurgence.

Michigan re-orders schools to disclose COVID cases after Supreme Court ruling

Michigan re-orders schools to disclose COVID cases after Supreme Court ruling

October 6, 2020 | Ron French

The administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is moving quickly to reinstate a school coronavirus reporting mandate that was struck down Friday by the state’s high court.

COVID masks can still be required in Michigan schools, despite ruling

COVID masks can still be required in Michigan schools, despite ruling

October 5, 2020 | Ron French

How does Friday’s Supreme Court ruling upending Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency power authority impact coronavirus mandates in Michigan schools? We answer some of your major questions.

Back to school puts financial strain on Michigan’s most vulnerable families

Back to school puts financial strain on Michigan’s most vulnerable families

September 30, 2020 | Nushrat Rahman

As the new school year ramps up and the economic downturn of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, parents are having to make tough financial decisions. Nonprofits and social service agencies say they see families struggling to purchase materials for school, access child care and put food on the table.

Michigan schools still struggle with public disclosure of COVID cases

Michigan schools still struggle with public disclosure of COVID cases

September 30, 2020 | Ron French, Robin Erb, Kathryn Dugal

How much you’ll learn about coronavirus cases in your student’s school depends on where you live. A Bridge Michigan analysis shows parents still can’t depend on schools or local health departments to voluntarily alert them to outbreaks.

A rural Michigan district has 15 COVID cases, one death, and few answers

A rural Michigan district has 15 COVID cases, one death, and few answers

September 29, 2020 | Ron French

Health officials say the school followed safety protocols, and the cases that suddenly proliferated in Carson City show how a coronavirus outbreak can happen anywhere. The district has ended in-person classes.

COVID outbreaks spiking in Michigan K-12 schools and colleges

COVID outbreaks spiking in Michigan K-12 schools and colleges

September 28, 2020 | Ron French

The number of K-12 schools with coronavirus outbreaks jumped from 28 to 46 schools in just a week. And there are now over 3,800 confirmed cases at colleges and universities across Michigan, numbers that are likely an undercount.

Whitmer: Michigan movie theaters can open and K-5 students must wear masks

Whitmer: Michigan movie theaters can open and K-5 students must wear masks

September 25, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Many businesses set to reopen on Oct. 9 — like event venues and bowling alleys — have been closed in much of the state since mid-March.

Whitmer orders Michigan schools to tell the public about COVID cases

Whitmer orders Michigan schools to tell the public about COVID cases

September 25, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

Pressure mounted for more than a month on the administration to require more immediate public notifications of coronavirus outbreaks at Michigan schools as students returned for the fall term.

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Hours after a committee hearing in which health officials said they can’t report school outbreaks more than once a week, Michigan’s public health director told Bridge Michigan the Whitmer administration may order schools to publicly reveal outbreaks as they are confirmed.

State: Officials too busy to report MI school COVID outbreaks more often

State: Officials too busy to report MI school COVID outbreaks more often

September 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Once-weekly reporting of coronavirus outbreaks in schools is the most local public health workers can handle, state health officials argued Wednesday.

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