Michigan school reopening tracker: Find out if your district is starting in person or online

Many Michigan school districts are planning to start the school year online. (Shutterstock)

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Updated Aug. 28. This post will be updated regularly as information comes in. Have updates from your district? Email mwilliams@bridgemi.com

School districts across Michigan have decided whether to begin the school year in person or online. Now, with the official start quickly approaching, school leaders are spending time perfecting their plans and preparing for challenges.

A few dozen districts in the region are offering parents a choice between in-person learning and online learning. Many are starting the school year remotely and planning to transition to face-to-face instruction when conditions allow.

All these plans could be moot if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer decides shortly before Sept. 8 that COVID data indicates it isn’t safe for students and staff to return to school buildings.

Read the list below to find out how various school districts in Michigan plan to start the school year. We’ll be repeatedly updating this list to include more districts. 

Addison Community Schools in Lenawee County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning in person or online.

Adrian Public Schools in Lenawee County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning either in person or online.

Allen Park Public Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 2 with students learning online through at least Oct. 2. The plan is to transition to in-person learning as conditions allow.

Anchor Bay School District in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with two options for families. Students can attend in-person classes or sign up for a fully online program.

Ann Arbor Public Schools in Washtenaw County will begin the year Sept. 8 with learning online. The district is offering three options Under the first option, students will receive remote instruction from district teachers until the district deems it is safe to return to school buildings for in-person instruction. In the second option, students would receive remote instruction from district teachers for the whole school year. The third option will allow students to learn online at their own pace while receiving feedback from district teachers.

Armada Area Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning either in person or online.

Avondale School District in Oakland County will begin the school year Sept. 1 with students learning online, through Nov. 6. The district is also offering the option of a fully online program.

Bay City School District in Bay County will begin the school year Sept. 1 with students learning online. The remote start will continue for the first quarter, at which point the district will transition to in-person learning if conditions allow. Parents can choose a fully online option.

Benton Harbor Area Schools in Berrien County plans to begin the school year Aug. 31 with multiple options for families. K-8 students would choose a fully online program or a hybrid program that blends in-person and remote learning. High school students would attend fully online. The school board still needs to approve the plan.

Berkley School District in Oakland County will begin the school year Aug. 31 online and continue until at least the end of the first marking period on Oct. 30. Once it is safe to return to in-person learning, the district will survey parents to determine which students want to continue with online learning and who will return to school buildings.

Birmingham Public Schools has a plan to begin the school year Aug. 31 online, Superintendent Mark Dziatczak said in a note on the district’s website. The school board needs to approve the plan.

Bloomfield Hills Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Sept. 8 online.

Boggs School, a charter school in Detroit, will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning online. In a note on its website, the school said it will reevaluate the plan throughout the fall.

Brandon School District in Oakland County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with two options: Students can attend in person or enroll in a fully online program.

Brighton Area Schools in Livingston County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning in person four days a week. The fifth day will be spent learning online. The district also is offering online only options.

Cadillac Area Public Schools in Wexford County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning in person five days a week.

Center Line Public Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with two options. Students can attend in-person as part of a hybrid program that will have half attending Mondays and Tuesdays, the other half attending Thursdays and Fridays, and all students learning online on Wednesdays. Students can also choose a fully online option.

Cesar Chavez Academy, a K-12 charter school in Detroit, will begin the school year Sept. 8 with in-person learning or remote learning for students in elementary and middle school. High school students might be able to attend as part of a hybrid program that includes both in-person and remote instruction, according to the reopening plan.

Chippewa Valley Schools in Macomb County has a plan that offers parents the option of the district’s virtual academy or in-person learning. The plan still needs to be approved by the school board, but the in-person plan would be either fully in person or a hybrid version that includes both in-person and online learning.

Clarenceville School District in Wayne and Oakland counties will begin the school year Aug. 31 online, with plans to transition students to in-person learning. The district is also offering a fully online option for students who don’t plan to make that transition.

Clarkston Community Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning online. District officials say they’ll evaluate the remote learning weekly.

Clawson Public Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Aug. 31 online. The district expects to phase in the transition to in-person learning, with most students returning in October. Elementary students would return in person five days a week, while middle and high school students would return to a hybrid program that includes in-person and online learning.

Clintondale Community Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning either in person or online.

Constantine Public Schools in St. Joseph County will begin the school year Aug. 24 with in-person learning for some students and online learning for others.

Crawford-AuSable School District will offer in-person instruction, with a fully online option for those who choose.

Crestwood School District in Wayne County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning online.

Davison Community Schools in Genesee County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with some students learning in person and other students learning online.

Dearborn Heights School District No. 7 in Wayne County planning to begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning either in person or through a fully online program.

Dearborn Public Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Aug. 31 online until Oct. 1. In-person learning labs will be available for students who need social-emotional and academic assistance. When the district returns to face-to-face learning, there will still be an online only option available for students who want it.

Detroit Public Schools Community District, the state’s largest school district, is giving parents the choice between in-person learning and online learning. The school year begins Sept. 8. Read the plan here. The district is asking parents to fill out a survey by Aug. 21 to choose an option.

East Lansing Public Schools in Ingham County has a plan that still must be approved by the school board that includes online only instruction until at least Sept. 30. The district, which begins the school year Aug. 25, will decide then whether to continue with online learning or bring students back to school buildings. If the latter happens, students would return in phases, with the youngest students returning first.

Eastpointe Public Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning either in person and online, or fully online.

Ecorse Public Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year with students learning either in person or fully online.

Escanaba Area Public Schools will offer students the options of full in-person instruction, fully online, and a hybrid.

Farmington Public Schools in Oakland County is planning to begin the school year Aug. 31 online. The district is working with the YMCA on a plan to provide child care within its schools. The program would have a 9:1 student-to-staff ratio. The school board is expected to take action on the district’s plan Aug. 11.

Ferndale Public Schools in Oakland County is planning to begin the school year Aug. 31 online. There will be opportunities for some students who need extra support to come into buildings for two hours a day. Read the plan here.

Flat Rock Community Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 1 with students learning in person or fully online.

Flint Community Schools in Genesee County began the school year Aug. 5 fully online. Classes will remain online until at least mid-September, district officials said.

Flushing Community Schools in Genesee County will begin the school year Sept. 8 online and delay in-person instruction until at least Oct. 5.

Fraser Public Schools in Macomb County said in a July 13 Facebook post that it “will offer face-to-face, blended and virtual learning options with curriculum created and taught by our Fraser teachers.” The school year begins Sept. 8.

Frontier International Academy, a Detroit charter school, is beginning the school year online. The school plans to transition to in-person instruction after Sept. 30.

Garden City Public Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year with students learning online, with plans to transition to in-person learning when it is safe.

Gaylord Community Schools will begin the year with in-person instruction.

Gibraltar School District in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning in person four days a week, while one day is spent learning remotely. The district is also offering a fully online option.

Grand Blanc Community Schools in Genesee County will begin the school year Sept. 8 online. Students will transition to in-person learning when conditions allow. The district also is offering a fully online option for students who opt not to make that transition.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools in Ottawa County will begin the school year with in-person learning and the option for online only learning.

Grand Rapids Public Schools in Kent County has a plan that still must be approved by the school board that will have students learning online until the end of the first marking period on Oct. 21. The district will decide then whether to continue with online only or provide a mixture of online and in-person learning. The school year begins Aug. 25.

Grosse Ile Township Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning either in person or online.

Grosse Pointe Public Schools in Wayne County will begin with remote learning “with a gradual plan to bring everyone back,” Superintendent Gary Niehaus said in a letter to families.

When it’s safe to do so, students whose parents chose a “traditional” school year program will return to the school building full-time or as part of a hybrid program that includes online learning. Those who choose a fully online program will continue learning from home, but parents can change programs after the first semester.

The district also plans to offer students with the most need, such as at-risk and special education, an opportunity to return to in-person learning soon after the school year starts. Those students would receive small group in-person instruction.

Hamtramck Public Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online.

Harper Woods School District in Wayne County will begin the school year with multiple options for enrollment. Students can learn in person every day, fully online, or a combination of the two.

Haslett Public Schools will begin online-only.

Hazel Park Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Sept. 1 with students learning either in person or fully online.

Holland Public Schools in Ottawa County will begin the school year Aug. 26 with face to face instruction. An online only option will be offered to families who aren’t ready to return to school buildings.

Holly Area Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students attending school online.

Holt Public Schools is beginning the year online-only, with plans for school officials to meet weekly to evaluate plans going forward.

Houghton-Portage Township Schools will have in-person learning to begin the year.

Howell Public Schools in Livingston County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning either in person or online.

Huron Valley Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students in grades K-7 learning in person two days a week and online three days a week. Students in grades 8-12 will begin the year with two weeks of remote instruction and return to a mix of in-person and online learning on Sept. 14. The district is also giving families the option of a fully online program.

Huron Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with in-person learning and fully online learning.

Iron Mountain Public Schools will provide face-to-face instruction, plus an option for fully online learning for those who choose.

Kalamazoo Public Schools in Kalamazoo County will begin the school year Aug. 31 online. Students will remain learning only through the end of the first trimester, through Nov. 24. At that point, students will return to in-person learning two days a week for the second semester, while learning online the rest of the week. During the third trimester, students will be in school five days a week. Families will be able to choose an online only option.

Lake Orion Community Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online. The district is planning for a return to in-person learning by Nov. 9, after the end of the first marking period.

Lakeview Public Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with two options for families. A hybrid option will have students spending half their time learning in person and the other half learning online. Another option provides fully online learning.

Lake Shore Public Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students either enrolled in a phased in, in-person learning program or in a fully online program.

Lamphere Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning online. The remote learning will continue throughout the first quarter, which ends Oct. 30. The district will decide then whether to begin in-person learning.

L’Anse Creuse Public Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year with students either learning in person or fully online.

Lansing School District in Ingham County is beginning the school year Aug. 31 online. Students will receive a combination of live instruction from teachers and some self-paced learning. The district announced Aug. 6 that all sports and extracurricular activities have been canceled.

Lapeer Community Schools in Lapeer County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online. The district hopes to begin in-person instruction by Oct. 5.

Lincoln Park Public Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year with students learning either in person or fully online.

Livonia Public Schools in Wayne County is beginning the school year Sept. 8 online. The remote start will be followed by a gradual return to in-person learning. Parents are being asked to decide if they want that option or a fully online option.

Madison District Public Schools in Oakland County is beginning the school year Sept. 8 online, with plans to reassess at the end of the first marking period, which is Nov. 13.

Marquette Area Public Schools will start the year with full face-to-face instruction, with possible movement to online learning if the local health department determines there is an uptick in community spread and strains on local health capacity.

Mason Public Schools will begin the year with full remote learning. That plan will be re-evaluated Sept. 14.

Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Schools in Wayne County is beginning the school year Aug. 31 online, with plans to transition to in-person learning when conditions are safe.

Menominee Area Public Schools will begin the year with in-person instruction.

Michigan Center Schools in Jackson County is beginning the school year Aug. 26 with two options for parents. Students will either learn in person five days a week or parents can choose an online only option.

Midland Public Schools is offering students three options: full face-to-face instruction five days a week, a hybrid online and in-person model for middle and high schools, and fully online.

Monroe Public Schools in Monroe County is beginning the school year Sept. 2 with several options. Students can attend online via a program that assigns students to district teachers, a self-paced online option, or through learning labs that will allow students to be in school buildings while learning remotely.

Mount Clemens Public Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online. The district expects to transition to in person instruction by Oct. 2.

New Haven Public Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning either in person or online.

Northville Public Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 8 online, with plans to gradually reopen for in-person learning in early October. Students enrolled in special education programs will be transitioned to in-person learning throughout September. Families can also choose a fully online program that does not include a shift to face-to-face instruction.

Norway-Vulcan Area Schools started the year with in-person instruction, with an option of online learning for those who choose.

Novi Community Schools in Oakland County is planning to open the school year Sept. 8 with two options: a hybrid of in-person learning and online learning or a fully virtual option.

Oak Park Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year with students learning online through the first marking period, which is Oct. 30.

Okemos Public Schools will be online only as long as the region is in pandemic Phase 4. If the region moves to Phase 5, there will be several weeks of continued online learning while the district gears up for students to return to buildings.

Otsego Public Schools in Allegan County will begin the school year with a hybrid plan that will involve students attending school both in person and online. The district is also offering students an online only option.

Owosso Public Schools in Shiawassee County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning either in person or online.

Oxford Community Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with the option between in-person learning and a fully online program.

Pontiac School District in Oakland County is beginning the school year using a hybrid model. Students will attend school in person two days a week, then learn remotely for three days. Families can also choose an online only option.

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools in Wayne County plans to begin the school year Sept. 8 online. The district will phase in small groups of students to in-person learning beginning the first week of October, according to information on the district’s website. The school board still has to approve the plan.

Pontiac School District in Oakland County is beginning the school year using a hybrid model. Students will attend school in person two days a week, then learn remotely for three days. Families can also choose an online only option.

Portage Public Schools in Kalamazoo County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with K-5 students attending school in person Monday through Friday, and online on Fridays. Elementary families can also choose an online only option. Students in grades 6-12 will attend school online. They have the option to complete their virtual learning inside a school building where they would also have access to academic and social-emotional support.

Redford Union Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year with students learning online.

Richmond Community Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning in person or online.

River Rouge School District in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online. The plan is to transition to in-person learning (face-to-face every day or a combination of face-to-face and online learning) when it is safe to do so.

Riverside Academy, a charter school in Dearborn, will begin the school year online. The school plans to transition to in-person learning by Sept. 30.

Riverview Community School District in Wayne County will begin the school year with students learning either face-to-face or fully online.

Rochester Community Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Sept. 1 with remote learning until Oct. 1, when officials anticipate transitioning to in-person learning. Students signed up for the district’s virtual academy would continue attending school fully online.

Romeo Community Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with some students learning both in person and online, while others will learn fully online.

Romulus Community Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online. The district plans to reexamine this decision before Nov. 6.

Roseville Community Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year with students learning either in person or online.

Royal Oak Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online until Nov. 6, the end of the first quarter. There is a fully online option for students who want to keep learning at home when the district returns to in-person instruction.

Saginaw Public Schools in Saginaw County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning through a hybrid model of in-person and online learning or fully online.

Sault Area Public Schools will return students to classrooms for in-person instruction.

Southfield Public Schools in Oakland County is beginning the year Aug. 31 with online instruction. The district is also reportedly opening one of its school buildings to children under the age of 13 whose parents need to work or have other circumstances that prevent them from helping their children with online schoolwork. The district will provide child care and allow the students to complete their remote learning in the building. It will cost parents $200 a week.

The district is asking parents to decide by Aug. 9 between remaining online throughout the school year or returning to school buildings when the district opts to return to in-person learning.

Southgate Community Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 1 with students learning online. The district plans to reevaluate the decision Oct. 13 with a possible return to in-person learning Nov. 9.

South Lake Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online. The district will reassess whether to transition to in-person instruction on Sept. 23.

South Lyon Community Schools in Oakland County will begin the school year Sept. 8 online, with plans to phase in face-to-face instruction after four weeks. There will be an online option for students who opt not to transition to in-person instruction.

South Redford School District in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online. The district plans to transition to in-person instruction, with a fully online option available for students who want to continue learning at home.

Taylor School District in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 8 online until Sept. 25. There will be a gradual return to in-person learning. Families also have the option of a fully online program.

Traverse City Area Public Schools in Grand Traverse County will begin the school on Sept. 8 online. The district will transition to face-to-face learning beginning Sept. 21. A fully online option will also be available.

Trenton Public Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with K-5 students learning in person two days a week and online three days a week, while students in grades 6-12 would learn online. There will also be a fully online option for elementary students who opt not to return in person. The plan will be revisited after Sept. 30.

Troy School District in Oakland County will begin the school year Sept. 1 with students learning online.

University Preparatory Schools in Detroit, a network of charter schools, will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning online.

Utica Community Schools in Macomb County is planning to open the school year Sept. 1 online. Families will be able to choose a remote program that will have students returning to in-person instruction when it’s safe, or an online only program.

Van Buren Public Schools in Wayne County hasn’t adopted a plan yet. Superintendent Peter Kudlak said in an Aug. 5 Facebook Live session that the board will likely vote on a plan that includes three possibilities: fully online learning, a hybrid plan that involves online learning and in-person learning, and an in-person plan that involves students learning face-to-face five days a week. Kudlak said the school district will likely be starting the school year with the first and third scenarios.

Van Dyke Public Schools in Macomb County will begin the school year with students learning online. The district plans to transition to in-person learning when conditions allow.

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools in Oakland County is planning to begin the school year Aug. 31 online and stay online until at least Oct. 30. A fully virtual option will be available for students who opt not to return to school buildings when the district transitions to in-person learning.

Warren Consolidated Schools in Macomb County is starting the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online.

Warren Woods Public Schools in Macomb County is starting the school year Aug. 31 with students learning online.

Waterford School District in Oakland County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with students learning online. The remote start will last for about 10 weeks, with plans to reevaluate in five weeks. A fully online option is also available.

Wayne-Westland Community Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 1 online. Students will continue learning online until at least Oct. 23.

West Bloomfield School District in Oakland County will begin the school year Aug. 26. There will be a fully online option for families as well as a hybrid option. As part of the hybrid option, K-8 students will attend school in-person and learn online, while all high school students will learn online.

West Ottawa Public Schools in Ottawa County will begin the school year Sept. 1 with two options for families. Students can either attend in-person five days a week or attend fully online.

West Village Academy, a charter school in Dearborn, will begin the school year Sept. 8 with students learning online. The school plans to transition to in-person learning after the end of the first marking period, which is Nov. 10.

Westwood Community School District in Wayne County will begin the school year Aug. 31 with two options for families. Students can attend in person two days a week and online three days a week or attend fully online.

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District in Wayne County will begin the school year Sept. 8 with two options for families. Students can begin the year online, with plans to return to in-person learning Sept. 28. Or they can remain online when others return to buildings, though there would be some in-person learning opportunities for students enrolled in programs such as career and technical education and Advanced Placement.

Wyandotte Public Schools in Wayne County will begin the school year with students learning online for the month of September.

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Stubborn is as does
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:07am

Clearly Republicans are more apt to start in-person. That's cool. Let their kids be the guinea pigs. Bonus: it's likely they will have the virus spreading locally in full force around the elections with sweeping wins for Democrats.

A Yooper
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:22am

For sure!!!

water2Wine
Tue, 08/25/2020 - 11:16am

Hello Yooper, There are no "Yooper" school districts even listed in the governors list here.

Kevin
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 7:45pm

Children getting COVID-19 is a terrible thing to take joy in.

Anonymous
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 9:22pm

But they are immune to covid, no?

Marlene Augst
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 2:09pm

There are over 1/2 dozen studies WORLDWIDE that show kids CAN GO TO SCHOOL and be safe. AND PPE or masks aren't even necessary. Republican kids won't be guinea pigs, their parents know how to READ THE SCIENCE AND THE DATA.

mw
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 4:55pm

You mean like data coming out of Israel? Or how about closer to home and we look at what is going on with schools in Georgia.

Anonymous
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 9:22pm

LOL

Cee Cie
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 12:41pm

Worldwide? In countries where the spread of the virus is under control? As opposed to the US?

A Yooper
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 11:24am

I don't see any Upper Peninsula schools in the list.
Hmmm???
Better get a move on folks!!!

Nels Christopherson
Wed, 08/19/2020 - 9:12am

Who should get a "move on" is the biased reporting that thinks the LP IS ALL OF MI!!! Most if not all UP schools also have plans in place....

SkyGuide - Michael
Tue, 08/25/2020 - 11:23am

There are almost 600 school districts in Michigan; this list has fewer than 100 listed. It isn’t just the UP that isn’t reported on - the vast majority of districts in the state are not on this list. Whether the shortfall is due to schools not yet publicizing plans (not likely at this late date), or reporting that can’t keep the page updated, is an open question.

In either case, it’s disappointing that the headline oversells the article.

SkyGuide - Michael
Fri, 08/28/2020 - 10:03am

The list has been updated; now showing 120 districts (of the ~600 districts in the State). Better, but the list is still missing 80% of Michigan’s school districts.

Marilyn
Fri, 08/28/2020 - 4:37pm

I noticed when I looked for the towns near me, mostly farming communities, but also Ypsilanti which Ann Arbor blends into at areas. Ypsilanti wants to know.

Nerdolicious
Wed, 08/12/2020 - 2:44pm

I can't wait for the Biden/Harris mandate when we will make science-based decisions on the national level.

Nice uptick in the stock market now that Biden announced Harris as VP. November can't come fast enough!

Lake
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 7:17am

Reading some liberal comments here and just noticing how brainwashed some people are. If more people get the virus more people will be immune. Don't be afraid and think for yourself. My child be be in person and I sleep at night knowing she will not miss out on critcial years of development. If you think hiding in the house all day living off stimulus money and that the government actually cares about you, God Bless.

Nicole brown
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 3:35pm

I dont see marshall or Hillsdale schoolson the list

Ocean
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 9:25pm

Lake, I heard the virus will miraculously just disappear, unless the deep state stops the miracle.

Christel
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 9:23am

A lot of schools are missing from this list that are doing in-person and online. My 13 year old is the only child at home. It has been a difficult time since being sent home in March. She needs the interaction and structure especially from teachers. Plus both my husband and I work full-time so to try to be teacher and worker was the struggle this last spring on top of the different ways of teaching going on these days than when we were in school. My grandson also has a disability and has went way down hill in his learning since being sent home in the Spring. Not every kid needs to go to school but I am not going to judge anyone that does or doesn't send send their kid in-person or online. Each family has its own situations to handle. So possibly the Republican's might be pushing for in-person or the Democrats are pushing for online either way it comes down to the family and child. The single parents with full custody that have to go into work and yet find daycare for their kid if they only go part time in person and other days online. Not to mention all the day cares that have had to close. Its a no win situation for anyone. People need to keep their opinions of what other families should and shouldn't do to themselves, concentrate on their own family cause in the end you can't control what other people do. We most likely will shut down again but the kids the are not in a good home, don't have a normal home and have disabilities are the ones that will truly suffer from all of this and it won't be because they got the Covid either. We all have to try and do our part but we all have different mind sets and values. There is no such thing as perfect.

Anonymous
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 9:28pm

So how do all these people handle the summer when their children were home? Since when is homeschooling considered inadequate?

Cee Cie
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 12:38pm

Bravo!
School is not day care. Students will not be able to socialize in school. There will be no recess. More socialization would occur if a few close friends went to the park, masked up, social distanced & played together. Online learning is not ideal, but it is a situation that society will need to adapt to until COVID goes away or we get a vaccine. Seems it's fine for people from other professions to work from home to protect themselves & their families from COVID, but not teachers. I read that NFL players who want to opt out will receive a stipend between $150k & $300k depending on their situation, and most replies were positive..take care yourself & family, family comes first, blah, blah. Replies for teachers who want to protect themselves & their families by teaching online?...fire them & hire substitute teachers (even though there aren't any...huge shortage), teachers need to go back or quit, blah, blah. It's no wonder there is a massive teacher shortage, and many young people have no interest in going into the education field...No respect, low wages, too much work (the teacher's day does not end when the students leave).

CRB
Sun, 08/30/2020 - 4:15pm

The problem with the online option is not all of the state has high speed internet access. Paper packets can't be as good as instant feedback of online instruction and video interaction at least lets a teacher hear the young students still trying to sound out words. Granted most suburban areas probably have adequate affordable internet options with either DSL or cable internet, but the more remote areas and inner city ones are less likely (though I think Rocket Mortgage/Quicken Loans is helping Detroit fill the digital divide) https://www.quickenloans.com/press-room/2020/06/23/rocket-mortgage-class... other areas of the state will have students at a disadvantage since they don't have either any option or an affordable Internet option. A lot of McDonald's Restaurants have free Wi-Fi logos on their doors but have only drive thru open. Will the state provide extra money for mobile Wi-Fi hotspots to be added to cover lack of Internet access? Paper packets are better than nothing, but chances are those students will fall behind.

I see commercials for the free online learning options that existed before COVID (i.e. Michigan Connections (https://www.connectionsacademy.com/michigan-virtual-school) and k12.com), so the online option for those with good internet access and someone who can watch them/help them get online and complete tasks will be there for those who can afford it.

Hmm
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 9:53am

haven't seen any information on online learning for those without access to internet

Anonymous
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 9:29pm

The district has to provide it.

Diane
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 10:32am

An online newsletter that is all about Michigan—yet this article lacks reporting on any Upper Peninsula schools. Hello! We are neither part of WI or Canada.

Virus Rules
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 9:31pm

They'll all be online. Didn't you see the uptick in cases since everyone went to pictured rocks? Hope the money for the economy was worth it.

LH
Sat, 08/15/2020 - 2:33am

Percentagewise the increase in cases in the UP has been significant. But for the sake of perspective, when a county goes from five cases to 10, yes, that's a 100 percent increase. But the total number of cases is low, and there hasn't been a Covid-related death in the UP since May. Even with the increase in cases, on most days Covid hospitalizations across the UP have been in the single digits.

middle of the mit
Tue, 08/18/2020 - 8:01pm

LH,

You are willing to say that a small number of cases may mean a higher percentage, but you forget to take into account that there aren't a million people living in Upper Peninsula. That would mean that 1,000 cases down state or even in Northern MI aren't equal to what happens up there.

If a county that has less than 10,000 people has an increase of cases from 100 to 500 is just as, if not more relevant than a county that has 50,000 and goes from 1,000 cases to 5,000 cases.

You can twist and contort, but when cases are going up in rural areas, things are going to be bad. We aren't packed in like those who live downstate. But yet it spreads.

LH
Fri, 08/21/2020 - 2:19pm

As of yesterday (August 20), there were no counties of any size in the UP that had 200 cases or over, and some of the smaller counties were still in the single digits since the pandemic started. There hasn't been a Covid death in the UP since May. My comment was referring to percentage increase, and my point was that even a few cases here can result in a very high percentage increase, meaning that if one only looks at the percentage they aren't seeing the whole picture. A few days before I posted my comment I had seen a map where Schoolcraft County (less than 10,000 residents) had one of the highest percentage increases in Michigan, yet as of yesterday there were only 13 cases in the whole county.

Cee Cie
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 1:09pm

Not according to the Mountain Dew bottle. LOL. We could never let a place as beautiful as the UP go to WI or the Canadians!

LH
Sat, 08/15/2020 - 2:26am

Most school districts in the UP are just approving their plans. Since it had been anticipated that the state legislature would meet last week and potentially pass legislation that would have changed the landscape considerably, a lot of districts were holding off on approving their plans as long as possible. I would expect to see many more districts' information posted here in the next couple of days. BTW, most of the UP districts I am aware of will offer in-classroom instruction, with blended and fully online options.

Ted
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 11:05am

I read the the comments couldn't help myself and had to point out they are followed by a piece on Tampon tax... funny as hell just saying. Comment as you will I wont be back to read them just could not pass this one up LMAO!!!!!

Marlene Augst
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 2:07pm

JUST like the State, no acknowledgement of the people, students or needs of those who live North of I-69.

Anonymous
Thu, 08/13/2020 - 9:36pm

You should ask for a refund. LOL Just kidding, you obviously don't read Bridge much.

middle of the mit
Tue, 08/18/2020 - 8:12pm

If you read much of the States newspapers or online publications, not many of them cover Northern Michigan or the Upper Peninsula. This is the one reason that I started coming here. It was the one publication that tried to cover some of the things happening up here. It hasn't quite done that as of late, and sometimes gets things wrong, but at least they try.

If your area didn't have a response to their questioning, you can't blame Bridge.

Look to your local paper. They could use some love too.

Jonsnana
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 9:01am

Why is the Clawson School District not included?

water2Wine
Fri, 08/14/2020 - 12:03pm

No schools in the Upper Peninsula opening or even mentioned? For some we just don't exist. Unless they need a bribe payoff for an oil tunnel in the Straits of Mackinaw.

nick
Sat, 08/15/2020 - 6:12am

insanity is to repeat actions over and over again and expect different results.

Shagoss
Sat, 08/29/2020 - 2:04am

I see there is no mention of the spike from the CMU students returning in Mt. Pleasant with 300% increase in cases. They are partying and not wearing masks causing Isabella County to be the only red county in the state. Gretchen is worried about keeping gyms closed but not a college campus causing this virus to spread like wildfire. We're not from Detroit so it doesn't matter how many get sick up here. STAY AWAY FROM CENTRAL MICHIGAN AREA IF YOU VALUE YOUR HEALH!!!