The more school officials tested, the more COVID cases they found among mostly asymptomatic students at Norwood Elementary in the western Upper Peninsula, underscoring the challenges schools face keeping kids in class amid omicron.
Keeping students in classrooms amid a volatile pandemic remains an all-consuming topic for school leaders. Children are suffering from years of disruption as districts weigh how to spend billions in additional federal dollars.
Scholarships for aspiring teachers and loan forgiveness for current educators won’t stop Michigan schools from closing now, but it could lessen the state’s teacher shortage long-term, says the state’s top school official
Michigan campuses had massive COVID outbreaks in the first year of the pandemic, which have been largely sidestepped this year. Officials are trying to be proactive amid the latest surge, with some going remote in January.
Trying to head off infections from the new omicron variant, the University of Michigan and MSU are mandating employees and students who were vaccinated more than six months ago to get booster shots as soon as possible.
1978 was an era of school fire drills, not active-shooter training. Former students and a teacher recall how unprepared Everett High School was when a 15-year-old shot and killed one classmate and injured another.
Education is required from ages 6-16. State Board member Tom McMillin says that after a deadly school shooting in Oxford it’s time to rethink that practice. Other state education leaders dismissed the suggestion.