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Whitmer’s ‘real-time’ school coronavirus outbreak data could be a week old

Whitmer’s ‘real-time’ school coronavirus outbreak data could be a week old

September 8, 2020 | Ron French, Robin Erb

Michigan will begin listing schools with outbreaks Monday, but disclosure is bogged down by testing delays and reporting lag times. Some fear the information will be so dated, it could be of little use to parents.

Betsy DeVos: Michigan can expect standardized tests, despite COVID-19

Betsy DeVos: Michigan can expect standardized tests, despite COVID-19

September 3, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan school leaders asked for a waiver from federal requirements for such tests because of the pandemic. DeVos said no, arguing that the pandemic makes it even more critical to measure and compare school performance.

Quesadillas, Netflix and silence in Central Michigan’s ‘COVID dorm’

Quesadillas, Netflix and silence in Central Michigan’s ‘COVID dorm’

September 2, 2020 | Robin Erb, Ron French

The hallways are deadly quiet. They can hear sounds from other rooms but don’t know who lives there, and can’t visit. Life in CMU’s COVID Dorm is an eerie, monotonous journey for two, now-separated roommates.

From CMU to tiny Adrian, COVID-19 keeps marching through Michigan colleges

From CMU to tiny Adrian, COVID-19 keeps marching through Michigan colleges

September 1, 2020 | Ron French

With coronavirus cases spiking on some campuses, colleges are adjusting to ‘the inevitable.’

Two weeks into classes, Central Michigan University has 178 COVID-19 cases

Two weeks into classes, Central Michigan University has 178 COVID-19 cases

August 31, 2020 | Ron French

The outbreak at the mid-Michigan public university started with off-campus parties. Now, there are cases in dorms, too.

8 new COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools, colleges. State won’t name them

8 new COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools, colleges. State won’t name them

August 31, 2020 | Ron French

There are now 14 new or ongoing coronavirus outbreaks in Michigan K-12 schools and colleges. Where are they? How many cases? The state still won’t provide that information.

Most Michigan students have option: Return to class or learn at home

Most Michigan students have option: Return to class or learn at home

August 28, 2020 | Ron French

About 8 in 10 Michigan K-12 school children can go back to school buildings this fall if they want; the majority also have the option of continuing to learn from home during the pandemic.

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

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

August 28, 2020 | Lori Higgins, Chalkbeat Detroit, Bridge Staff

A few dozen districts 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.

Deal to avoid Detroit teachers ‘safety’ strike would offer COVID-19 testing, hazard pay

Deal to avoid Detroit teachers ‘safety’ strike would offer COVID-19 testing, hazard pay

August 28, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

The Detroit district and the union had been at odds over safe working conditions for teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal comes about a week after union members voted to allow leadership to launch a safety strike if certain demands weren’t met.

Teachers: Michigan must improve transparency on COVID outbreaks at schools

Teachers: Michigan must improve transparency on COVID outbreaks at schools

August 27, 2020 | Robin Erb

State law gives schools wide discretion on whether to inform the public if there’s an outbreak. That must change, says a union representing 120,000 teachers and support staff.

COVID-19 at your Michigan school? Odds are, nobody is required to tell you.

COVID-19 at your Michigan school? Odds are, nobody is required to tell you.

August 26, 2020 | Robin Erb, Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

The governor’s office and state health officials have yet to identify schools with active coronavirus outbreaks. And under current state policy, there is no requirement of a public announcement.

Some Detroit schools are going all-remote if not enough teachers want to return to classrooms

Some Detroit schools are going all-remote if not enough teachers want to return to classrooms

August 24, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

School principals began asking teachers last week if they prefer to teach in person or remotely. Classes resume Sept. 8 for the district’s 51,000 students.

Health emergency declared as COVID spreads at Central Michigan University

Health emergency declared as COVID spreads at Central Michigan University

August 24, 2020 | Ron French

The COVID outbreak at CMU shows no signs of slowing, with the case count now at 54 among current students and 75 when counting others who were infected primarily at student gatherings.

Fear of COVID outbreaks forces Eastern Michigan University online — for now

Fear of COVID outbreaks forces Eastern Michigan University online — for now

August 24, 2020 | Ron French

Classes are moving online and dorms will remain shuttered for the first three weeks of school at EMU, while officials figure out how to adjust their reopening plans in light of coronavirus outbreaks at other colleges, including Central Michigan University.

Central Michigan started class Monday. By Friday: 38 coronavirus cases

Central Michigan started class Monday. By Friday: 38 coronavirus cases

August 21, 2020 | Ron French, Robin Erb

Michigan has already reported 14 school-related COVID-19 outbreaks. CMU’s appears to be another.

Detroit teachers vote to allow union leadership to call 'safety' strike over COVID concerns

Detroit teachers vote to allow union leadership to call 'safety' strike over COVID concerns

August 19, 2020 | Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit

The “yes” vote means union members could now walk if the district doesn’t abandon its plan to provide in-person learning to some students whose parents chose that option.

Data show most Michigan schools safe to reopen, but plans all over map

Data show most Michigan schools safe to reopen, but plans all over map

August 19, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Ron French

Coronavirus standards set by the CDC, WHO and Harvard point to most Michigan counties being safe for class. But a lack of specific state benchmarks means individual districts are left to wing it on their own.

MSU moves undergrad classes online, tells dorm residents to stay home

MSU moves undergrad classes online, tells dorm residents to stay home

August 18, 2020 | Ron French

With Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina facing COVID outbreaks after classes started on their campuses, MSU is switching to remote learning before students return to East Lansing.

What school restart deal means for Michigan parents, students and educators

What school restart deal means for Michigan parents, students and educators

August 15, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

A compromise schools plan approved by the Michigan Senate, and backed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, requires weekly check-ins between teachers and students, monthly board meetings to reaffirm instruction plans and offers some funding safeguards. Unions backed the deal, but some educators are upset it was rushed just before the start of school.  

Michigan colleges ‘nervous’ about COVID as students return, ready to party

Michigan colleges ‘nervous’ about COVID as students return, ready to party

August 14, 2020 | Paula Gardner

Students are returning to colleges throughout Michigan. That means partying is inevitable. But state, business and local leaders are working to find a way to ensure that doesn’t lead to coronavirus outbreaks.

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