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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.

Gov. Whitmer, GOP near deal on Michigan school reopenings amid pandemic

Gov. Whitmer, GOP near deal on Michigan school reopenings amid pandemic

August 13, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan school districts would have the ability to choose in-person, remote or hybrid instruction this fall under a plan being negotiated by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature.

Michigan schools already planning for likely ‘rolling closures’ from COVID

Michigan schools already planning for likely ‘rolling closures’ from COVID

August 7, 2020 | Ron French

School closures in other states have Michigan education leaders preparing for what they say are inevitable closures and quarantines this fall.

Michigan school leaders: We need answers from Lansing now to open

Michigan school leaders: We need answers from Lansing now to open

August 6, 2020 | Ron French

Michigan schools are creating reopening plans for the fall during the coronavirus pandemic with little guidance from the state about what is required, and how they’ll be funded.

With deadline looming, MSU students debate returning to campus amid COVID

With deadline looming, MSU students debate returning to campus amid COVID

August 4, 2020 | Ron French

Will 18-year-olds eager for a college experience opt to stay home to be safe? Michigan State University is about to find out.

Poll: Half of Michigan says their schools aren’t safe during COVID-19

Poll: Half of Michigan says their schools aren’t safe during COVID-19

August 4, 2020 | Ron French

Despite planned safety protocols in schools, half of residents surveyed aren’t sold on the notion of returning children to classroom settings in the midst of a global pandemic. Thirty-six percent said schools would be safe, a drop since earlier polling.

Michigan State to students: With classes online, maybe you should stay home

Michigan State to students: With classes online, maybe you should stay home

August 3, 2020 | Ron French

MSU said in May it would reopen its campus in the fall. But rising coronavirus cases have led university officials to encourage students to take their classes online from their homes.

Court releases Michigan teen detained over homework amid pandemic

Court releases Michigan teen detained over homework amid pandemic

July 31, 2020 | Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica Illinois

Grace’s story, first published by ProPublica Illinois, prompted outrage and debate across the country. Though a judge refused to set the girl free, the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered her immediate release from a juvenile detention facility in Detroit.  

Are Michigan schools safe to reopen? Here’s what science and doctors say

Are Michigan schools safe to reopen? Here’s what science and doctors say

July 30, 2020 | Ron French

Some schools say classrooms aren’t safe, and others are hanging up the welcome sign (albeit with plenty of face masks). It’s confusing even for epidemiologists.

 Q&A: Michigan Teacher of the Year is ‘terrified’ about school amid COVID

Q&A: Michigan Teacher of the Year is ‘terrified’ about school amid COVID

July 29, 2020 | Eve Washington

Michigan’s newly crowned Teacher of the Year is passionate about helping children, and he thinks it would help them to stay home this fall to lower the risks of the coronavirus.

Michigan superintendent: Don’t force schools to resume in-person classes

Michigan superintendent: Don’t force schools to resume in-person classes

July 28, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Michigan districts are up against it to decide fall plans, and officials are worried that some will poach neighboring students. Superintendent Mike Rice wants to avoid that by freezing enrollment counts that are used to determine funding.

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