Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is considering whether to shorten the quarantine period for asymptomatic students in an effort to keep more students in classrooms.
The Detroit Public Schools Community District is spending $70 million for COVID testing for students and staff.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who said she would “follow the science” on pandemic policy, is apparently not following the advice of her chief medical officer on school face mask mandates.
The stakes are high. Loads of data, in Detroit and beyond, show students who are learning remotely are struggling. In Detroit, for instance, absenteeism is up. So are failure rates.
A group of Detroit high school students who say they want to do their part to encourage more students to get the COVID-19 shot has launched a campaign to get young people vaccinated.
In a challenging year of pandemic learning, virtual field trips are becoming increasingly common as museum officials at the DIA and other cultural institutions pivot to provide opportunities for students to have a connection to the arts.
The Detroit board of education voted 3-2 Tuesday night to suspend all in-person learning in the district until the end of the school year, after several community members urged “just one member” to put the matter to a vote.
Linda Byrd had managed to keep her child care center running through nearly one year of the coronavirus pandemic when her state funding started to come up short.
For Detroit high school students, applying to college in a pandemic brings new concerns and questions about “the right path.”
Even without full attendance, Monday marked another step toward a pre-pandemic normal. An estimated 20,000 students were expected to report to school, or about 40% of the total. That’s about twice as many as last fall, when the district reopened classrooms until rising COVID-19 cases forced a suspension in mid-November.