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Ann Arbor School Superintendent Doesn't See A Return To In-Person Teaching Anytime Soon

Dec 1, 2020

Ann Arbor Skyline High School
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Ann Arbor school superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift says they are continuing to reevaluate and reconsider the pandemic situation and possible impact on in-person learning every day.  She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about navigating the school district through a global health crisis and responds to a group of parents pushing for some students to return to in-person learning.


Ann Arbor Public Schools superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift
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Despite calls by some Ann Arbor public school parents to get kids back in the classroom despite the ongoing pandemic, the district superintendent says she doesn’t see that happening anytime soon.

She says she hears the concerns and challenges many students and their families are experiencing with online classes but says the district’s social workers, psychologists, and counselors have been on the job every day doing everything they possibly can to support them.

Calling it “an impossible situation,” the Ann Arbor school superintendent said she doesn’t see a quick return to the classroom as the rate of COVID cases continues to surge both locally and statewide.

Dr. Swift says they receive frequent updates from county and state public health officials about the number of COVID cases, and that will impact any decision that will be made to bring students back inside the classroom.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu