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It’s been over a month now since Ann Arbor public school students have been back in the classroom as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor school superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift about the many challenges they are dealing with to keep kids still learning in the classroom despite the continuing global health crisis.


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The Delta variant of the coronavirus has led to a major increase in infections across the country. In response, many businesses and schools, including those in Washtenaw County, have reinstated policies requiring protective masks while indoors. Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the latest pandemic information and how it impacts us in our community.

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The plan is to open the doors to all Ann Arbor Public School district students later this month, August 30th. WEMU'S Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor school superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift about the current plans for reopening in a pandemic that include universal masking and "redesigned" before and after-school care for students.


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Ann Arbor Public Schools will fully resume in-person classes for the 2021-22 school year.


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Ann Arbor Public Schools is resuming COVID-19 testing of student athletes today.

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The Ann Arbor school district is preparing to join all the other districts in Washtenaw County  in offering in-person instruction later this month.  WEMU's Heather Irvine has more on the preparations that are underway.


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Ann Arbor Public Schools announced Wednesday, February 24, that it will resume a form of in-person learning by the end of March.

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Calling it "the second greatest, most significant contagious crisis in recent history," physician, professor, author, and director for the Center For The History of Medicine at the University of Michigan Dr. Howard Markel talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry.  He shares his perspective on where we are now in the pandemic compared to previous pandemics and how he sees it ending.


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Despite calls for the resumption of in-person learning in the Ann Arbor public school district during the ongoing pandemic and a March 1st recommendation to do so by the Governor, there is still no date set for that to happen in the district.  WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks with Ann Arbor Public Schools superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift about her current thoughts and plans for the district.


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A letter and petition is being presented to Ann Arbor school officials asking for a date for in-person learning to resume in the ongoing pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with one of the letter organizers, Dr. Kim Monroe, about the letter.


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A group of Ann Arbor parents, medical professionals, and community members are planning a rally for this weekend to show their support for getting students back into the classroom during the ongoing pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with group member and concerned parent Lena Kauffman about their continuing efforts to get students back in the classroom soon.


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This has been a challenging school year due to the pandemic for Michigan schoolchildren, but there is an Ann Arbor organization that works to bring "mindfulness" to students.

In this week's "Art and Soul," Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Rita Benn, co-founder and acting executive director of the "Michigan Collaborative For Mindfulness in Education" about how their program is more necessary than ever bringing tools and support to students and teachers.


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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk with Jenna Bacolor, executive director of Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Division, about the many community arts opportunities provided by the "Rec and Ed" department in the school district.


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Out of the 10 school districts that are part of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, only two currently offer in-person instruction options.  


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Local health experts say that school districts that are considering offering in-person instruction during the pandemic need to be ready to implement safety measures when they re-open their doors. 


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With an increase in COVID-19 cases, as of now, Ann Arbor Public Schools plans to continue using a virtual learning model.  


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Ann Arbor Public Schools continues to receive requests from many parents about options for in-person learning during the pandemic.  Meanwhile, the Washtenaw County Health Department is serving as a resource for the district as it continues to monitor the situation.  


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As both Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Ann Arbor Education Association continue to push for virtual learning during the pandemic, many parents are requesting in-person learning options.  


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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.


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The Ann Arbor public school district has been online only, offering a "virtual school day" since the school year began due to the coronavirus pandemic.  A group of parents calling themselves "Ann Arbor Reasonable Return" was formed to advocate for some type of in-person classroom teaching for some students.

Lisa Barry talks with one group member, Lilia Cortina, about their concerns and hopes for restoring some in person learning for students who are struggling learning online at home.


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The Ann Arbor Education Association continues to encourage Ann Arbor Public Schools to remain a virtual learning district during the pandemic.  


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Ann Arbor Public Schools have delayed the start of the winter high school sports season due to an increase of positive COVID-19 cases in the county and the state.  

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Ann Arbor Public Schools have asked the Michigan High School Athletic Association to delay the start of the winter high school sports season until after Thanksgiving.  

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A Black Students Matter protest will be held Saturday, October 24th at 1 p.m. outside of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor after a teacher was accused of creating a racial hostile environment for Black students.  

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The Ann Arbor Education Association sent a letter to Ann Arbor Public Schools encouraging the district to continue using a virtual learning model instead of in-person instruction.  

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Ann Arbor Public Schools says technical support will be available to all their students as they learn virtually from home this fall.  

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The parents of an Ann Arbor Skyline High School student, who was called a racial slur during a school tennis match with Saline High School last week, say more needs to be done to address racism at local school districts.  

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Starting next week, Ann Arbor Public Schools will start distributing technology devices that students need as part of their virtual learning for the fall.  

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With the help of the University of Michigan’s Civil Rights Litigation Initiative, a black student from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor filed a complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.  

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The coronavirus pandemic has made schools and universities across the country reconsider how to safely accomodate students.  The Ann Arbor school district determined the best way to keep students, staff, and teachers healthy is to begin the academic year with online classes.  Ann Arbor Public Schools superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift joined WEMU's David Fair with a look at the decision, its impact on students and families, and what needs to be done before the start of classes in September. 


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