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Saline Area Schools

Saline Area Schools says they’re ready to kick off the new school year next Tuesday, but, for now, will not allow students to make changes to the learning model format they selected for the fall. 


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

James Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Back to school plans continue to evolve due to our global health crisis with Eastern Michigan University making some last minute changes for the fall semester announced Monday, August 24th.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with EMU president Dr. James Smith, who details the changes and the impact on students and faculty.

University of Michigan
University of Michigan School of Information / si.umich.edu

There have been protests for several days this week outside the University of Michigan Administration Building by a group of faculty members, who say they have "no confidence" in the university's plan for some in-person learning this fall.  Professor Kentaro Toyama talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about organizing the protests and shares their concerns about health and safely teaching U-M students in person during a pandemic.

James Smith
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Classes begin at Eastern Michigan University on August 31st.  Because of COVID-19, it will be a different kind of campus experience.  EMU president Dr. James Smith joined WEMU's David Fair to highlight the plan and discuss the challenges of providing an education during a pandemic. 

Washtenaw ISD

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District will start its school year with online-only learning.

Ann Arbor Public Schools / a2schools.org

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. 

Saline Area Schools

Saline Area Schools plans to offer hybrid and remote learning options in the fall in addition to full-time, in-person instruction.  

Ypsilanti Community Schools

In addition to its virtual summer school, Ypsilanti Community Schools is now offering a new online summer learning program. 

Riverside Arts Center
Riverside Arts Center / riversidearts.org

This week, "Art and Soul" is about the local visual arts scene.  WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, executive director of CultureSource and Chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  They talk with Elisa Guyton, executive director of the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti, who has been working hard to keep the center connected to the community during a pandemic which began just a few months after she took over the job.

Online Class
LeanForward If / flickr.com

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the doors to school buildings are locked for the rest of this school year.  This is not a surprise.  It just makes permanent an earlier order that temporarily closed schools.  That was to buy time to come up with plans to address the rapid spread of the coronavirus.  But the governor says it won’t be safe anytime soon for students and teachers to return to school.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

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Saying they are always looking for ways to be creative, Gem Advocacy Group co-founders Dr. Benjamin Edmondson and Jason Gold launched an online reading series to help kids from elementary school age to high school engage in literacy, while all schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the Washtenaw County area men about their effort.


School districts across Washtenaw County are facing technological challenges to continue educating students as they stay at home.