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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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All across Michigan, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge. More cases and hospitalizations have been reported, while hospital staff members are leaving in protest of vaccine mandates. As the colder months are upon us, state health departments need to adapt. Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia gives a local perspective on these developments with WEMU's David Fair.

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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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Despite limited supplies, distribution of the coronavirus vaccine is increasing locally.  Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the latest information and what it means to you. 

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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.


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.


Eastern Michigan University began in-person instruction for the fall semester on Monday.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan was there as students returned to classrooms and has the story.

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The start of Eastern Michigan University's fall semester has been most unusual due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Initially, most classes were conducted online, but, starting today, additional courses will be done in person.  EMU President Dr.  James Smith joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss education at EMU during a pandemic. 

EMU Will Begin In-Person Instruction Today

Sep 21, 2020

Eastern Michigan University will begin in-person instruction Monday for the fall semester.