There is more school-related news in the Wayne County Report for August 11, 2020, both on the local and international fronts.
During the first few months of the pandemic, Israel was praised for its response to COVID-19, but after the country reopened its schools, there was an influx of cases. Ari Kaplan, head of the Jerusalem Parents Association, reported there was one student who was a “super spreader,” which resulted in 150 other students and 25 teachers infected with the virus. Kaplan reported the school to have approximately 1,200 students. Soon after reopening, the school closed once again, while students and staff went into quarantine.
Locally, Dearborn and Northville made decisions for the fall schedule. The Dearborn Board of Education voted unanimously to begin the school year remotely for all students with face- to-face learning labs available for social-emotional and academic assistance. This decision is until October 1. The board will re-evaluate plans to re-open in September. Details on the scheduling, staffing and availability of Learning Labs is still forthcoming.
The Northville Public Schools is offering parents the option for children to attend school via full virtual learning or in-person during the 2020-21 school year. Students selected for in-person learning will transition after completing the district’s Virtual Start program. The program will run from September 8 through October 2 for all elementary, middle and high school students. Students selected for virtual learning will start their full semester online learning September 8.
Meanwhile, back to school will mean logging on and going online for students in at least three Oakland County districts. Students in the Rochester Community Schools, Berkley Schools, and Walled Lake Consolidated Schools will start classes this fall with remote learning, delaying in-person classes. Robert Shaner, superintendent of Rochester Community Schools, said the district has let science and data drive decisions throughout this coronavirus pandemic and, on Wednesday morning, said the district would delay in-person classes until October 1.
The countywide COVID-19 health data for August 10, 2020, indicated that Taylor had eight new confirmed cases, increasing this year’s total of 877. There were no deaths; the yearly total remains at 73.