Parents deal with first week of children without school due to coronavirus


COULD LAST UNTIL AUGUST AND THE
U.S. MAY BE HEADING INTO A U.S. MAY BE HEADING INTO A
RECESSION. RECESSION.
>>>IT’S THE BEGINNING OF A NEW>>>IT’S THE BEGINNING OF A NEW
NORMAL FOR PARENTS ACROSS THE NORMAL FOR PARENTS ACROSS THE
METRO DETROIT AREA WITH SCHOOLS METRO DETROIT AREA WITH SCHOOLS
CLOSED UNTIL NEXT MONTH. CLOSED UNTIL NEXT MONTH.
HOME LEARNING STARTED TODAY FOR HOME LEARNING STARTED TODAY FOR
MANY STUDENTS, BUT MANY SCHOOL MANY STUDENTS, BUT MANY SCHOOL
DISTRICTS ARE FACING DISTRICTS ARE FACING
LIMITATIONS. LIMITATIONS.
PAULA JOINS US. PAULA JOINS US.
AND IT’S NOT WHAT MANY PARENTS AND IT’S NOT WHAT MANY PARENTS
WERE EXPECTING. WERE EXPECTING.
>>Paula: NOT AT ALL.>>Paula: NOT AT ALL.
THINK ABOUT THE CORE CLASSES: THINK ABOUT THE CORE CLASSES:
ENGLISH, MATH, HISTORY AND ENGLISH, MATH, HISTORY AND
SCIENCE. SCIENCE.
IT’S CRITICAL THAT STUDENTS NOT IT’S CRITICAL THAT STUDENTS NOT
FALL BEHIND IN THESE AREAS. FALL BEHIND IN THESE AREAS.
AND EDUCATORS ADMITTING THEY’RE AND EDUCATORS ADMITTING THEY’RE
DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO
KEEP THEM ENGAGED AND LEARNING KEEP THEM ENGAGED AND LEARNING
AND ALSO TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY AND ALSO TO FIGURE OUT HOW THEY
CAN POSSIBLY MAKE ALL THIS WORK CAN POSSIBLY MAKE ALL THIS WORK
COUNT ONCE THEY GET IT GOING. COUNT ONCE THEY GET IT GOING.
THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THERE THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THERE
IS NO ONE SINGLE PLAN FROM THE IS NO ONE SINGLE PLAN FROM THE
STATE BECAUSE BY STATE LAW, STATE BECAUSE BY STATE LAW,
EVERY STUDENT IS ENTITLED TO THE EVERY STUDENT IS ENTITLED TO THE
SAME LEVEL OF EDUCATION, WHICH SAME LEVEL OF EDUCATION, WHICH
MEANS THOSE DISTRICTS THAT ARE MEANS THOSE DISTRICTS THAT ARE
PASSING OUT LEARNING PACKETS AND PASSING OUT LEARNING PACKETS AND
DOING ONLINE CLASSES ARE GETTING DOING ONLINE CLASSES ARE GETTING
WORK TO KEEP STUDENTS’ BRAINS WORK TO KEEP STUDENTS’ BRAINS
ENGAGED AND THE LEARNING MUSCLES ENGAGED AND THE LEARNING MUSCLES
NIMBLE AND ABLE, BUT THE CLASS NIMBLE AND ABLE, BUT THE CLASS
WORK IS ENRICHMENT AND NOT WORK IS ENRICHMENT AND NOT
NECESSARILY GRADABLE. NECESSARILY GRADABLE.
WE SPOKE TO SUPERINTENDENT RANDY WE SPOKE TO SUPERINTENDENT RANDY
LEAPA BY PHONE TODAY. LEAPA BY PHONE TODAY.
>>SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL PROVIDE>>SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL PROVIDE
REMOTE LEARNING BUT MAY NOT REMOTE LEARNING BUT MAY NOT
COUNT AS STRUCTURAL TIME FOR THE COUNT AS STRUCTURAL TIME FOR THE
STATE REQUIREMENTS AS IT RELATES STATE REQUIREMENTS AS IT RELATES
TO MANDATORY SCHOOL. TO MANDATORY SCHOOL.
IT MAY NOT BE MANDATORY AND IT MAY NOT BE MANDATORY AND
REQUIRED IN ORDER TO GET A GRADE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO GET A GRADE
IN THE CLASS OR COUNT AS IN THE CLASS OR COUNT AS
STRUCTURAL TIME. STRUCTURAL TIME.
>>Paula: THERE ARE 275,000>>Paula: THERE ARE 275,000
STUDENTS IN WAYNE COUNTY, OF STUDENTS IN WAYNE COUNTY, OF
WHICH 50% ARE ON FREE AND/OR WHICH 50% ARE ON FREE AND/OR
REDUCED BREAKFAST AND LUNCH REDUCED BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
PROGRAMS, WHICH CAN OFTEN BE AN PROGRAMS, WHICH CAN OFTEN BE AN
INDICATOR OF THE DIGITAL DIVIDE. INDICATOR OF THE DIGITAL DIVIDE.
LESS ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC LESS ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC
DEVICES AND INTERNET TO DEVICES AND INTERNET TO
PARTICIPATE IN REMOTE LEARNING. PARTICIPATE IN REMOTE LEARNING.
>>WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT>>WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT
EVERY STUDENT, EVERY SPECIAL EVERY STUDENT, EVERY SPECIAL
EDUCATION STUDENT AND GENERAL EDUCATION STUDENT AND GENERAL
EDUCATION STUDENTS HAVE THE SAME EDUCATION STUDENTS HAVE THE SAME
OPPORTUNITY. OPPORTUNITY.
>>Paula: IN ROYAL OAK, THE>>Paula: IN ROYAL OAK, THE
BLOOMFIELDS, SOUTHFIELD, BLOOMFIELDS, SOUTHFIELD,
ROCHESTER, AND THE LIKE, 46% OF ROCHESTER, AND THE LIKE, 46% OF
THEIR STUDENTS ARE ON FREE OR THEIR STUDENTS ARE ON FREE OR
REDUCED BREAKFAST AND LUNCH N REDUCED BREAKFAST AND LUNCH N
THIS DISTRICT, CHRIS WANTS TO THIS DISTRICT, CHRIS WANTS TO
KNOW WHAT ABOUT COLLEGE-BOUND KNOW WHAT ABOUT COLLEGE-BOUND
JUNIORS AND SENIORS WHO CAN’T JUNIORS AND SENIORS WHO CAN’T
JUST HAVE ENRICHMENT LEARNING JUST HAVE ENRICHMENT LEARNING
BUT NEED COLD HARD GRADES TO BUT NEED COLD HARD GRADES TO
ADVANCE? ADVANCE?
>>IT’S A DIFFERENT WORLD RIGHT>>IT’S A DIFFERENT WORLD RIGHT
NOW. NOW.
BECAUSE SINCE THEY’RE NOT IN BECAUSE SINCE THEY’RE NOT IN
SCHOOL, HOW IS THAT GONNA SET SCHOOL, HOW IS THAT GONNA SET
THEM UP FOR THE FUTURE AND GET THEM UP FOR THE FUTURE AND GET
THEM READY FOR COLLEGE. THEM READY FOR COLLEGE.
>>Paula: WE SPOKE TO OAKLAND>>Paula: WE SPOKE TO OAKLAND
SCHOOLS BY PHONE TODAY. SCHOOLS BY PHONE TODAY.
>>I WANT PARENTS AND STUDENTS>>I WANT PARENTS AND STUDENTS
TO KNOW THAT THE SUPERINTENDENTS TO KNOW THAT THE SUPERINTENDENTS
ARE STEADILY LOOKING AT THIS ARE STEADILY LOOKING AT THIS
ISSUE, EXPLORING, AND THAT’S WHY ISSUE, EXPLORING, AND THAT’S WHY
THEY MAY GET A MESSAGE TODAY THEY MAY GET A MESSAGE TODAY
THAT IT’S CHANGED TOMORROW. THAT IT’S CHANGED TOMORROW.
THE MORE INFORMATION THEY GET, THE MORE INFORMATION THEY GET,
THE MORE CHANGES THEY’RE MAKING THE MORE CHANGES THEY’RE MAKING
SO WE CAN MAKE THIS A SMOOTH SO WE CAN MAKE THIS A SMOOTH
INSTRUCTIONAL TIME FOR STUDENTS. INSTRUCTIONAL TIME FOR STUDENTS.
>>Paula: YEAH, WORK IN>>Paula: YEAH, WORK IN
PROGRESS, FOR SURE. PROGRESS, FOR SURE.
I TALKED TO A LOT OF I TALKED TO A LOT OF
DECISIONMAKERS TODAY, AND ONE DECISIONMAKERS TODAY, AND ONE
THING THAT SEEMED TO BE A REAL THING THAT SEEMED TO BE A REAL
TALKING POINT IS THAT THEY’RE TALKING POINT IS THAT THEY’RE
LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAKE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO MAKE
STUDENTS WHOLE AND TO HOLD THEM STUDENTS WHOLE AND TO HOLD THEM
HARMLESS IF THEY’RE NOT ABLE TO HARMLESS IF THEY’RE NOT ABLE TO
ACTUALLY GET GRADES. ACTUALLY GET GRADES.
OF COURSE, KAREN, THAT BRINGS UP OF COURSE, KAREN, THAT BRINGS UP
THE WHOLE QUESTION, EVEN THOUGH THE WHOLE QUESTION, EVEN THOUGH
THEY MAY BE ABLE TO PASS THEY MAY BE ABLE TO PASS
STUDENTS, DO THEY HAVE THE CORE STUDENTS, DO THEY HAVE THE CORE
COMPETENCY TO COMPETE GLOBALLY COMPETENCY TO COMPETE GLOBALLY
WITHOUT THIS LEARNING? WITHOUT THIS LEARNING?
AGAIN, HEADS EXPLOD AS THEY TRY AGAIN, HEADS EXPLOD AS THEY TRY
TO FIGURE THIS OUT. TO FIGURE THIS OUT.
>>Karen: AND WE’RE JUST AT THE

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