Following last week’s controversial decision by the Ann Arbor school board to direct superintendent Jeanice Swift to develop a plan for a fully remote spring semester, pressure mounted from community members both for and against a return to in-person classes.
The board voted Wednesday to reopen classrooms starting March 25. Swift’s recommendation was propelled by the availability of rapid in-school testing and plans to vaccinate 1,200 elementary school teachers and staff this Saturday. AAPS is partnering with IHA and Michigan Medicine on the effort, and the health department is providing the vaccine out of this week’s allocation from the state. “This is really what we’ve been asking for and I am ecstatic that it is finally here,” said board member Rebecca Lazarus. MLive
The hybrid in-person and remote learning option will begin March 25 and 26 with the youngest students and those with specialized learning needs. Plans call for grades 1-2 to return on April 5, followed by grades 3-5 and a phased return of grades 6-12 on April 12.
Tickets dismissed in Chelsea BLM protest. Police ticketed twenty-nine people for obstructing traffic during a July march. Chelsea’s city council voted unanimously to request the police withdraw the tickets, and district court judge Anna Freshour dismissed them, citing protesters’ First Amendment rights. MLive
The redistricting process for county commissioners will be delayed until the census data is available, which is projected to be the end of September. Dexter Forum
Researchers at Michigan Medicine develop a screening tool that predicts teen suicide risk with 88 percent accuracy. The Computerized Adaptive Screen for Suicidal Youth is an electronic questionnaire presented to all teenaged emergency room patients. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among U.S. teens. Michigan Medicine
Washtenaw Community College received 1,193 applications for Michigan Reconnect, a state program that provides free in-district tuition for Michigan residents over twenty five who have not completed a college degree. The program also offers a tuition discount for students attending an out-of-district community college. michigan.gov
U-M student uses TikTok to raise $30,000 to build a school in Malawi. Simon Kim’s organization Keep it Wholesome is partnering with Build On to create a school in Mphasi that will serve 800 students. Click on Detroit
EMU renames its engineering and technology college to the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology. The change comes in recognition of over $20 million in donations to the university by alumni donor group GameAbove, including a $5 million gift to the college of engineering. EMU Today
FoolMoon rises in a new direction this year. Organizers are offering online costume- and luminary-making workshops, and a rainbow of light-filled installations will emerge downtown in late March. Instead of theFestifools parade, fans will be encouraged to Stroll and Roll past the displays. WonderFool Productions