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Dearborn and Dearborn Heights parents and teachers adjust to homeschooling children as schools shut down

Whitmore-Bolles Elementary School in Dearborn promptly locked down after classes were dismissed on March 11 following the announcement that a staff member had been exposed to COVID-19. Two days later, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a state-wide mandate by which all public, private and boarding schools must be shut down for at least three to four weeks. The impact was perhaps hardest felt by the teachers at Whitmore-Bolles who were locked out of their classrooms due to the massive cleaning and sanitizing effort that immediately went into action. Unable to access books, notes and other materials left in their classrooms, teachers relied on what they had available, on web-based materials and each other to assemble the virtual lesson plans.

Two districts, two very different plans for students while school is out indefinitely

Every elementary school student in Glastonbury was sent home with an iPad on the day Connecticut’s governor declared a “public health emergency” to blunt the spread of the coronavirus. On it were all the learning platforms students would need to resume learning online. Students without internet access at home were provided a connection by the district. A few days later classes for this suburban town’s nearly 6,000 students went virtual. That morning, Molly Willsey’s first graders logged onto their iPads just after 9 a.m. and started their school day. In one of Connecticut’s poorest cities, however, the transition hasn’t been nearly as seamless. In Bridgeport, where one out of every 26 public school students in the state attend school, some children were sent home with with worksheets and assignments, but this was an effort by individual teachers and not a coordinated approach by the district. Many of Bridgeport’s students went home empty-handed.

First Book Aims To Get Seven Million Books to Students in Need

First Book, a national nonprofit that gets books, education materials, and other life essentials to children in need has a new, immediate mission — get seven million books to kids whose schools are closed but don't have books at home or internet access.

National Spelling Bee called off because of coronavirus

The Scripps National Spelling Bee won’t be held as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus. Scripps announced its decision Friday morning, citing recommendations against large gatherings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ongoing state of emergency in Maryland.