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Despite harsh criticism, Detroit school board approves plan for in-person learning this fall

Michigan Radio |

DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said Detroit families wanted both options. “Online learning will work for some children and some families, and we will continue to provide that as an option,” he said. “But so is face-to-face instruction.”

“And for a lot of our children, a lot of our families, online learning is not an option, in order to be at grade level and to develop as whole children.”

But board members, who approved the plan unanimously, heard blistering criticism from teachers and parents who joined the online meeting via Zoom. Some blasted the district’s safety measures as inadequate, while others questioned whether they would be faithfully implemented. Others said that given the current state of the pandemic, it’s simply irresponsible to do in-person learning at all.