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Detroit public schools stop in-person learning through May

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The Detroit Public Schools borough extends its personal class break until next month as COVID-19 cases rise.

The Board of Education voted on an expanded plan during a special session Thursday, the district said in a statement.

The changes mean that the district “will stay face-to-face on recess until at least the board meeting in May while the district continues to monitor infection rates,” the statement said.

The next board meeting will take place on May 11th.

District learning centers are slated to open April 26 for special education students and others in need of personal assistance, the district said. “Additionally, students wishing to take state tests can do so in the buildings.”

The plan also allows “teachers who want to go into the classroom to teach students the opportunity to do so provided they have students whose families want to teach,” the district said.

The district had given students a three-week long distance learning break during the spring break, which ends April 23.

During a meeting on Tuesday, a board member moved to end face-to-face learning for the remainder of the school year. However, since two members were absent, the 3-2 vote failed, the district said.

The board members could not be reached for comment on Thursday evening.

On Thursday, Michigan added 6,303 new COVID-19 cases and 112 deaths as the state led the nation in new infections and hospitalizations for two weeks.

Last week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged Michigan high schools to suspend personal tuition and youth sports for two weeks, and urge guests not to eat at restaurants during the same period to combat the boom.

The state has been tracking 1,152 active outbreaks as of last week, including 48 new school outbreaks in educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and school administration buildings.

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