In person or online? Remote all year or just for a short time? Michigan parents have lots of questions to weigh as they make critical decisions about how their children will be educated for the upcoming school year.
Chalkbeat Detroit, WDET, and Metro Parent have assembled a team of experts to answer those questions during a virtual town hall Wednesday night.
There are just a few weeks to go before the official start of the 2020-21 school year on Sept. 8. (Some schools will begin the year even sooner.) Districts and charter schools have until the end of the week to turn in their reopening plans, which must detail how they’ll provide learning and how they’ll keep students safe in school buildings.
So far, many districts have opted to start the school year online, with plans to return to school buildings when they deem it’s safer to do so amid the COVID-19 crisis. Some are offering face-to-face instruction and others are offering a combination of face-to-face and online, with students coming to school buildings some days and learning from home other days.
Families are being given the option between learning in-person (when that begins), and learning online. In many cases, parents will be locked into the decisions they make for a semester, or even the full year.
How do you decide?
Come to the virtual town hall and ask the experts. The two-hour event begins at 7 p.m. and features two panel discussions. You’ll hear from local and state education leaders, and union leaders. You’ll also hear from experts on special education, preschool, homeschooling, online learning, and selecting schools.