Ann Arbor Public Schools to Return to In-Person Learning by March

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Students of Tappan Middle School. Image courtesy of Tappan Middle School’s Facebook.

After almost a year of virtual learning, Ann Arbor Public Schools will begin returning to in-person learning with a hybrid plan beginning March 25.

Last week, the Ann Arbor School Board hosted a tough meeting that left one question hanging over everyone’s heads: Will students be going back to in-person learning? On Wednesday, February 24, the board announced that it will support the return of hybrid learning.

The plan to return to in-person learning was presented by Superintendent Jeanice Swift and was approved in a 6-0 vote. With its approval, preschool, young fives, and kindergarten students will begin the hybrid learning format first starting March 25. Middle and high school students will also begin to phase into the hybrid format starting April 12.

This consensus was reached after receiving news that progress in vaccinating AAPS teachers was announced via a partnership with Michigan Medicine and IHA. This information was given on Tuesday, February 23.

The Washtenaw County Health Department has been working tirelessly with Michigan Medicine and IHA to vaccinate around 1,200 elementary educators on Saturday, February 27. Additionally, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has allowed AAPS to expand rapid testing for students and staff in school buildings.

Over the past few weeks, the AAPS has seen building pressure to return to in-school learning for the remainder of the year or to establish a target date for students to return. Last week, the board voted to have Swift present a plan to allow virtual learning for the remainder of the school year. The only exception was to have those with the greatest needs resume in-person learning. This left parents feeling unsure of what was to come. However, now the plan to go back to in-person instruction has begun.

For more information on the return to in-person learning, check out the AAPS website.