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>>> AS WE REARRANGED OUR LIVES >>> AS WE REARRANGED OUR LIVES TO ACCOMMODATE AN UN- VIRUS — UNINVITED VIRUS, FEW ASPECTS WERE UNTOUCHED FROM VISITING GRANDPARENTS TO TOILET PAPER EVERYTHING WAS IN AND OF PEOPLE SUCH AS THE EDUCATION SYSTEM SUCH AS THE EDUCATION SYSTEM THE CORONAVIRUS WAS TO SCHOOL THAT’S RIGHT COOL FOR SCHOOL TEACHERS, PARENTS AND STUDENTS WERE LEFT SCRAMBLING, THREE MONTHS OF IMPROVISATION PUT A MONTHS OF IMPROVISATION PUT A TWIST ON THE CONCEPT OF SUBSTITUTE TEACHING, SHELLED SPORTS SEASONS AND CANCELED PROBLEMS AND STRANGE VIRTUAL GRADUATIONS GOT A LOT OF ATTENTION BUT IT WAS MORE THAN THAT WHAT WAS THE IMPACT ON LEARNING WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO THE KIDS PSYCHE AND THEIR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT WE TURNED THE CORNER TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR END THOSE QUESTIONS LINGER FRUSTRATIONS ERUPT OVER A LACK OF ANSWERS AND OVER DIVISIONS FOR THE BEST WAY FORWARD TONIGHT THE ANSWERS WE CAN FIND AS OF AUGUST 13, 2020 WE WILL GO TO HEALTH CLASS WHAT IS THE LATEST MEDICAL ADVICE HOME AT, WHAT ARE WORKING PARENTS TO DO WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THE DIGITAL DIVIDE WILL WE ATTEMPT STUDY HALL, HOW DO WE MAKE SURE KIDS ARE DO WE MAKE SURE KIDS ARE LEARNING AND, WE HAVE CALCULUS OUT IN THE WORLD WILL BE EQUITABLY FUND THE SCHOOLS IN THE SHUFFLING PANDEMIC NOT ALL SCHOOLS ARE READY TO OPEN BUT OURS IS IT WAS OUR — IT IS OUR LIVE TOWN HALL ON CLICK ON DETROIT >> GOOD EVENING AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THE EDUCATION FOR ALL TOWN HALL WE DO HAVE A ZOOM SCREEN FULL OF MAJOR DECISION-MAKERS WHEN IT COMES TO HOW YOUR CHILDREN WILL RETURN TO LEARN THIS FALL THIS IS A CRUCIAL WEEK THE CALENDAR SAYS THEY HAVE UNTIL SATURDAY TO TURN INTO THEIR BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLANS WITH A HABIT ON SO FRIDAY THIS IS THE 11th HOUR FOR THE DISTRICTS >> LET’S FIRST CONSIDER THE NUMBERS AS UP-TO-DATE THE STATE NUMBERS AS UP-TO-DATE THE STATE OF MICHIGAN HAS HAD 90,900 — 90,392 CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19, 6,289 MICHIGAN’S HAVE DIED FROM THE VERY SPIRIT AS THE DISEASE CONTINUES TO SPREAD MANY ARE TRYING TO GET ANSWERS TO THE BASIC QUESTIONS SUCH AS EDUCATION >> IF YOU GO TO THE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, YOUR FIRST DAY STARTS 20 DAYS AROUND DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS, EASY FOR ME TOO SAY, YOUR START DATE IS 25 DAYS WHETHER YOU ARE IN ANN ARBOR OR SOUTHFIELD AND YOU START THE SCHOOL REMOTELY YOU DO HAVE IN PERSON OPTIONS THAT WE KNOW YOU HAVE QUESTIONS >> INSTEAD OF HOPING YOU CAN PUT TOGETHER THE INFORMATION YOURSELVES WE WILL GIVE YOU ACCESS TO THE DECISION-MAKERS WE HAVE BEEN COLLECTING YOUR QUESTIONS AND WE WILL TAKE THEM DIRECTLY TO THE SOURCE >> SO YOU CAN SEE WE ARE REALLY ESTING THE INPUTS OF HOW ESTING THE INPUTS OF HOW YOU CAN GET ON ONE ZOOM SCREEN FIRST LET ME MENTION THE SUPERINTENDENTS THAT WE HAVE JOINING US SPIRIT THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM DR. WANDA COOK ROBINSON, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF OAKLAND SCHOOLS AND MICHAEL, THE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT WE ALSO HAVE WITH US, AND WE WILL GO TO HIM THROUGHOUT THE EVENING, BECAUSE AS THE QUESTIONS COME IN WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE GOING TO THE SOURCE BEST SUITED TO ANSWER IT REPRESENTATIVE PAM IS HERE SHE IS IN THE HOUSE AND WE REPORTED EARLIER AT THE SENATE GOING BACK TO SPECIAL SESSION ON SATURDAY ON WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD FORCE IN SCHOOL LEARNING >> ALSO THE DETROIT FEDERATION OF TEACHERS AND OUR VERY OWN IS HERE AS WELL THEY ARE ALL HERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS LET ME START WITH DR. NIKOLAI GIVE ME A THOUGHT ABOUT WHERE WE STAND RIGHT NOW FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE AS YOU WATCH THE ENTIRE SYSTEM TRYING TO COME TOGETHER THEIR OWN ANSWERS WILL THAT WORK CAN EVERYONE MOVE AT THE SPEED CAN EVERYONE MOVE AT THE SPEED THEY WANT TO >> THAT EVENING AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME I LOOK FORWARD TO THE I LOOK FORWARD TO THE CONVERSATION NONE OF THIS IS EASY, I’VE BEEN

DOING THIS FOR 20 YEARS AND I HAVE NEVER FACED SOMETHING AS CHALLENGING AS THIS AS A PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL NONE OF THIS IS IDEAL WE DO HAVE SO MANY CONTRADICTORY GUIDELINES FROM THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVEL THERE IS GREAT EXCITING AND FEAR AMONGST THE EMPLOYEES, OUR FAMILIES, BUT I CAN ONLY SPEAK FAMILIES, BUT I CAN ONLY SPEAK FOR THE PSD TO CREATE A PLAN THAT EMPOWERS PARENTS TO MAKE THE DECISIONS THEY THINK ARE BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN AS FAR AS FACE-TO-FACE AND ONLINE OBVIOUSLY IF THE GOVERNOR AT ANY POINT FIELD THAT THE NUMBERS ARE TOO HIGH TO OPEN SCHOOLS THEN WE WILL ABIDE BY THAT THAT GOES FOR THE STATE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS IF EITHER ENTITY, WHICH IS THE EXPERTS IN THIS SITUATION SAY IT IS TOO DANGEROUS TO OPEN SCHOOLS THEN WE WILL ABIDE BY THAT I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE DISTRICT IS NIMBLE AND FLEXIBLE SO WE CAN MOVE ACCORDINGLY BASED SO WE CAN MOVE ACCORDINGLY BASED ON THE GUIDANCE REQUIREMENTS PUT FORTH BY THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT >> I’D LIKE TO GO TO DR. WANDA COOK ROBINSON WHO IS A SUPERINTENDENT OUR CURIOUS TO KNOW, YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS AND ALL OF THIS THOUGHT PROCESS AND ALL OF THIS BECAUSE WE ARE THAT CLOSE >> YOU NOTE THIS IS A SHIFTING LANDSCAPE A WEEK AGO I COULD HAVE SO DREW THE MAJORITY OF SCHOOLS IN OAKLAND COUNTY WOULD START FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION BUT A WEEK LATER THE MAJORITY ARE WEEK LATER THE MAJORITY ARE DOING VIRTUAL WHAT WE ARE FINDING IS THAT ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL THE COMMUNITIES HAVE DIFFERENT THE COMMUNITIES HAVE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF RISK IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND EACH COMMUNITY, IN OAKLAND, HAS SURVEYED THEIR COMMUNITY, THEY HAVE SPOKE WITH THEIR TEACHING STAFF AND IT IS THOSE COMPONENTS THAT HAS HELPED THEM TO MAKE A DECISION ON HOW THEY NEED TO START SCHOOL >> LET ME BURYING DOCTOR RANDY IN WHEN YOU ALL TALK WITH EACH OTHER, AND I KNOW A LOT OF THE CONVERSATIONS I’VE BEEN GOING ON DO YOU FIND YOURSELVES ALL IN GENERAL AGREEMENT ARE — OR ARE THERE SHARP DIVISIONS THAT MAY BE TEARING APART A UNIFORMED APPROACH >> ACTUALLY THE AGREEMENT IS ON THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE HEAR FROM EVERYONE IN THE FIELD AND THEY WANT THE KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL THAT IS 1st AND FOREMOST IT WILL PROVIDE THE BEST EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS AND IT ACTUALLY, THAT IS UNIVERSAL WHERE THERE IS A DIFFERENCE AND IT IS WHAT DOCTOR COOK ROBINSON SAID, WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR SAID, WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT A SAFETY GUIDELINE THAT WAS IDENTIFIED AT THE STATE LEVEL SO I THINK THE REAL STRUGGLE FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAS BEEN THEY WANT TO GET KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL IN EVERY WAY THEY CAN, BUT THEY JUST CAN’T IMPLEMENT THE SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE OUTLINED THROUGH THE ROADMAP AND OUTLINED THROUGH THE ROADMAP AND THAT IS WHERE THEY ARE STRUGGLING >> I’VE HAD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENTS INCLUDING MICHAEL DEVAULT MICHAEL DEVAULT WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO WEIGH IN FOR THIS PART OF THE ROUND TABLE >>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE IT IS A REAL DELIGHT TO BE HERE IT IS A REAL DELIGHT TO BE HERE I HAVE SIMILAR COMMENTS I WILL ANSWER THIS WAY WE HAVE UNITY IN THE COUNTY, EVERYONE HAS BEEN WORKING TO FIND SOLUTIONS WE HAVE EXPLORED ALL OF THE OPTIONS AND TRY TO INCLUDE EVERYONE IN THE DISCUSSION WE HAVE GOTTEN GREAT COOPERATION WE HAVE PURCHASED PPE FOR THE STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT NOW WE HAVE HAD GREAT CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR LOCAL DOCTOR, I WOULD WITH OUR LOCAL DOCTOR, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY IT IS THE SAME KIND OF SITUATION TRYING TO FIND THE RIGHT BALANCE IN TRYING TO DO HYBRID AND REMOTE OPTIONS WE ARE ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR THE EMPLOYEES AND HOW WE CAN GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE WHAT THEY CAN IN THIS SITUATION >> WE IN THE NEWSROOM TALK ABOUT

EVERY DAY IS LIKE TRYING TO TAKE A SIP OUT OF THE FIREHOSE EVERY DAY THERE’S A NEW STUDY, DR. NIKOLAI VITTI I AM CURIOUS DR. NIKOLAI VITTI I AM CURIOUS IF YOU FIND YOUR OPINION OF WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING CHANGE DAY BY DAY OR HAS IT STAYED FAIRLY CONSISTENT IT’S BEEN CONSISTENT I THINK WE ARE STILL WAITING CLARITY FROM THE STATE CLARITY FROM THE STATE THAT IS REGARDING FUNDING, A POSSIBLE REQUIREMENT FOR FACE-TO-FACE LOOKING AT HOW ATTENDANCE WILL BE TAKEN, AND I ATTENDANCE WILL BE TAKEN, AND I THINK THOSE ARE SOME OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT QUESTIONS BUT I THINK THE DATA WE ARE LOOKING AT IS THE INFECTION RATE IN THE CITY’S SO AFTER A SEVEN DAY AVERAGE GOING INTO SATURDAY WE WERE AT A GOING INTO SATURDAY WE WERE AT A 2.7 INFECTION RATE AND MOST EXPERTS ARE SAYING ANYWHERE BETWEEN 5-10 IS TOO HIGH THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS HAVE SAID THE SCHOOLS SHOULD NOT OPEN IF IT’S BEYOND 5% THAT IS THE NUMBER WE ARE LOOKING AT CLOSELY IF I WERE IN MIAMI RIGHT NOW OR A SCHOOL DISTRICT IN FLORIDA I WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE CALLING FOR THE CLOSURES OF SCHOOLS THAT RATE IS TOO HIGH BUT AT SOME LEVEL, WE HAVE TO BE CONSISTENT IF WE ARE GOING TO USE SCIENCE MOST SCIENCE WILL SAY IF YOU SAY IN GENERIC TERMS YOU SHOULD NOT FULLY OPEN SCHOOLS AND YOU SHOULD NOT FULLY CLOSE THEM RIGHT NOW BUT I WOULD SAY DIRECTLY THE INFECTION RATE NUMBER IS WHAT WE ARE KEEPING OUR EYE ON RIGHT NOW OUR EYE ON RIGHT NOW >> DR. WANDA COOK-ROBINSON DO YOU FIND YOURSELF HOPPING FROM IDEAS OR HAVE YOU FOUND A CONSISTENT SORT OF WAY TO LOOK AT THIS >> I’M SORRY THIS WAS FOR DR. WANDA COOK-ROBINSON >> DID WE LOSE OUR? >> I’M SORRY RANDY LET ME LET YOU WEIGH IN ON IT YOU WEIGH IN ON IT IS THE DATA THAT WE ARE BEING GIVEN EVERY DAY IS IT PROBLEMATIC OR HELPING YOU MAKE DECISIONS >> IS PROBLEMATIC BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH OUT THERE THAT PEOPLE WANT TO HANG ONTO THEIR OWN SET OF DATA THAT THEY THINK IS IMPACTFUL BUT YOU KNOW FROM A BIG PICTURE STANDPOINT THE ISSUE IS, IN WAYNE COUNTY WE ARE HIGHER WITH THE PERCENTAGE THAT DR. NIKOLAI VITTI SAID WHEN YOU GET CLOSE TO THAT, AGAIN THE CHALLENGE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, THAT I HAVE IS CAN WE IMPLEMENT THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE ROADMAP TO REALLY MAKE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE WE HAVE THE RIGHT THINGS IN PLACE SO IF WE ARE NEAR FIVE OR BELOW FIVE, THAT NUMBER WILL FLUCTUATE AND IT IS HARD TO OPEN OR CLOSE SCHOOLS BASED ON THAT SO THEY OUR FOCUS ON WILL WE HAVE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT AS WE MONITOR THAT GOING FORWARD THAT HAS BEEN THE BIG STRUGGLE EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT WHEN YOU LOOK AT A CHEMIST — MY CAMPUS WITH 6,000 STUDENTS AND THREE HIGH SCHOOLS RIGHT NEXT TO THREE HIGH SCHOOLS RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER, AND YOU GO TO ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THEY HAVE BORJA 50 STUDENTS, THEY ARE TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ISSUES THAT IS WHAT YOU SEE VARIANCES THAT IS WHAT YOU SEE VARIANCES FROM SCHOOL DISTRICTS BUT AT ISSUE, CAN THEY IMPLEMENT SAFETY REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE OUTLINED IN THE ROADMAP >> VERY DIFFICULT RIGHT NOW TO BE A SUPERINTENDENT SO WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS, JUST THE INFORMATION >> MY JOB, EASY TO WHAT PARENTS >> MY JOB, EASY TO WHAT PARENTS HAVE TO DO, VERY EASY WE HAD A MEETING LAST NIGHT WHERE SOME TEACHERS GAVE A PRESENTATION AND TALKED ABOUT PRESENTATION AND TALKED ABOUT THE DIFFICULTIES OF HAVING TO GO BACK TO THE CLASSROOM AND THEIR CONCERNS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD I HAD SPECIAL-NEEDS PARENTS WHO WORK BEGGING AND TALKING ABOUT THE NEED TO HAVE THEIR STUDENTS SERVICE SO MY JOB IS EASY COMPARED TO THE BURDEN THAT THEY HAVE OR A SINGLE PARENT MOTHER TRYING TO SINGLE PARENT MOTHER TRYING TO GET EDUCATION FOR A KID WITH ANY KIND OF LEARNING DISABILITIES THIS JOB IS EASY RIGHT HERE COMPARED TO WHAT THE PARENTS ARE FACING IN THE METROPOLITAN AREA >> BUT WE CAN’T LEAVE OUT THE TEACHERS, WE DO HAVE REPS FROM THE UNIONS, THE DETROIT FEDERATION OF TEACHERS REPRESENTS MORE THAN 2,000 TEACHERS I WANT TO START WITH YOU YOU HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATING A NEW CONTRACT THAT IS, SUPPOSED TO INCLUDE A COVID-19 BECAUSE WHAT SHOULD PARENTS KNOW TODAY ABOUT THAT? ABOUT THAT? ME PART OF THE CONVERSATION

WE ARE IN TALKS, NOT ONLY ABOUT COVID-19 RETURN BUT ABOUT, COVID-19 RETURN BUT ABOUT, RENEWING OUR CONTRACT FOR THE NEXT COMING YEAR AND WHILE THE TALKS ARE GOING SLOW, WE HAVE BEEN MAKING PROGRESS IN MANY AREAS OBVIOUSLY IT REMAINS A CHALLENGE B-UPPERCASE-LETTER RETURN AND HOW DO WE DO IT SAFELY HOW DO WE DO IT SAFELY HOW DO WE ENSURE EVERYONE THAT THERE IS A REASONABLE ASSURANCE, THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE CDC AND OTHER ENTITIES WILL BE UPHELD HOW DO WE ENSURE THAT WE HAVE PROPER PPE AND THERE ARE CLEANING PRODUCTS PROVIDED TO THE TEACHERS THE TEACHERS THERE WAS A — HOW DO WE ENSURE THERE IS PROPER VENTILATION AND THE BUILDINGS HAVE MADE NATIONAL NEWS IN THE PAST WITH VERY POOR NEWS IN THE PAST WITH VERY POOR VENTILATION AND OTHER ISSUES WE KNOW THERE BEEN SOME OTHER IMPROVEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN IMPROVEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE AND SO WITH ALL OF THAT, IT REMAINS WITH MANY OF OUR STAFF REMAINS WITH MANY OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES, THERE IS LITERALLY A FEAR OF RETURNING TO FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION IN THE FALL >> AND I KNOW PAULA WHO REPRESENTS THE MAJORITY OF THE TEACHERS MORE THAN 120,000, WHAT ARE THEY TELLING YOU ABOUT THESE VARIOUS BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLANS AND HOW THEY WILL AFFECT ACTUAL HOW THEY WILL AFFECT ACTUAL LEARNING AND STUDENT RETENTION >> THANK YOU PAULA FOR THE QUESTION I APPRECIATE BEING HERE IT VARIES FROM AREA TO AREA BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE ARE HEARING IS BEING PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLANS THAT EACH SCHOOL SYSTEM IS PUTTING FORWARD WE REPRESENT 1100 LOCALS IN 550 SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND ALL 83 COUNTIES OF MICHIGAN WHAT MADE BE TRUE THERE MAY NOT BE TRUE IN SOUTHFIELD WHAT MAY BE TRUE IN ONE MAY NOT BE TRUE IN OTHER AREAS SO WE REALLY BELIEVE IN THE PROCESS WE HAVE EMPOWERED OUR LOCAL LEADERS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PART OF THE PROCESS SUBJECTS OF BARGAINING SO THEY HAVE TO BE ENGAGED IN THE CONVERSATIONS NOT ONLY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF MEMBERS BUT THE COMMUNITIES WHICH THEY SERVE THESE ISSUES ARE NOT BEING TAUGHT OF AND VALUING THE FACT THAT TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS AND EDUCATION SUPPORT WHO REPRESENT THE GROUP, WHETHER YOU ARE AN EDUCATOR IN THE KITCHEN OR ON EDUCATOR IN THE KITCHEN OR ON THE BUS OR MAINTENANCE, THAT YOU HAVE FAMILIES TOO AND IF YOU ARE GOING TO WORK EVERY DAY, OR EVERY OTHER DAY IF IT IS A BLENDED LEARNING PLANS THAT YOU ARE GOING HOME TO FAMILIES YOURSELF THAT IS WHY IT IS CRITICAL THAT THEY ARE PART OF THE THEY ARE PART OF THE DECISION-MAKING SCENARIOS AND THEY ARE PROBLEM SOLVERS IN THIS WORK TO ENSURE STUDENTS GET THE BEST EDUCATION THAT THEY CAN UNDERSTANDING THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE REAL IN THE COMMUNITY >> JUST A QUICK FOLLOW UP AND I WANT PARENTS TO WEIGH IN WHETHER YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN AT THE TABLE SO YOUR TEACHERS FEEL SAFE ENOUGH RETURNING I CAN TELL YOU THE STRONGEST PLANS WE HAVE RIGHT NOW AND THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN TURNED IN ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE BEEN WORKED ON WITH THE STAFF AND OUR MEMBERS ACROSS THE AND OUR MEMBERS ACROSS THE STATE WHERE THEY ARE HAVING PROBLEMS, WHERE THEY ARE NOT ALLOWING EDUCATORS TO BE PART OF THE PROCESS THAT IS WHERE THE HOLDUP IS WE HAVE HAD SOME DISTRICTS THAT HAVE SAID HERE IS THE PLAN, WHAT DO YOU THINK, THAT IS NOT BARGAINING SO IN THOSE INSTANCES WHEN WE SO IN THOSE INSTANCES WHEN WE ARE NOT ALLOWED A VOICE AT THE TABLE WE DO THE THINGS THAT WE ARE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO DO TO MAKE SURE OUR VOICE IS PART OF THE PROCESS THE PROCESS >> TURNS WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? >> WE HAVEN’T BEEN PART OF THE PROCESS TO PAUL THIS POINT THERE WAS A PLAN BY THE DISTRICT, IT WAS AN ISSUE AND PUT OUT IN THE GENERAL PUBLIC WITHOUT THE TEACHERS INPUT AND WITHOUT THE TEACHERS INPUT AND

WE FOUND THAT VERY DISTURBING AND LOOK, WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE READY TO TEACH YOU WANT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND TEACH BUT DON’T FEEL IT IS SAFE TO DO SO FACE-TO-FACE WE CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ENCOURAGE THE TALKS THEY’VE HAD RECENTLY AND RECENTLY WE HAVE BEEN TALKING MORE RECENTLY ABOUT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE RETURNING TO SCHOOL BUT INITIALLY THOSE PLANS WERE NOT INCLUDING TEACHERS IN THE CONVERSATION >> SO IN THE BRADY BUNCH GRAPHIC WE HAVE, RIGHT ABOVE YOU IS THE SUPERINTENDENT OF DETROIT SCHOOLS DR. NIKOLAI VITTI TALK ABOUT THE DR. NIKOLAI VITTI TALK ABOUT THE CONCERNS YOU HAVE HEARD SOME FEEL THEY HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT AND THE EARLIER.ABOUT THE HEALTH FACTOR OF FACILITIES, AIR CIRCULATION AND THAT SORT OF THING >> SO THERE HAS BEEN PLENTY OF PLANS THAT HAVE BEEN ISSUED FROM THE CDC AND THE GOVERNORS RETURNED TO THE TASK FORCE THAT OUTLINES THE SAFETY STRATEGIES THAT HAVE TO BE IMPLEMENTED IF THAT HAVE TO BE IMPLEMENTED IF THERE IS FACE-TO-FACE AGAIN IF THE GOVERNOR, STATE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS STATE THAT IT IS UNSAFE TO DO FACE-TO-FACE THEN WE WON’T BUT WHAT WE CAN’T SAY AS A DISTRICT, UNLIKE OTHERS, WE DO HAVE THE RESOURCES TO IMPLEMENT THE COVID STRATEGIES WE RECEIVE MONEY TO IMPLEMENT THE COVID STRATEGIES WITH TEMPERATURE CHECK MACHINES MORE NURSES FOR EACH BUILDING HIS SYMPTOMS CHECK PROCESS DEEPER CLEANING OF BUSES IN CLASSROOMS PPE FOR ALL STUDENTS PPE FOR ALL STUDENTS SO YOU CAN’T RATE OUR PLAN AND NOT SEE THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS NOT SEE THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS PORCH PPE WHEN WE RELEASED OUR PLAN WE HAD 1200 PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN 1200 PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN VIRTUAL MEETINGS ABOUT THE PLAN FEEDBACK COULD BE GIVEN REGARDING WHAT COULD WORK AND WHAT NEEDED TO WORK THERE WERE CHANGES MADE BEFORE THE FINAL DRAFT PLAN WAS GIVEN TO THE BOARD FOR APPROVAL AFTER THE BOARD APPROVED THE PLAN, OVER NINE COMMUNITY MEETINGS, WE HAVE ENGAGED 20,000 INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS DOES THAT MEAN EVERYONE AGREES WITH THE PLAN, NO WITH THE PLAN, NO BUT IT IS REALLY HARD TO DIG A PLAN THIS COMPLEX WHEN YOU HAVE MULTIPLE PEOPLE WANTING DIFFERENT THINGS WE WANT PARENTS, RIGHT NOW WE HAVE ENGAGED ALMOST 70% OF THE PARENTS AND 20-30% WANT FACE TO FACE INSTRUCTION ARE WE GOING TO IGNORE THE VOICE OF 20,000 PARENTS ABOUT FACE TO FACE AS THE STATE SAYS — CAN I JUMP IN THERE LET ME JUST JUMP IN FOR A QUICK MINUTE >> REALLY QUICKLY THERE HAS BEEN ENGAGEMENT THE QUESTION IS, HOW DO YOU MOVE FORWARD WITH TRYING TO KEEP EVERYONE’S INTERESTS IN MIND AND IT’S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DO THAT SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE HARD DECISIONS BASED ON WHAT YOU THINK IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS THINK IS IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF STUDENTS AND PROBLEM SOLVE JUST LIKE PAULA SAID ARE WE PROBLEM SOLVING AND OWNING THE PROCESS AND I WE SIMPLY SAYING WE DO NOT WANT TO DO IT WE DO NOT WANT TO DO IT >> SO WE WANT TO MOVE ON QUICKLY BUT I DO WANT TO ADDRESS THE FACT THAT THE QUESTION ON THE TABLE IS, THE PERSON RIGHT BELOW YOU IS TERRENCE MARTIN, PRESIDENT OF DFT AND HIS THOUGHT IS TEACHERS HAVE NOT BEEN INVOLVED YOU TALK ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN THE STAKEHOLDERS BUT I WANT YOU TO ADDRESS AND I THINK THAT IS DEVON’S QUESTION, TO ADDRESS WHAT TERRENCE WAS SAYING, HE FEELS THAT TEACHERS IN YOUR DISTRICT HAVE NOT BEEN AT THE TABLE ENOUGH TO HAVE ENOUGH INPUT SO THEY FEEL SAFE GOING BACK TO THE CLASSROOMS >> I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THAT WHEN I SAY 1200 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN THE DRAFT PLAN MANY WERE TEACHERS AND IT ALSO INCLUDED EVERY UNION LEADER WHEN WE, ENGAGED THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE FINAL PLAN OF THE 20,000, I GUARANTEE YOU TEACHERS WERE PART OF THE PLAN WE WILL BE CONSISTENT WITH THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROCESS COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROCESS IF ANYTHING WILL NEED IT WILL BE DONE IN THE END IT IS DIFFICULT TO CREATE A REOPENING PLAN WITH EVERY SINGLE ENTITY AGREEING ON THAT PLAN BUT WE ARE COMMITTED TO NEGOTIATING EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT I BELIEVE WHETHER WE ARE TALKING

I BELIEVE WHETHER WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DFT, TEACHERS IN GENERAL, WE WILL ARRIVE SEPTEMBER 8 AT A PLACE THAT NEEDS — MEETS STUDENTS AND PARENTS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE TEACHERS I’VE DONE IT AND WE WILL GET IT DONE BY SEPTEMBER 8 >> I’D LIKE TO MOVE TO ANOTHER TOPIC AND I WILL ADMIT TO YOU, I WAS HOPING WOULD HAPPEN TO US EARLIER WOULD HAPPEN PARAGRAPH SOMEBODY WOULD DROP OUT OF THE CALL BECAUSE I WANT US TO TALK ABOUT OUR DIGITAL CONNECTION ISSUES AND THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND HOW WE KEEP PEOPLE WHO MAY BE AT THE MARGINS FROM FALLIN FARTHER BEHIND AND ONE TO COOK ROBINSON YOU YOU ARE BACK I ALSO WANT TO LET OTHERS WEIGH IN ARE WE DOING ENOUGH AFTER WE HAD THREE MONTHS OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT, PEOPLE LEARNING FROM HOME, WE GOT A LOT LEARNING FROM HOME, WE GOT A LOT OF FOLKS IN BOTH RURAL AND URBAN AREAS, THEIR ONLY INTERNET CONNECTION MAY BE COMING FROM THE PHONE ARE WE DOING ENOUGH TO PREPARE FOR THIS NEW LANDSCAPE WHERE WE HAVE TO HAVE VIRTUAL LEARNING FOR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG? FOR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG? >>> YEAH DR. WANDA COOK-ROBINSON COOK-ROBINSON >> YES, IN FACT, WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE WE WERE SUPPORTED BY THE UNITED WAY IN HELPING US TO PROVIDE CONNECTIVITY’S IN THOSE DIFFICULT AREAS IN OAKLAND COUNTY WE STILL HAVE THOSE NEEDS, MI STILL WITH YOU? >> YES, YOU ARE >> EVERYBODY IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD MUST BE USING WI-FI MUST BE USING WI-FI BUT, AS I SAID WE INVOLVED UNITED WAY IN HELPING US PROVIDE THAT CONNECTIVITY AND WE ARE STILL WORKING ON IT BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE AREAS IN OAKLAND COUNTY PARTICULARLY HAZEL PARK AND OAK PARK WHERE THERE IS NOT CONNECTIVITY AND THE HOME AND THAT IS A PROBLEM WE’RE WORKING ON THAT AND TRYING TO FIND STATIONS AROUND THE COMMUNITY WHERE PARENTS CAN GO COMMUNITY WHERE PARENTS CAN GO AND GET CONNECTED THE FIRST PROBLEM WE HAD WAS THE DEVICES WE THINK WE HAVE SOLVED THAT WITH THE HELP OF THE WITH THE HELP OF THE PHILANTHROPIC COMMUNITY CONNECTIVITY IS STILL A BIT OF AN ISSUE >> DETROIT HAD A GREAT ADVANTAGE >> DETROIT HAD A GREAT ADVANTAGE IN THAT THEY HAD A PARTNERSHIP BUT DR. WANDA COOK-ROBINSON I WANTED TO STAY WITH YOU BECAUSE I WAS TALKING TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SOUTH HILLS SCHOOL DISTRICT AS SHE SAID IN SOUTHFIELD WHICH IS, YOU WOULD THINK SOUTHFIELD BUT THEY HAVE A HI, FREE REDUCED LUNCH RATE SHE SAID AS MANY AS 40% OF HER STUDENTS, DO NOT HAVE DEVICES OF THEIR OWN IT’S ONE THING TO HAVE, IT’S ANOTHER THING TO HAVE KIDS WHO DON’T HAVE DEVICES ON THEIR OWN HOW CLOSE ARE YOU TO BREAKING THEREFORE COMMUNITIES LIKE ANY OF YOUR KAMARA >> WE ARE STILL WORKING ON THE ISSUE I THINK WE HAVE, GOOD JOB IN REDUCING THE PERCENTAGE BUT WE HAVE NOT EXONERATED, WE DO NOT HAVE EVERY CHILD WITH THEIR OWN DEVICE IT IS DIFFICULT IN A VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT TO HAVE A HOUSEHOLD WITH THREE CHILDREN AND EACH ONE HAS TO SHARE HAS TO SHARE SO WE ARE WORKING TO GET GRANTS UNITED WAY IS WORKING WITH US ON FINDING FUNDING TO HELP US PURCHASE THOSE DEVICES BUT WE HAVE MADE GREAT STRIDES AND WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY AND SOUTHFIELD WITH OAK PARK AND THE SPIRIT >> LET ME BRING IN A REPRESENTATIVE WHO IS THE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE WEIGH IN ON THE DIGITAL ISSUE IN A MOMENT BUT IF WE COULD LET START WITH, I’M CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE HEARING ARE YOU HEARING MOSTLY, FROM TEACHERS, PARENTS, OR SUPERINTENDENT SPIRIT WHERE IS THE LION SHARE OF I DON’T WANT TO SAY COMPLAINING BUT CONCERNED COMING FROM? >> WELL, EARLY ON I STARTED WHEN THIS STARTED I STARTED ZOOMING WITH ISVS AROUND THE STATE AND TALKING WITH SUPERINTENDENT SPIRIT SO I HEARD FROM A LOT OF SUPERINTENDENT SPIRIT AS A FORMER TEACHER AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER I AM HEARING FROM A LOT OF TEACHERS THAT I KNOW AND TEACHERS IN MY AREA AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE THAT ARE REACHING OUT AND THE PARENTS MY DAUGHTER JUST GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL SO SHE GOT TO BE THE RECIPIENT OF NOTE IN PERSON GRADUATION WHICH WE ROLLED WITH BUT I’M HEARING IT ACROSS THE BOARD THERE’S A LOT OF DIFFERENT ISSUES THAT I KNOW WE ARE ALL

DEALING WITH SO CONNECTIVITY BEING ONE OF THEM I THINK EARLY ON, TALKING TO THE SUPERINTENDENT NOT ONLY WAS THAT AN ISSUE FOR STUDENTS BUT EVEN IF THEY WERE ABLE TO GET THE DEVICES IN THE STUDENT’S HANDS, WAS THERE SOMEONE AT HOME TO SUPPORT THEM IF THEY CAN’T GET ONLINE ON THEIR OWN WAS THERE AN ISSUE WITH STUDENTS AND A PARENT TRYING TO WORK FROM HOME WITH CONNECTIVITY AND BROADBAND SO ANOTHER ISSUE INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH I HAD SUPERINTENDENTS REACHING OUT AND SAYING WE HAVE TEACHERS TELLING US THEY DON’T HAVE CONNECTIVITY AT HOME THEY DON’T HAVE INTERNET OR DEVICES SO ONE OF THE THINGS EARLY ON WE STARTED WHEN WE SPOKE WITH THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE WAS, IN ORDER GOVERNOR’S OFFICE WAS, IN ORDER TO NOT HAVE THAT ISSUE, IF DISTRICTS WERE GOING FOR TROLL IT WAS A REQUEST TO HAVE TEACHERS REPORT TO THEIR BUILDINGS AND TEACH VIRTUALLY FROM THEIR CLASSROOMS BECAUSE THAT WOULD SOLVE A HUGE PROBLEM AS FAR AS CONNECTIVITY AND TEACHERS HAVING THE DEVICES THEY NEED AS FAR AS IF THERE IS A TECH ISSUE THERE’S TECH PEOPLE RIGHT THERE IF THE COMPUTER DIES, THEY CAN QUICKLY MOVE TO ANOTHER AREA QUICKLY MOVE TO ANOTHER AREA AND TEACHERS WILL NEED TO QUICKLY BECOME EXPERTS WITH ONLINE TEACHING AS A FORMER TEACHER THAT IS A DIFFICULT THING TO LEARN THEY DO THEIR BEST IN THE SPRING BUT, IF THEY ARE IN THE BUILDING AND THE CLASSROOM TEACHING VIRTUALLY, THEN THERE IS ALSO TIME TO DO COHORT MEETINGS BETWEEN THIRD-GRADER TEACHERS AND AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DEVELOPMENT IT CAN HELP THEM HOPEFULLY BECOME BETTER ONLINE TEACHERS BECAUSE IT’S NOT EASY >> IT’S A DIFFERENT SKILL SET >> MA’AM I DON’T WANT TO CALL OUT NAMES I DON’T KNOW IF ANY OF THE SUPERINTENDENTS WANT TO VOICE THIS BUT IN OUR CONVERSATIONS, I’M NOT AT LIBERTY TO USE NAMES BECAUSE THESE WERE BACKGROUND CONVERSATIONS WITH A NUMBER OF SUPERINTENDENTS, THERE WAS FRUSTRATION FROM THEM THAT THEY HAVE NOT GOTTEN BETTER DIRECTION FOR A PLAN AND THERE IT NEEDED TO BE MORE AND THERE IT NEEDED TO BE MORE AT STAKE COORDINATION I DON’T KNOW WHO WANTS TO VOICE THEIR FRUSTRATIONS WITH WHAT THEY HAVE WHETHER IT IS COMING OUT OF THE CAPITAL OR THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION THERE IS THIS PALPABLE SENSE OF FRUSTRATION THAT THERE HASN’T BEEN MORE OF A COORDINATED PLAN FOCUSED AS WE MOVE SO CLOSE TO THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR >> I AGREE WITH YOU IT IS FRUSTRATING FOR ME TOO NEGOTIATE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE WEEKS AGO ALL OF US KNOW WHEN SCHOOL STARTS AND WHAT GOES INTO THE SCHOOL YEAR I DID IT FOR 23 YEARS AND I DID IT AS A >> THIS ISN’T SOMETHING THAT BLINDSIDED US THIS SHOULD’VE BEEN PUT IN PHASE #PLACE A LONG TIME AGO >> LET ME ASKED WHY HAVE BEEN ANYTHING BEEN DONE WE ARE AT THE 11th HOUR THESE SUPERINTENDENTS ARE PUTTING TOGETHER BUDGETS AND THEY DON’T HAVE GUIDANCE ON WHAT THE BUDGETS WILL LOOK LIKE THEY DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH OF A BUDGET CUT THERE WILL BE THEY ARE ALL BUYING PPE WE KNOW WHAT DAYS SCHOOL STARTED I’M CURIOUS TO KNOW, EVERYONE KNOWS, YOU ARE AN EDUCATOR, AND MILLER IS AN EDUCATOR YOU NEW SCHOOL WAS COMING WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG? >> YOU HAVE TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE >> YOU ALL HAVE TO NEGOTIATE TOGETHER AND THE PLANT STILL HAS TO BE IN PLACE >> THERE WERE TWO PLANTS THAT WERE PUT OUT THE ONE THAT CAME OUT FROM THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND WHEN YOU READ THROUGH THEM, THEY AGREED ON SOME OF THE THINGS THEY HAVE NOW IT’S COMING DOWN TO THE BASIC, IT’S NOT THE DAY TO DAY ISSUES, IT’S THE DAYS OF WILL WE DO 180 OR WHAT DO 180 OR WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS IS THERE GOING TO BE A PLAN QUITE HONESTLY THAT IS THE ISSUE >> AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU ON THE LINE A DIFFERENT HOUSE BUT UNDER THE SAME ROOF WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE SENATE MEETING THIS SATURDAY TO TALK ABOUT WHETHER THEY WILL MANDATE SCHOOLS HAVE IN PERSON LEARNING YOU HAVE TO KNOW THIS >> I DON’T THINK THEY WILL HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MANDATES >> HOW ABOUT IF I LEAVE IT AT

THAT THEY ARE MEETING SATURDAY AND YOU SAY DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT >> AND AS FAR AS MYSELF AND THE CAUCUS I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH, WE WANT TO GIVE DISTRICTS AS MANY OPTIONS AS POSSIBLE WHAT HAPPENS IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT HAPPENS IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT IS HAPPENING SOUTHFIELD WE CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ISD SPIRIT WE WANT BETWEEN ISD SPIRIT WE WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO COME UP WITH WHAT IS BEST FOR THEIR AREA NO ONE WANTS TO MANDATE ANYTHING PAUL I THINK YOU HAD YOUR HAND UP THAT WAS TERRANCE >> I DID >> 0 BOTH OF YOU >> PAULA, YOU FIRST THE BIGGEST THING WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT FUNDING, MICHIGAN HAS BEEN UNDERFUNDED FOR THE LAST FEW UNDERFUNDED FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS AND WE KNOW THAT THE YEARS AND WE KNOW THAT THE SITUATION WITH COVID-19 ADDS $400 PERSON TO EDUCATE WHILE WE MOVE INTO A COVID-19 SCHOOL YEAR WE ARE ALREADY UNDERFUNDED WE ARE ALREADY UNDERFUNDED NOW WE ARE BEHIND AND WE WANT TO HAVE SOMETHING TO FILL IN THE FUNDING GAP SPIRIT THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC BECAUSE OF THE ECONOMIC TURNDOWN WE ARE FILLING UP WE HAVE TO GET THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PASS THE HEROES ACT, SIMPLE WE HAVE TO DO THAT REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS AND MEMBERS HAVE TO CONTACT REPUBLICANS OUTSIDE OF OUR STATE BECAUSE THE SENATOR IS A VERY GOOD ADVOCATE WE HAVE TO GET THE SENATE, TO ACT ON OUR HEROES ACT FUNDING AND ENSURE WE GET IT THEY ARE STALLED RIGHT NOW BUT THE STUDENTS CAN’T WAIT WE DON’T HAVE ONE CHILD TO SPARE AND WE DON’T HAVE ONE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO SPARE WHEN IT COMES TO FUNDING AT THE LEVEL THEY DESERVE AND WHAT IT TAKES TO EDUCATE THE CHILDREN HERE IN MICHIGAN >> AND IF WE TALK ABOUT FUNDING WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COST SAVINGS THAT WAS REALIZED BY EVERY DISTRICT I TALKED ABOUT THIS EARLY ON AND EVERYONE STOP TALKING ABOUT IT SO WHEN, WE ARE NOT TEACHING FOR HOWEVER MANY MONTHS IN BUILDINGS, THERE IS A COST SAVINGS THAT’S REALIZED THE AMOUNT THAT WE PAY FOR SUBS EVERY WEEK I KNOW MY LOCAL DISTRICT IT IS $6,000 WEEK IS THE AVERAGE WEEK IS THE AVERAGE THE AMOUNT THAT THE AVERAGE FOR THEIR COST WHEN THEY’RE BUDGING SO WHEN YOU ADD THOSE THINGS UP INCLUDING, I THINK EVERY DISTRICT RECEIVED A REBATE FROM THEIR DENTAL INSURANCE BECAUSE THE DENTAL OFFICE CLOSED THE DENTAL OFFICE CLOSED , THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS ON TOP OF THAT PEOPLE WERE FUNDED FOR LAST YEAR WHAT WAS BUDGETED AND THERE WERE COVERT DOLLARS AND THERE WERE COVERT DOLLARS THAT CAME IN SO EVERY DISTRICT GOT MONEY AND THERE WAS AN ADDITIONAL $175 GIVEN FOR THE CURRENT LAST SCHOOL YEAR, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE HAVE SMALL BUSINESSES CLOSING EVERY DAY UNTIL WE CAN GET A HANDLE ON THE UNTIL WE CAN GET A HANDLE ON THE ECONOMY AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CRUX, WE WILL NOT KNOW A LOT ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE SCHOOL BUDGET >> OUR SCHOOL BUDGETS DEPEND ON OUR ECONOMY TO THRIVE >> WE DO WANT TO GET TO QUESTIONS LET’S GET TO THE VIEWER QUESTIONS >> REALLY QUICKLY ABOUT FUNDING AND PAULA TEST AND TALKED ABOUT THIS THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, WAS NOT THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, WAS NOT DOING SO WELL PRIOR TO COVID-19 AS FAR AS FUNDING THE SCHOOLS PARTICULARLY SCHOOLS IN URBAN AREAS WHERE WE HAVE THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF STUDENTS WITH CONCENTRATION OF STUDENTS WITH SPECIALIZED NEEDS AND THOSE GO GROSSLY UNDERFUNDED I ALSO WANT TO CLEAR UP SOMETHING THAT WAS SAID EARLIER, AS WE TALK ABOUT SUCH A TOUGH AS WE TALK ABOUT SUCH A TOUGH ISSUE, SUCH A CRITICAL ISSUE, PARTICULARLY FOR BLACK AND BROWN CHILDREN IN THE CITY OF DETROIT, WE HAVE TO LEAD WITH FACTS THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS DETROIT FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, AND ITS EMPLOYEES WHO ARE NOT PART OF THE DISTRICT’S DRAFT PLAN, NOT AT ALL, WE CERTAINLY WISH WE WOULD HAVE BEEN BUT WE WERE NOT AND REALLY, WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL AND WE HAVE TO BE TRUTHFUL WHEN WE TALK ABOUT AND SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE THEY DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH WE WERE NOT AT THE TABLE IN THE BEGINNING >> LET ME QUICKLY LET SOME OTHER SUPERINTENDENTS WEIGH IN ON THE FUNDING IF I WERE A SUPERINTENDENT, I WOULD WAKE UP EVERY TWO HOURS

FREAKING OUT OVER WORRIES ABOUT HOW THE SCHOOLS WILL BE FUNDED AND WHETHER IT WOULD BE EQUITABLE GIVEN THE NEW REALITIES WE HAVE HERE IS THAT A WORRY OF YOURS RIGHT NOW AND HOW DO WE ADDRESS IT? >> WE ARE LOOKING AT A SHORTFALL FOR THE NEXT UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR IF NOTHING CHANGES SO THAT IS WHAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE FACING IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT A 10,000 SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT IS A NOVEL I WILL ALSO HIGHLIGHT, LAST YEAR AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WERE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN ALL OF THE STAFF UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR SO THE ABILITY TO SAVE MONEY LAST YEAR WAS NOT THERE FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WORK IT WOULD’VE BEEN TOUGH ANYWAY BECAUSE MANY OF THE PEOPLE, TRANSPORTATION DRIVERS AND WORKERS WERE WORKING TO DELIVER MEALS AND DOING A VARIETY OF OTHER EMERGENCY TYPES OF ACTIVITIES IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS SO IT WASN’T AS IF THEY WERE SITTING AROUND, BUT THERE REALLY WERE NO FUNDS TO BE SAVED THERE ARE ADDITIONAL DOLLARS THAT CAME THROUGH CARES, THEY ARE LIMITED ON HOW THEY CAN BE SPENT SO SCHOOL DISTRICTS, AND THE ISSUE OF WE NEED ANSWERS SO WE CAN PLAN, THE SCHOOL DIVISION WE CAN PLAN, THE SCHOOL DIVISION AS WE SIT HERE ARE LOOKING AT A SHORTFALL GOING INTO THE NEXT YEAR AND PUTTING THE PLANS IN PLACE, THEY WILL RECEIVE $1,075 IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE COVID-19 COST BUT WE HAVE SEEN ESTIMATES THAT ARE AT LEAST $100 AND HIGHER THAN THAT GROUP OF STUDENTS IN REGARD TO COSTS TO DO THE PPE AND THE SAFETY DO THE PPE AND THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS AND IF WE WERE OUT OF SCHOOL ALL YEAR, WITHOUT A QUESTION, AND DID NOT HAVE STUDENTS IN PLACE, POTENTIALLY THERE WOULD BE SAVINGS IF WE WERE ALLOWED TO DO THAT, WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT BUT I WOULD JUST HIGHLIGHT THAT, SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE NOT LOOKING AT THAT THEY ARE ASSUMING KIDS WILL BE IN AND THEY WILL BE IN-AND-OUT IT IS A DIFFICULT THING TO PLAN FOR AND THAT IS WHY THEY NEED STABILITY >> WHEN I HEAR PARENTS TALK ABOUT SWITCHING SCHOOL DISTRICTS BECAUSE THEY THINK SOMEONE ELSE MAY BE BETTER WITH THEIR ONLINE APPROACH, AND YET HALFWAY THROUGH THE SEMESTER THEY HAVE TO THINK ABOUT SWITCHING BACK AND GOING IN PERSON, NOW THEY HAVE HITCHED THEIR WAGONS WOULD JUST RECORD SCHOOL TOO FAR AWAY I’M AT A LOSS AS TO FIGURE OUT HOW DO YOU FUND THAT EQUITABLY >> THERE’S NO QUESTION, THAT IS WHY WE HAVE ASKED LEGISLATION TO WHY WE HAVE ASKED LEGISLATION TO LOOK AT FUNDING BECAUSE DURING THIS SITUATION, THAT IS ONE MANAGEMENT SOLUTION TO THIS THAT WE HAVE RECOMMENDED AND I KNOW THAT IS UNDER CONSIDERATION RIGHT NOW, BUT I WOULD ALSO — I ALSO LIKE TO I WILL BACK BECAUSE I KNOW TIMES GETTING SHORT WHETHER WE ARE IN REMOTE OR FACE-TO-FACE OR A HYBRID, MY CONCERN IS AND I WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT EVERYONE GETS A CHANCE THIS IS TO TAKE CARE OF THE THIS IS TO TAKE CARE OF THE STUDENTS HAVING DIFFICULTY LEARNING UNDER A REMOTE MODEL ALSO THE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS ALSO THE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS WE NEED TO MAKE MODIFICATIONS SO THERE CAN BE FACE-TO-FACE TIME EITHER IN SMALL GROUPS BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I WAS HEARING THAT’S WHAT I HEARD FROM PARENTS THAT’S A CALL LIKE IT AND I KNOW TEACHERS SUPPORT THAT BUT IT HAS TO HAPPEN OR WE WILL, THE STUDENTS WILL BE AT A DISADVANTAGE THEN THEY ARE RIGHT NOW I THINK WE CAN DO EVERYTHING ELSE TO HANDLE THE PROBLEMS BUT THAT IS MY MAJOR CONCERN OF THE POPULATION I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN’T LET THE VIEWERS HEAR THE REQUESTS THAT ALL LEADERS LOOK AT THIS TO SOLVE THIS >> WE CAN HEAR THAT LOUD AND CLEAR WE ARE REALLY DOING A DEEP DIVE I CAN SAY WE WILL RUN OVER JUST A LITTLE BIT BEAR WITH THE SPIRIT WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE AN EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR LEADING THE MEDICAL COVERAGE OF THE PANDEMIC HE HAS PATIENTS AND TODAY HE HAS BEEN VERY PATIENT HE HELPED US TO NAVIGATE THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS WE HAVE HIM PART OF THIS CONVERSATION AND TO REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUES WE KNOW FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING IS OPTIMAL FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT IS SAFE TO RETURN HAVE A SPECIFIC QUESTION ABOUT THIS I DO WANT TO GO TO THIS QUESTION FIRST SHE SAYS, IF THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN IS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN AND THE PRIMARY CONCERN AND THE PERCENTAGE OF COVID-19 DEATHS OF

CHILDREN IS 0.13 AND MASKS WILL BE WORN BY TEACHER AND STUDENTS, WHY WOULD TEACHERS FEEL THEY CAN’T RETURN SAFELY ESPECIALLY WHEN CDCS SAY THERE’S A REASON WHY TEACHERS AND CHILDREN CAN’T RETURN SAFELY TO SCHOOL WHAT IS THE SCIENCE BEHIND DECIDING IF IT IS SAFE FOR YOUR PARTICULAR CHILD TO RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM IN PERSON >> THANK YOU FIRST I WANT TO ADDRESS THE NUMBERS THERE’S A LOT BEING THROWN AROUND I WANT TO GIVE YOU THE STORY ABOUT THE NUMBERS I THINK THIS HIGHLIGHTS SOME IMPORTANT POINTS WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT STUDENT SAFETY BUT IT IS RELEVANT TO TALK ABOUT TEACHER SAFETY AND TALK ABOUT TEACHER SAFETY AND STAFF IN THE BUILDING THERE’S A MUCH BIGGER PICTURE HERE THAT WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT GOING BACK TO THE CORE ISSUE, LET ME START BY SAYING, MY MOM ALWAYS REMINDED ME TOO NEVER ARGUE POLITICS OR RELIGION AND ODDLY I AM SAYING THE SAME THING ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF COVID-19 THE ISSUE IS WHILE THERE ARE OBJECTIVE NUMBERS IN THE DATA, EVERYONE HAS INFORMATION ON WHAT THE NUMBERS MEAN SOMETIMES THE NUMBERS ARE IN DISPUTE AND PEOPLE QUOTE NUMBERS THAT ARE NOT NECESSARILY COMPATIBLE WITH THE MOST RELIABLE STATS WHETHER FROM THE CDC, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION OR THE STATE SO THIS IS A CHARGED ISSUE ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THE EMOTION OF SCHOOLS REOPENING I WANT TO HAVE YOU RUN THE PACKAGE I HAD EARLIER ABOUT SOME OF THE NUMBERS FROM TWO NEW REPORTS >> A NEW STUDY REPORTED SAID BETWEEN JANUARY AND MAY OF THIS YEAR CHILDREN DEFINED AS BEING UNDER 16 REPRESENTED ONLY 1.1% OF THE SARS, COVID-19 CASES IN GREAT BRITAIN IN THE SAME TIMEFRAME THERE WERE EIGHT PIETRO DEATHS A FATALITY RATE OF 0.3% ADDITIONALLY USING HISTORIC DATA, THE AUTHORS WERE ABLE TO SHOW THERE WERE NO ADDITIONAL DEATHS THAT WOULD REPRESENT UNDETECTED CASES OF COVID-19 IN THE END THEY CONCLUDED THE IN THE END THEY CONCLUDED THE FINDINGS PROVIDED FURTHER EVIDENCE AGAINST THE RULE OF CHILDREN IN THE TRANSMISSION AND INFECTION THE DATA SHOULD BE CONTRASTED THE DATA SHOULD BE CONTRASTED WITH A RECENT REPORT AND SAYING THIS USING DATA WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, THEY FOUND AS OF AUGUST 6, PEDIATRIC CASES REPRESENTED 9.1% OF ALL SARS, COVID-19 CASE OF THE U.S BACK IN MAY WHEN THE STUDY ENDED IT WAS ONLY 3% THE REASON BEHIND THE RISE IN THE U.S. IS IMPROVING BUT EXPERTS HAVE NOTED TWO FACTORS, INCREASED TESTING IN CHILDREN EVEN IF THEY ARE MINIMAL WHEAT SYMPTOMATIC OR A LOT GENERALLY INCREASE SPREAD IN ADULTS AND CHILDREN IN RECENT MONTHS EVEN WITH INCREASED CASES ACCORDING TO THE DATA, CHILDREN REPRESENTED BETWEEN 0 AND 0.4% OF ALL COVID-19 DEATHS IN INDIVIDUAL STATES WITH 19 STATES REPORTING 0 CHILD DEATHS THAT IS COMPATIBLE WITH THE CDC DATA SHOWING THAT COMPARED TO 18-29 -YEAR-OLDS, CHILDREN LESS 18-29 -YEAR-OLDS, CHILDREN LESS THAN 18 ABOUT 9-16 TIMES RISK LOWER OF DEATHS >> SO I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND, THOSE NUMBERS ARE WHAT WE KNOW RIGHT NOW IT IS LIKELY WE WILL LEARN MORE TO REFINE OUR OPINION OVER TIME ESPECIALLY IN SCHOOLS REOPENING BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THESE FACTS ARE, CHILDREN DO GET FACTS ARE, CHILDREN DO GET INFECTED, ALTHOUGH THEY DO NOT GET INFECTED AS OFTEN AS PEOPLE OVER 18 AND NOT WITH SEVERE CONSEQUENCES THE REAL QUESTION ULTIMATELY IS, THE REAL QUESTION ULTIMATELY IS, HOW MUCH RISK IS REASONABLE I WANT TO PUT SOMETHING INTO PERSPECTIVE I REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT THE SUPERINTENDENTS ARE TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF THIS IS FROM A PARENT STANDPOINT, PERSONAL RISK ASSESSMENT FOR YOURSELF, FAMILY AND YOUR CHILD [ INAUDIBLE ] [ INAUDIBLE ] >> IN MY OPINION FOR IN PERSON LEARNING RETURNING IS A HIGHLY INDIVIDUALIZED AND EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO THINK ABOUT IT BASED ON DIFFERENT FACTORS I WILL LAY SOME OF MY THOUGHTS OUT WHAT IS YOUR HOUSEHOLD RISK TOLERANCE IS THERE SOMEONE AT HOME WHO IS CONCERNED BECAUSE OF THEIR MEDICAL HISTORY MEDICAL HISTORY IF THAT IS THE CASE MAY BE YOUR CHILD BEING BACK IN A LARGER EXPOSURE ENVIRONMENT MAY NOT BE AS GOOD OR SAY I WOULD ARGUE THE SAME HOLDS FOR TEACHERS FOR TEACHERS, IF YOU HAVE SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL PROBLEMS IF YOUR SPOUSE OR SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY HAS MEDICAL PROBLEMS THAT

IS SIGNIFICANT NEXT, SOME OF THIS WAS TOUCHED ON, WILL THE CHILD LEARN BETTER IN PERSON I THINK EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS IN PERSON LEARNING IS BETTER PEOPLE KNOW THEIR CHILD AND KNOW SOME CHILDREN WILL NOT SOME CHILDREN WILL NOT [ INAUDIBLE ] [ INAUDIBLE ] >> THAT’S WHAT’S WRONG HAVE WE LOST FRANK? >> I THINK WE HAVE LOST EMPIRIC WE WILL TRY TO GET HIM BACK BECAUSE THESE WERE IMPORTANT BECAUSE THESE WERE IMPORTANT THOUGHTS AS WE TALK, NO MATTER WHAT THE DISTRICTS DECIDE OR THE SUPERINTENDENTS DECIDE, PARENTS HAVE TO EACH MAKE A DECISION FOR WHAT IS BEST FOR THEIR OWN FAMILY DR. NIKOLAI VITTI BEFORE WE MOVE ON YOU HAD YOUR HAND UP AS WE SPOKE ABOUT THE FUNDING, DO YOU WANT TO WEIGH IN ON THAT REALLY QUICKLY? >> NOT SPECIFICALLY FUNDING BUT IT SPEAKS TO WHAT FRANK WAS TRYING TO SAY WHICH IS WE CAN’T TALK ABOUT PARENTS MAKING DECISIONS IF WE ARE NOT ALLOWING FOR ONLINE OPTIONS SINCE WE ARE NOT RECEIVING ANY GUIDANCE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL GUIDANCE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND THE STATE GUIDANCE HAS BEEN MIXED IF WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING THEN WE WILL HAVE TWO PROBLEMS SOLVED REGARDING WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE SO NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE UNION LEADER SEEMINGLY FIGHTING ON TV, THAT IS NOT WHAT KIDS WANT TO SEE KIDS AND PARENTS, WANT PEOPLE TO WORK TOGETHER TO FIGURE IT OUT WHEN THE PLANT WAS RELEASED IN JUNE, DFT AND THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS MEET THREE TIMES DAY, SO IF THERE ISN’T TIME TO TALK I DON’T KNOW WHEN THERE WILL BE SO THE DEMANDS REQUESTED FOR THE MOST PART FOCUSED ON NOT OFFERING FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING UNTIL THERE IS AN IMMUNIZATION, WE CANNOT AND I DON’T THINK THE WE CANNOT AND I DON’T THINK THE TEACHERS WANT TO DO IT, WE WILL NOT ABANDON 10-15,000 PARENTS THAT NEED AND WANT FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION >> WE NEED TO OWN THE CHALLENGES OF COVID I’M OPTIMISTIC THAT IT WILL HAPPEN AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO NEGOTIATE WHAT NEEDS TO BE NEGOTIATED I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS TO HEAR THAT YOU MADE A GOOD POINT ABOUT IF THE OPTIONS ARE NOT AVAILABLE THEN THEIR DECISION ENDS UP BEING ONE FROM THE DISTRICT >> I THINK WE HAVE YOUR CONNECTION BACK YOU WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A BREAKDOWN ABOUT FAMILIES MAKING DECISIONS TANNED NOTE, WE STILL DON’T HAVE THEM >> OKAY I TELL YOU WHAT LET’S MOVE ON TO THE NEXT GROUP THAT WE WANT TO BRING IN, HOW DO TEACHERS FEEL ABOUT GOING BACK TO SCHOOL THIS FALL, WE HAVE THREE TEACHERS WITH US I WILL BE HAPPY TO INTRODUCE THEM TO YOU, A MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER FROM ANN ARBOR, LARSON TEACHER FROM ANN ARBOR, LARSON FROM A MAP TEACHER, AND WE SHOULD MENTION SHE HAS ALSO BEEN SHOULD MENTION SHE HAS ALSO BEEN TEACHING IN PERSON SUMMER SCHOOL AND CHRIS IS WITH US WITH A CIVICS AND HISTORY TEACHER >> TEACHERS, IS NOT JUST SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND THE STATE TRIED TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE WILL PAY FOR THIS, FAMILIES ARE BURNED IN MANY WAYS BY THE PANDEMIC PARENTS IN EVERY DISTRICT ARE FACED WITH HOW TO KEEP WORKING WHILE MAKING SURE CHILDREN ARE SAFE AND GETTING AN EDUCATION SO TEACHERS, WHAT I WANT TO KNOW FROM YOU BASICALLY IS HOW ARE YOU HELPING YOUR PARENTS NAVIGATE THIS VERY WE KNOW YOU NAVIGATE THIS VERY WE KNOW YOU HAVE HAD STUDENTS IN PERSON AND REMOTELY HOW ARE YOU HELPING PARENTS NAVIGATE THIS, MARK LET’S START WITH YOU LET’S START WITH YOU >> WELL, TRYING TO ANSWER AS MANY QUESTIONS AS POSSIBLE, WITH LIMITED INFORMATION, OFTENTIMES LIMITED INFORMATION, OFTENTIMES I THINK PARENTS, THE FIRST PEOPLE THEY FEEL COMFORTABLE REACHING OUT TO ARE THE PEOPLE THEY ARE MOST CONTACT WITH NS AND TEACHERS UNFORTUNATELY SOMETIMES IN THESE TYPES OF SITUATIONS, THE INFORMATION IS SLOW TO GET THROUGH US SO WE WANT TO REASSURE THEM THAT WHATEVER WE PROVIDE WILL BE MEANINGFUL AND VIGOROUS AND WILL MEANINGFUL AND VIGOROUS AND WILL NOT — >> BUSY, YOU KIND OF DROPPED OUT THERE FOR A MOMENT >> LET ME BRING ELAINE ANSWER THIS LENA WE WATCHED MORE DRAMA THAN WE USUALLY SEE AROUND SUMMER SCHOOL YOU WERE PART OF THAT AND

YOU WERE TEACHING SUMMER SCHOOL WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? >> TO RECAP THE ORIGINAL QUESTION TO BEING THE PRAYER QUESTION TO BEING THE PRAYER SIN, MY PRINCIPAL WAS FORWARD THINKING ON HOW TO BUILD AND THE DECISIONS BEING MADE EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE BEEN OFF WORK WE WERE CALLING AND TEXTING AND TRYING TO GET THE PARENTS TO TAKE THE TECHNOLOGY SURVEY WORKING WITH THE STAFF TO LET PARENTS COME UP ON THE DAYS THEY COULD GET THERE DOING SURVEYS WITH PARENTS OVER THE PHONE THE PHONE HELPING PARENTS DO THE SURVEY NOW THAT THEY HAVE THE DEVICES AND GETTING PEOPLE ACCLIMATED AND HOW TO DO THE THINGS WITH THE CHILDREN A BIG PART OF WHAT WE DID IN SUMMER SCHOOL WAS, THE CHILDREN AND THERE WERE NOT ALWAYS ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISTANCE LEARNING SO WE GOT THEM IN TEAMS JUST TRYING TO BE THERE AND LISTEN TO WHAT THE PARENTS ARE SAYING IT WASN’T SO MUCH WHAT THEY WERE DOING IT WAS CALLING FAMILIES AND MAKING SURE EVERYTHING WAS ALL RIGHT AND CALLING PEOPLE ONCE WEEK AND CHECKING IN JUST HEARING WITH THE PARENTS WERE SAYING ABOUT WHAT THEY NEEDED AND WHAT THEIR FRUSTRATIONS WERE AND HOW THINGS WERE NOT GOING IDEALLY FOR THEM I KNOW THAT DR. NIKOLAI VITTI HAS WORKED HARD TO GET TECHNOLOGY BUT I’M STILL NOT SURE WE CAN REACH A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF STUDENTS IF THEY DON’T HAVE SOMEONE IN THE HOME TO HELP THEM >> THAT BRINGS US TO OUR NEXT WE WERE QUESTION BECAUSE THIS QUESTION WAS ASKED WE KNOW MANY PARENTS ARE GRAPPLING WITH THIS SHE SAID WHO IS GOING TO TEACH MY SON ALL DAY WHILE MY HUSBAND AND I WORK WE ARE BOTH ESSENTIAL WORKERS I AM A NURSE AND HE IS IN RETAIL OUR CHILDCARE PROVIDER IS MITE 74-YEAR-OLD MOTHER WHO DOESN’T HAVE THE INTERNET OR THE PATIENT OR THE KNOW-HOW TO BE MY SON’S OR THE KNOW-HOW TO BE MY SON’S THIRD GRADE TEACHER SO HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER THAT QUESTION >> ARGUE SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSING ME? >> WE WANT TO HEAR FROM THE TEACHERS BUT WE HAVE ARE FROM CHRISTOPHER YET >> I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GRAPPLING WITH WE ARE TRYING AS MUCH AS WE CAN TO HELP AND SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO ARE IN DIFFICULT SITUATIONS BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE ARE LIMITED TO WHAT WE CAN PROVIDE TO WHAT WE CAN PROVIDE WE AS TEACHERS WE WANT TO GET OUT THERE AND TEACH TECHNOLOGY IS A TOOL TO DO THAT BUT SOMETHING WE ARE LEARNING TO DO IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE PARENTS THAT HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT DON’T ALLOW THEM TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN AT THE TIME THEY NEEDED >> ALL THREE OF OUR TEACHERS >> ALL THREE OF OUR TEACHERS WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE I KNOW YOU WANT TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM BUT RIGHT NOW WITH ALL THAT YOU KNOW WHERE DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU KNOW WHERE DO YOU FEEL IS BEST FOR YOU TO BE MOVING INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR, MARK, YOU FIRST >> ABSOLUTELY I THINK WE SHOULD START I THINK WE SHOULD START VIRTUALLY, AND THAT PAINS ME TOO SAY IT I DIDN’T BECOME A TEACHER TO TEACH VIRTUALLY BUT AS A SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER, I KEEP THINKING, IT’S UP TO THE PUBLIC TO DETERMINE WILL WE GO BACK TO SCHOOL WHEN I HEAR STORIES ABOUT LARGE EVENTS AND FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS AND FOURTH OF JULY PARTIES, AND ALL OF THESE PUSH FACTS TO THE MEDICAL ADVICE WE ARE GETTING, I THINK IT IS THE PUBLIC’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PUT PUBLIC’S RESPONSIBILITY TO PUT US BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A SOCIAL% STUDIES PROJECT WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU WE SHOULD BE? >> I’M SO AFRAID TO GO BACK BUT MY HEART IS WITH THE PARENTS AND THE PARENTS WHO DON’T HAVE THE CHOICE TO WORK INSIDE OF THE HOME OR THE MEMES OR THE ACCESS TO GET A PRIVATE TUTOR I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S BECAUSE I I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S BECAUSE I WORKED IN DIFFERENT PLACES BUT THIS IS MY CALLING I FEEL LIKE, IT IS MY DUTY TO GO BACK TO WORK BACK TO WORK AT THE SAME TIME I FULLY SUPPORT ANY TEACHER SUCH AS MARK, I’M NOT SURE HOW CHRISTOPHER FIELDS WHO FEELS IT IS NOT SAFE TO GO BACK I WISH MORE DISTRICTS COULD GIVE THE OPTION THERE ARE DISTRICTS THAT CAN DO THAT I AM CONCERNED BECAUSE I’M NOT HEARING VOICES FROM STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ARE SPECIAL ED TEACHERS ARE SPECIAL ED

WE ARE JUST THREE VOICES FROM HERE SO MANY TEACHERS HAVE FEARS AND CHILDREN’S MAY BE NOT BE IN THE SAME DISTRICT WILL HAVE THE THE SAME DISTRICT WILL HAVE THE SUPERVISION THEY NEED, THE CHILD IS HOME FOR ONLINE SCHOOLING BECAUSE THE DISTRICT IS ONLINE BUT THE PARENT TEACHER MUST TEACH FACE-TO-FACE OR TEACH DIGITALLY FROM A BUILDING SO THERE SO MANY CONSIDERATIONS BUT I RESPECT EVERYONE’S DECISION I KNOW, I WON’T LIE, I HAVE BEEN TOLD SOME THINGS BUT I AM OKAY WITH IT I NEVER WAITED FOR ANYONE TO ASK MY OPINION I’VE NEVER APOLOGIZE SO, I AM WITH THE PARENTS >> LET ME LIKE CHRISTOPHER WEARING — LET ME LIKE CHRISTOPHER WAY N >> AS A TEACHER I WANT TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM I GOT INTO IT BECAUSE OF THE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS HOWEVER DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU ASK ME AND WHAT I PREVIOUSLY READ ITS WAY’S MY OPINION BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY INUNDATED WITH SO MUCH INFORMATION ONE DAY IT SOUNDS GREAT AND ANOTHER DAY IT SAYS IN GEORGIA THEY ARE QUARANTINING 1200 STUDENTS IT IS A DIFFICULT SITUATION AND WE WANT TO DO WHAT WE CAN FOR THE STUDENTS BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE AND WE ARE SAVED AS STATED WE HAVE PEOPLE AROUND US WHO HAVE ISSUES THOUGH IT IS NOT, A CUT AND DRY SITUATION WHERE YOU CAN SAY I WANT THIS PAIR AS TEACHERS WE TEND TO ROLL WITH WHAT HAPPENS I JUST WANT TO BE SAFE >> YES, GOOD SEGUE TO GET BACK I THINK WE HAVE WORKED OUT YOUR BUGS >> CAN YOU HEAR ME? >> THIS IS SO IMPORTANT WE LOSE THIS IS A BIG CONVERSATION I KNOW WE ARE RUNNING LONG BUT YOU WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF EXPLAINING HOW PARENTS CAN DECIDE AND TEACHERS FOR THEMSELVES, WHEN IT IS SAFE AND OUT THEY CAN’T DETERMINE IF IT IS IT IS SAFE TO DO FACE-TO-FACE OR IN PERSON >> SO AGAIN, I APOLOGIZE FOR MISSING PART OF THE CONVERSATION IF I’M REPEATING MYSELF FIRST OF ALL YOU HAVE TO ASK YOUR HOUSEHOLD RISK TOLERANCE WHAT DO YOU HAVE GOING ON AT HOME THAT WOULD MAKE IT SAFE OR UNSAFE FOR YOU TO RETURN TO IN PERSON LEARNING AS A STUDENT, PERSON LEARNING AS A STUDENT, PARENT OR, ANCILLARY STAFF IN A SCHOOL WHAT ARE THE NEEDS OF YOUR CHILD DIFFERENT CHILDREN LEARN DIFFERENTLY SPECIAL SERVICES ARE DONE PERHAPS THAT IS WHERE A CHILD GETS NUTRITION IN SOME CASES IT IS A REAL WORLD CONSIDERATION PARENTS NEED TO KNOW THAT THE CHILD WILL BE CARED FOR BECAUSE THEY CANNOT CARE FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE OTHERWISE WORKING BUT THEN EVEN BIGGER PICTURE YOU HAVE TO ASK WHETHER THE SCHOOL IS READY WHAT ARE THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR RISK MITIGATION WHETHER THAT IS MASKS, CLEANING, SYMPTOM SCREENING, RESPONSE TO POSITIVE CASES ARE YOU AS A PARENT OR TEACHER COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT THE SCHOOL WAS DOING AND THAT SPEAKS TO WHAT THE SUPERINTENDENTS HAVE ADDRESSED FINALLY THE BIG PITCHER, WHAT DO THE NUMBERS LOOK LIKE IN YOUR SCHOOL, IN YOUR CITIES, IN THE COUNTY AND IN THE STATE BECAUSE THOSE NOT ONLY CHANGE YOUR PERSONAL RISK, — IT CHANGES EVERYTHING IF ALL OF A SUDDEN THE CASE POSITIVITY GO ABOVE FIVE OR 10%, THAT WOULD SUGGEST WIDESPREAD TRANSMISSION AND AT THAT POINT IT IS NO ONE’S DECISION IS THE GOVERNOR’S DECISION WHETHER OR NOT WE GO BACK TO A STAY-AT-HOME WATER I THINK EVERYONE NEEDS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE RISK WILL NEVER BE 0 EVERYONE’S TOLERANCE WILL BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT I THINK BECAUSE EVERY FAMILY HAS DIFFERENT NEEDS AND DIFFERENT RISK TOLERANCE, THE SCHOOLS SHOULD DO WHAT THEY CAN TO ACCOMMODATE IN PERSON AND REMOTE OPTIONS IF POSSIBLE KNOWING THAT OPTIONS IF POSSIBLE KNOWING THAT IN PERSON EDUCATION IS THE BEST CHOICE AND THE MOST IDEAL GOAL >> I WANT TO QUICKLY FOLLOW UP, YOU MENTIONED THE CASES, YOU AND I AND EVERYONE AT LOCAL FOUR PROMISED WE WOULD NEVER GET TOO RATTLED OR TOO DELIGHTED BY ANY SINGLE PHASE DATA HOWEVER TODAY’S NEW REPORTS ON CASES TOOK US BACK OVER 1,000 CASES WE JUMPED QUITE A BIT OVER THE LAST ONE TO FOUR HOURS I KNOW, NO ONE WILL BE EXPECTED TO MAKE DECISIONS ON ONE SET OF CASES BUT WHAT ARE YOUR CONCERNS AS YOU LOOK AT THE NEWEST REPORT TODAY LACKS >> NOT JUST THE NEWEST REPORT FROM TODAY, IF YOU LOOK AT THE CURB, THE STATE OF MICHIGAN LOGS CASES BY THE DATE OF ONSET SO IN FACT WE REPORT ON THE

NEWS, A NEW NUMBER OF CASES EVERY DAY BUT YOU ACCEPT A LOOK AT THE MIGHT START GRAPHS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT DATE THOSE NEW CASES ARE ACTUALLY PLACED ON THEY ARE NOT DISTRIBUTED ON THE DATE WE REPORT THEM, THEY ARE DISTRIBUTED IN SOME CASES ONE WEEK OR TWO BEFORE BECAUSE THAT IS WHEN THE ONSET WAS I’VE BEEN WATCHING THE SYMPTOM ONSET GRAFT [ INAUDIBLE ] >> IT HAS BEEN SLOWLY BUILDING SO TODAY’S HEIGHT NUMBER WILL JUST ADD TO THE LAST SEVERAL COUNTS ULTIMATELY, WHAT WE NEED TO FOCUS ON IS NOT ONLY THE DAILY CASE COUNT BUT WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS EVIDENCE OF ONGOING COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION HONESTLY THE SCHOOLS ARE A HUGE PRIORITY, BUT ULTIMATELY THIS WILL HAVE RIPPLE EFFECTS LIKE CASINOS AND RESTAURANTS, YOU NAME THE BUSINESS, WE WILL HAVE TO REAL THINGS BACK IF THOSE NUMBERS GO UP FRANKLY, I THINK MAKING THE CASE THAT TAKING PROPER PRECAUTIONS THAT TAKING PROPER PRECAUTIONS WHETHER DISTANCING OR WHATEVER, IT WOULD HELP EVERYTHING IS ABSOLUTELY ACCURATE IF WE AS A SOCIETY DO NOT DO OUR PART INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A SOCIETY TO REDUCE TRANSMISSION, WE WILL CONTINUE ON A — IF YOU WE WILL CONTINUE ON A — IF YOU LOOK AT THE CURVE OF DAILY NEW CASES AND THE GENERAL TREND IT IS ACTUALLY GOING UPWARD AND THERE’S A SLIGHT DOWNWARD TRAJECTORY BATCH OF THOUGHTFUL ANYONE BECAUSE IF THERE ARE NEW CASES THAT OCCUR HERE THEY GET REDISTRIBUTED, ALL OF A SUDDEN A COUPLE OF DAYS THAT DOWNWARD AREA WILL GO RIGHT BACK UP SO THIS IS A MUCH BIGGER THING THAN LOOKING AT DAILY CASE COUNT SPIRIT I’M SURE THERE ARE EPIDEMIOLOGISTS IN LANSING, I KNOW THE MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF THE MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ARE LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS ON A DAILY BASIS AND EVERYONE IS TRYING TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT WHEN WE NEED TO PULL THE TRIGGER ON ROLLING THINGS BACK IF NECESSARY THIS WILL BE A DECISION NOT ONLY AT A STATE LEVEL BUT A REGIONAL LEVEL THAT IS WHY I ENCOURAGE EVERY PARENT TO STAY ACTIVE AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE NUMBERS AGAIN >> ALL RIGHT, WE’RE STARTING TO STRUGGLE WITH YOUR SIGNAL PHASE NOT ONLY IN THEIR CITY AND COUNTY, BUT IN THE WHOLE BECAUSE THAT IS REALLY WHAT MATTERS, THE THAT IS REALLY WHAT MATTERS, THE BIGGER PITCHER AND DRAWING ALL — BOUND TO A SMALL AREA THERE MAY BE A HOTSPOT IN A SPECIFIC COUNTY THAT MAY ACCOUNT FOR A LOT OF CASES BUT THERE MAY BE ANOTHER AREA THAT IS JUST FINE I WANT TO MAKE ANOTHER POINT THERE ARE SOME COUNTIES THAT ARE PERHAPS HOT AREAS WE ALWAYS SAY, PEOPLE DON’T LIVE AT A COUNTY LINE SO I’M JUST ARBITRARILY GOING TO SAY MACOMB COUNTY GET THE NUMBERS THERE GO UP THAT GET THE NUMBERS THERE GO UP THAT DOESN’T MEAN THOSE ARE ONLY MACOMB COUNTY PEOPLE RESIDENTS IN OAKLAND COUNTY GO THERE BUT THE SCHOOLS AND THE CHILDREN, GENERALLY ONLY REALLY REPRESENT SPECIFIC GEOGRAPHIES AND THAT IS A MORE CONTROLLABLE THING, PATTERNS OF TRAFFIC FOR THING, PATTERNS OF TRAFFIC FOR EMPLOYMENT — SO THOSE ARE OTHER CONSIDERATIONS THAT I THINK NEED TO GO INTO THE MIX >> WE HAVE TO GET TO SOME OTHER QUESTIONS >> THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS, CONCERNS AND EMOTIONS WHEN IT BECOMES TO RETURN TO SCHOOL WE DECIDED TO TAKE A POLL AND WE PULLED 100 PEOPLE HERE’S A LOOK AT THE RESULTS DO YOU THINK IT SHOULD RETURN TO IN PERSON SCHOOL CLASSES THIS FALL? 50% SAID NO 32% SAID YES NEXT, HOW LONG SHOULD VIRTUAL ONLY EXIST? ONLY THE FIRST SEMESTER WINS WITH 34% 30% WANTS TO WAIT UNTIL A WORKING VACCINE AND 22% SAID THE ENTIRE FALL SEMESTER >> THIS WAS INTERESTING BECAUSE WHEN I ASKED HOW CONFIDENT YOU ARE THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WON’T MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION ABOUT RETURNING TO IN PERSON CLASSES AND WHEN TO DO SO, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS 39% WERE NOT CONFIDENT AND 24% SAID THEY WERE VERY UNCONFIDENT AND 28% SAY THEY ARE CONFIDENT WITH THE DECISIONS HOPEFULLY BY LISTENING TO THE SUPERINTENDENTS THIS EVENING THEY MAKE IT MORE CONFIDENT UNDERSTANDING THERE’S A LOT OF THOUGHT GOING INTO THIS THIS IS WHAT IS KEEPING THESE EDUCATORS UP AT NIGHT SO THERE’S A LOT OF THOUGHT THE SCIENCE IS CHANGING, IT IS A NOVEL CORONAVIRUS IT IS NEW THEY ARE LEARNING SO THEY HAVE TO LEARN AS WELL >> WE KEEP FORGETTING THE WORD NOVEL >> NOT THE GOOD NOVEL >> IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE ENTIRE

POLE AND WE SUGGEST YOU BECOME A INSIDER CHECK OUT OUR HOME PAGE CHALLENGING TIME FOR PARENTS EACH FAMILY AS WE HAVE MENTIONED MAKING THEIR OWN CHOICES FOR THEIR OWN DIFFERENT SETS OF REASONS WE HAVE TWO PARENTS WITH US KEITH — KEISHA BARBER HAS A NINTH GRADE ARE IN A SEVENTH GRADER AND NIKKI LITTLE HAS TWIN BOYS GOING INTO THE SECOND GRADE THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT AS WE KEEP FITTING ALL OF THE BOXES KEISHA WANT TO START WITH YOU YOU’RE MAKING A SPLIT CHOICE YOU’RE KEEPING YOUR DAUGHTER AT HOME TO LEARN BUT YOU ARE SENDING YOUR SON TO SCHOOL IN PERSON TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE IN THE TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE IN THE DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE >> WELL IT WAS A HARD DECISION BUT MY SON IS ENTERING THE NINTH GRADE HE’S CHANGING SCHOOLS HE’S ENTERING THE NEW SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THE SCHOOL THAT WE CHOSE, IT HAS A SMALL CLASSROOM SIZE I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE DEANS AND PRINCIPLES AND THEY WON’T HAVE ANY MORE THAN SEVEN SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM IF IT COMES TO BE MORE THAN THEY WILL ALERT ME AND LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND I CAN SOON AS POSSIBLE AND I CAN CHANGE AT ANY TIME TO BRING HIM HOME FOR REMOTE LEARNING MY DAUGHTER HAS AT THE SAME SCHOOL SINCE KINDERGARTEN SHE’S FAMILIAR WITH HER TEACHERS SHE WAS VERY INVOLVED WITH ONLINE LEARNING WHEN THEY ENDED SCHOOL ABRUPTLY SHE’S COMFORTABLE WITH THAT MY SON, BECAUSE HE IS GOING INTO A NEW ENVIRONMENT, ARE AS CONCERNED AS I AM, I’M GOING TO SEND HIM INTO THE BUILDING HE KNOWS HOW TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND AT ANY POINT IF HE FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE WE WILL CHANGE IT AND BRING THEM HOME >> IT SOUNDS TO ME THAT RATHER THAN SAYING YOU ARE CONFIDENT AND COMFORTABLE YOU ARE SWEATING BULLETS >> I AM SWEATING BULLETS I DON’T THINK EITHER SITUATION IS EASY FOR ME HAVING THEM HOME WILL BE HARD BECAUSE I’M A SINGLE MOM, AND% WITH MY DAUGHTER BEING HOME, NEITHER SITUATION IS NEITHER SITUATION IS COMFORTABLE I’M NOT COMFORTABLE WITH EITHER I’M NOT COMFORTABLE WITH EITHER DECISION TOUGH DECISIONS FOR THE PARENTS >> YOU SAY YOUR SONS WILL BE LEARNING VIRTUALLY BUT YOU ARE MAKING PLANS SO THEY CAN WORK WITH OTHER CLASSMATES IS THIS ONE OF THE PODS WE ARE HEARING ABOUT? >> YES >> S IT IS WE HAVE DECIDED TO PARTNER WITH TWO OTHER FAMILIES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WHO ARE APPROACHING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SAFETY GUIDELINES THE SAME WAY OUR FAMILY IS BEFORE WE HEARD FROM OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, MY HUSBAND AND I WE HAVE BEEN WORKING FROM HOME SO WE WERE IN THE SAME SITUATION AS MANY OTHER PARENTS WHERE WE WERE TEACHING OUR KIDS AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO WORK FROM HOME AND MAKE IT WORK THERE IT WAS DIFFICULT AND WE MADE IT THROUGH AND WE ARE WAITING FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO MAKE ADDITION AND WE WERE LEANING TOWARDS VIRTUAL AND THEY WENT ALL VIRTUAL SO WE STARTED TALKING WITH FAMILIES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND FIGURING OUT HOW WE COULD FIND SOME THAT WE TRUST WHO WOULD AGREE TO HAVE OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH US DURING THE PROCESS AND WE COULD STILL HAVE SOCIALIZATION AND SMALL GROUP LEARNING THAT WE KNOW IS CRUCIAL >> NIKKI YOU ARE FROM BERKELEY DESCRIBED FROM ME, WHAT YOUR EXPERIENCE WAS FOR THE LAST THREE MONTHS TRYING TO DO IT AT HOME HOW DID IT GO? >> IT WAS A ROLLER COASTER, SOME DAYS WENT WELL OTHER DAYS WERE CHALLENGING, IT’S NOT IDEAL TO WORK FROM HOME AND TRY TO TEACH CHILDREN BUT WE MADE IT WORK AND WE TOOK IT ONE DAY AT A TIME AND WE TOOK IT ONE DAY AT A TIME AND WE ARE FORTUNATE THAT THE TEACHERS THE SCHOOL AND THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS BEEN SO OPENLY SUPPORTIVE AND THEY’VE BEEN DOING THE BEST THAT THEY COULD DO AND LIKE THE SUPERINTENDENTS HERE WERE SAYING IT IS A VERY PERSONALIZED DECISION AND WE HAVE TO WEIGH THE RISKS AND ASSESS WHAT IS BEST FOR EACH FAMILY SO WHEN OUR FAMILIES DOING MAY NOT WORK FOR OTHER FAMILIES BUT THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE DECIDED AND WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND DO WHATEVER WE CAN’T MAKE IT WORK >> THIS IS SO REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT’S GOING ON THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY WE JUST THESE TWO MOTHERS RUNNING THE GAMUT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BEST EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN SO WE HAVE ANOTHER VIEWER QUESTIO FOCUSING ON WHAT HAPPENS IF SCHOOL HAS COVID-19 CASES A REAL CONCERN FOR PARENTS DENISE FROM SOUTH WYANT ASKED THIS, I’VE LOOKED AT MY DISTRICTS PLAN AS WELL AS NEIGHBORING DISTRICT PLANS AND NEIGHBORING DISTRICT PLANS AND THEY ALL SAY IF A COVID-19 CASES

DETECTED THEY WILL FOLLOW RECOMMENDATIONS BUT WHAT ARE THOSE SCENARIOS, WHAT WILL THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT RECOMMEND MY BIGGEST CONCERN SHE CONTINUES FOR GOING BACK IN PERSON IS NOT THE DISEASE ITSELF BUT THE INCONSISTENCY OF JUMPING BACK AND FORTH FROM IN PERSON TO REMOTE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT SITUATIONS WILL REQUIRE A MOVE TO REMOTE ANYTIME A PERSON IN THE SCHOOL IS DIAGNOSED OR JUST A SPECIFIC CLASS NOT SURE HOW THAT WILL WORK IN SECONDARY BUT THAT IS A BIG QUESTION >> IT’S MASSIVE EVEN THOUGH THIS ONE IS SPECIFIC TO OAKLAND COUNTY, ALL OF YOU, SUPERINTENDENTS HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT I BELIEVE WE SERVE RANDY WITH THE SPIRIT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IF ALL OF A SUDDEN WE GET SOME CASES IN THE SCHOOL, WOULD WE DO? >> 12 THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT WAYNE COUNTY HAS LAID OUT A CLEAR PLAN IN REGARDS TO WHAT WILL HAPPEN AND IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING DOWN SOUTH AND SOME OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT HAVE OPEN IT’S A SIMILAR PROCESS FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THAT IS, FIRST OF ALL YOU AND THAT IS, FIRST OF ALL YOU CONTACT TRACE AND THEN YOU WILL QUARANTINE THOSE PEOPLE THAT IS WHY YOU SEE THE NUMBERS GOING UP SO QUICKLY AND WHY THERE IS ANXIETY AMONG SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT THEY WILL BE IN THIS ROLLING START AND STOP BECAUSE JUST A HANDFUL OF CASES COULD LEAD YOU TO SEVERAL HUNDRED STUDENTS AND STAFF THAT HAVE TO BE QUARANTINES AND SCHOOL HAS TO SHUT DOWN >> YOU KNOW DR. NIKOLAI VITTI DOESN’T HAVE TO GUESS AT THIS THEY ACTUALLY HAD THIS IN SUMMER SCHOOL THEY HAD THREE CASES AND THEY RENT THE PERCENTAGE SPIRITUAL DR. NIKOLAI VITTI THE QUESTION IS WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU FOUND OUT THAT THOSE STUDENTS DID OUT THAT THOSE STUDENTS DID INDEED TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID DID YOU QUARANTINE THE ENTIRE CLASSROOM IT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE STUDENTS WHO MAY HAVE COME IN CONTACT SO JUST TO BUILD OFF OF WHAT RANDY HAS STATED I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THE IMAGES AND PHOTOS WE SAW FROM PLACES LIKE GEORGIA REGARDING THE OPENING WHERE EXAMPLES OF REOPENING THAT WERE INAPPROPRIATE AND IRRESPONSIBLE AND DID NOT FOLLOW A LOT OF THE GUIDELINES PUT OUT BY THE CDC YOU CAN’T OPEN UP A SCHOOL WITH ONE 100% OF THE KIDS BACK WITHOUT MASKS, TRAVELING IN THE HALLWAY WITHOUT STAGGERED SCHEDULES, THAT IS A RECIPE FOR MAYHEM IF ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS THINKING OF OPENING UP LIKE THAT IT IS CONTRADICTORY TO THE BEST PRACTICE WE KNOW REGARDING COVID-19 SAFETY SO IN THE SUMMER, WE DID HAVE TO TEST BECAUSE OF A COURT ORDER, THE STUDENTS WHO TESTED POSITIVE WERE IN THREE SEPARATE SCHOOLS AFTER TWO WEEKS THEY TESTED AFTER TWO WEEKS OF SUMMER SCHOOL SO WE DIDN’T SEE A SPREAD OF COVID DUE TO THEM BEING IN THREE SEPARATE AREAS ALL THREE WERE ASYMPTOMATIC AND ALL THREE WERE ASYMPTOMATIC AND WERE NOT SICK TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION DIRECTLY, BECAUSE, WE HAD SMALL CLASS SIZES WHICH WE WOULD IN THE FALL IF WE OPEN FACE-TO-FACE, YOU CAN IDENTIFY WHAT STUDENTS WERE IN CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER AND WHAT TEACHER WAS INVOLVED AND THEY ALL GO TO A SELF QUARANTINE FOR 14-10 DAYS IT WOULD BE STUDENTS AND ANY EMPLOYEES AND THEN WE WOULD SHIFT TO ONLINE LEARNING AFTER THAT POINT, THE PARENT WOULD FACE-TO-FACE OR CONTINUE ONLINE >> WE HAVE A COUPLE OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE JUMPED AND WE WILL GET TO THEM I WANT TO LET THE OTHER TWO SUPERINTENDENTS TALK ABOUT THE MATTER THAT WAS AN OAKLAND PARENT IS THAT THE QUESTION AND SO DOCTOR WANDA TELL US WHAT YOU WOULD DO >> WE ARE PARTNERING WITH THE OAKLAND COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT WE WILL ASSIGN A NURSE TO EVERY SINGLE DISTRICT IN OAKLAND COUNTY DEPENDING ON THE SIZE AND THE DEMOGRAPHICS AND THE FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT WHICH IS WHAT WE USE, THEY WILL HAVE ANYWHERE FROM 1-3 NURSES WE WILL HAVE A NURSE THAT WILL BE MONITORING THEM IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND MONITORING THE PROCESS AND IT’S EXACTLY AS RANDY SAID WE WILL FOLLOW THE STEPS AND WE WILL HAVE A NURSE MONITORING THIS IN ADDITION WE HAVE SET UP A MEETING WITH THE EXECUTIVE DEPUTY THAT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS TWO HE AND HIS STAFF WILL BE ON A PHONE CALL WITH ALL 28 LOCAL SUPERINTENDENTS EVERY SINGLE WEEK THE ONE THING WE HAVE TO REMEMBER IS SUPERINTENDENTS MAKE DIFFICULT DECISIONS THIS IS 1st AND FOREMOST A HEALTH CRISIS WE NEED THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT MAKING THESE DECISIONS AND MONITORING THIS PAPER THE MONITORING THIS PAPER THE SUPERINTENDENTS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE WITH SAFETY THE SAFETY OF STAFF AND THE SAFETY OF STUDENTS THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN PROVIDE A NO RISK ENVIRONMENT BUT WE ARE

TRYING TO REDUCE IT TO THE LOWEST IT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE NORMALLY WOULD BE EDUCATION NORMALLY WOULD BE EDUCATION FIRST I JUST HAD OUR SAFETY REQUIREMENTS ARE POSTED ON THE REQUIREMENTS ARE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE AND WE HAVE INCLUDED THEM IN EVERY SINGLE PLAN THAT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE BOARD THAT’S DUE THIS FRIDAY AND IT OUTLINES SPECIFICALLY WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN EACH CASE SO MOM AND DAD COULD LOOK AT IT IN ADVANCE AND KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN EVERY TEACHER WOULD KNOW WHAT HAPPENS I’M PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT, THAT SITUATION AND THE PREDICTABILITY UNDER ALL OF THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES >> SO WE HAVE HEARD A LOT FROM SUPERINTENDENTS AND TEACHERS AND PARENTS, WHAT DO THE STUDENT’S THING WE HAVE A GROUP OF THEM WITH US AND JOINING US OLIVIA AN INCOMING FRESHMAN AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, HOW’S THAT FOR STATE UNIVERSITY, HOW’S THAT FOR YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR AND JACKSON DOUGLAS IS A SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE IN HIGH SCHOOL AND DAVIS IS A SENIOR SO I WANT TO GET TO ALL OF YOU ON YOUR THOUGHTS AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE SCHOOL YEAR I REALLY DO FEEL FOR THE COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO PUT SO MUCH THOUGHT INTO GOING A WAY TO SCHOOL AND HAVING THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE AND THIS IS HERE SO LET ME START WITH YOU OLIVIA WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? >> SO I AM STILL GOING TO SCHOOL IN THE FALL THEY GAVE US A CHOICE OF STAYING HOME OR LIVING ON CAMPUS AND RIGHT NOW ALL OF MY CLASSES WILL BE ONLINE WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO HEAR BECAUSE I’M GOING INTO A COMPLETELY NEW ATMOSPHERE AND I WILL HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME ADJUSTING JUST BECAUSE I WILL HAVE LESS RELATIONSHIPS WITH MY PROFESSOR AND IT WILL BE HARD, PROFESSOR AND IT WILL BE HARD, JUST GOING INTO A NEW ACADEMIC EDUCATIONAL ATMOSPHERE AND NOW I AM THROWN A CURVE BALL EVERYTHING WILL HAVE TO BE VIRTUAL >> NOT THE WAY YOU DREAM IT UP >> JACKSON, TALK TO ME ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT GOING BACK TO SCHOOL >> I’M ACTUALLY GOING IN AS A FRESHMAN >> I’M SORRY IN A HYBRID MODE WHICH MEANS I GO AND SOME DAYS AND I STAY HOME SOMEDAY SPIRIT WHICH MEANS I GET THE SAFETY OF STAYING HOME AND BEING PROTECTED WHILE ALSO BEING ABLE TO GET THE IN CLASS EXPERIENCE WITH MY SCHOOL WE HAVE IN THE WITH MY SCHOOL WE HAVE IN THE ACADEMY, YOU GET THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE, BEING ABLE TO EXCHANGE BETWEEN CLASSES LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL WORD AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE SOME OF THE SAME TEACHERS THAT I WOULD HAVE HAD IN THE ACADEMY >> IF IT WAS COMPLETELY UP TO YOU, IS THIS HOW YOU WOULD DO IT A HALF-AND-HALF OR WOULD YOU RATHER DO IT ONE WAY OR THE OTHER? >> I PERSONALLY ADAPTED TO THE REMOTE STYLE AND I FEEL LIKE I HAVE ROOM TO GROW BUT I CAN WORK WITH IT AND HAVING THAT LITTLE THAT OF TEACHER INTERACTION COULD HELP ME A LOT >> WE HAVEN’T TALKED ABOUT THE KIDS FOR WHOM THAT WAS A BETTER SITUATION >> WE JUST ASSUME >> WE WANT TO HEAR FROM THE STUDENTS WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? D’ANGELO SO FAR, WE HAVE NOT DECIDED ABOUT IN PERSON I LIKE VIRTUAL BECAUSE IT WOULD BE EASIER AND LESS RISKY FOR ME AND ONCE THE SPREAD STARTED IN MARCH I WANTED TO DO THE ONLINE LEARNING AND I GOT USED TO THAT AND I FEEL LIKE IT WOULD BE SAFER >> AND YOU’RE RIGHT, LISTENING TO THE STUDENTS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THAT’S WHO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT I’M JUST CURIOUS, I WANT TO KNOW IF WE HAVE TIME I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR YOUR SUPERINTENDENTS BUT I WANT TO GET TO ONE MORE VIEWER QUESTION THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM SEVRAL PEOPLE AND RUSSELL IN PLYMOUTH SAYS, YES, WHAT ABOUT — THIS IS SOMETHING FOR COLLEGE KIDS TRICK WHAT ABOUT CAP YEAR SO WHAT RUSSELL CONTINUES TO SAY IS, WHY WOULD IT WORK WHY WOULDN’T IT AND CHRIS IN MACOMB TOWNSHIP SAYS CAN YOU SKIP THE YEAR END RETURN TO SCHOOL IN THE FALL OF 2021 WHY AREN’T THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS GIVEN THE OPTION OF A GAP YEAR THIS ONE BOGGLES THE MIND BECAUSE KEEP IN MIND WE ARE NOT JUST COMPETING ON THE STATE LEVEL WE HAVE TO COMPETE ON A GLOBAL LEVEL AND PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL PICK >> OLIVIA DID YOU THINK ABOUT TAKING A CAP YEAR? >> HONESTLY, NO I DID NOT THINK

OF THAT BECAUSE PERSONALLY FOR ME, I CAN ADJUST TO ONLINE AND IN PERSON LEARNING REGARDLESS OF MY PREFERENCE BUT I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE A CAP YEAR WOULD BE FOR ME PACIFICALLY TO FALL BEHIND A YEAR END HAVING TO FALL BEHIND A YEAR END HAVING TO GIVE UP MY WHOLE YEAR OF SCHOOLING IT WOULD’VE BEEN LIKE UNCOMFORTABLE FOR ME TOO NOT MOVE ON WITH MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE PICK >> I GUESS I WILL BE THE ONE WHO SOUNDS LIKE THE GRUMPY OLD MAN WHO WANTS THE KIDS OFF OF HIS LAWN DO YOU THINK YOUR FRIENDS HAVE A DO YOU THINK YOUR FRIENDS HAVE A GRASP OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS VIRUS HOW SERIOUS DO YOU THINK YOUR FRIENDS GENERALLY THINK OF THIS FRIENDS GENERALLY THINK OF THIS AS A RISK IN THEIR LIVES? >> SO WITH EVERYTHING HAPPENING I REALIZE WE ARE THE MOST HARDHEADED GENERATION NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE TAKE IT SERIOUS I ALWAYS TAKE EXTRA MASKS WITH ME JUST GOING BY PEERS, IT DEPENDS ON HOW THEY ACTUALLY LOOK AT IT OR WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN’T TAKE IT SERIOUS AS FIRST BUT NOW THEY HAVE OPENED THEIR EYES TO SEE THIS IS SERIOUS >> JACKSON, SAME QUESTION FOR YOU >> MY FRIENDS, WE DON’T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE SERIOUS THINGS HAPPEN IN THE WORLD BUT WE STILL TAKE IT SERIOUSLY WE STILL WEAR OUR MASKS IN PUBLIC BUT WE JUST LIKE TO NOT THINK ABOUT IT REALLY >> THAT’S GOING TO BE A KEY FOR THE OLDER STUDENTS THAT THEY ARE TAKING IT SERIOUS A LOT OF THAT DEPENDS ON WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE HOUSEHOLD >> I WANT TO SEE WHO WE STILL HAVE ON THE CALL HAVE ON THE CALL BEFORE WE GO, A LOT OF YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING PATIENTLY WITHOUT HAVING SET MUCH OVER THE LAST 45 AN HOUR, YOU HAVE HEARD A LOT AN HOUR, YOU HAVE HEARD A LOT SO TERRENCE, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADHERE BEFORE WE SAY GOODBYE AND WE WILL GET SOME MORE FINAL THOUGHTS I JUST WANT TO ADD THAT IT WAS I JUST WANT TO ADD THAT IT WAS SAID EARLIER, THIS IS LESS ABOUT TEACHING AND LEARNING AND MORE ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY WHEN I THINK ABOUT MY MEMBERS WHO SACRIFICE SO MUCH BACK IN WHO SACRIFICE SO MUCH BACK IN MARCH AND PICKED UP AND ADJUSTED AND DID EXTREMELY WELL WITH THE ONLINE PLATFORM AND WITHOUT HAVING MUCH TIME TO PREPARE IT ALL, THEY DID A GREAT JOB ON HOW THEY COULD POSITIVELY AFFECT CHILDREN WITH CALLING HOME AND MAKING SURE THEY WERE SAFE AND CHECKING ON FAMILY MEMBERS THEY DID A GREAT JOB AND I DON’T THINK ENOUGH HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT THAT BUT IT WAS OUTSTANDING TO SEE HOW MUCH THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS REALLY LOVE THE STUDENTS AND WERE ABLE TO SACRIFICE ALSO, VERY CAUTIOUS ABOUT REALLY HOW THIS IS AFFECTING DETROIT AND THE BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES AT A DISPROPORTIONATE RATE WE WANT TO LOOK AT IF IT IS SAFE TO RETURN TO SCHOOL OR SHOULD WE BE ONLINE WE REALLY HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT THE IMPACT HAS BEEN TO OUR COMMUNITY WE HAVE STUDENTS THAT WE TEACH, THAT HAVE LOST LOVED ONES BACK AND WERE NOT ABLE TO MOURN THEM IN THE WAY WE TRADITIONALLY MOURNED LOVE ONES SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS THIS WILL BE AN ISSUE RELATIVE TO THE WILL BE AN ISSUE RELATIVE TO THE STUDENTS MENTAL HEALTH, AND THEN EXPERIENCING A HIGH LEVEL OF TRAUMA, ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT WE HAVE SEEN WITH THE RECENT AND ONGOING ISSUES WITH POLICE BRUTALITY ALL OF THIS PLAYS A PART IN HOW WE WILL SAFELY EDUCATE THE CHILDREN AND TO KEEP THEM HEALTHY THROUGHOUT THIS EXPERIENCE THIS IS TOUGH FOR EVERYONE AND ON ALL SIDES OF THE ISSUE BUT AT THE CORE, IT IS THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE STUDENTS >> AND THAT TAKES ME BACK TO THE POINT THAT PAUL — I PROBABLY MADE TERRENCE IS RIGHT, WHEN WE SEE HOW INTENSE IT HAS BEEN IN DETROIT AND OTHER COMMUNITIES, BUT IF I AM A TEACHER IN EAST TALIS, IT’S DIFFICULT TO CONNECT TO THAT PASSIONATELY AND I’M CURIOUS AS TO WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE GIVEN EVERYTHING YOU’VE HEARD OVER THE LAST HOUR AND A HALF >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH ONE OF THE THINGS I WOULD SAY I THINK THE PANDEMIC HAS SHOWN A BRIGHT LIGHT ON THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM THE WORK THAT EDUCATORS DO ACROSS THE BOARD, WE ARE A CONSTANT FOR MANY CHILDREN WE TAKE THAT SERIOUSLY, WE TALK WE TAKE THAT SERIOUSLY, WE TALK ABOUT THE PROFOUND TRUST, AND WE

WANT TO ENSURE NOT ONLY THAT THEY GET A QUALITY EDUCATION BUT THAT THEY FEEL SAFE AND SECURE AS HUMA BEINGS AND SO, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER WE ARE FACE TO FACE, HYBRID PART-TIME OR FACE-TO-FACE, WE ARE ALL REMOTE LEARNING WE TAKE THAT SERIOUSLY, EDUCATORS WILL REMEDIATE AND ASSESS AND ENSURE AND FIND OUT WHERE THE LEARNING GAPS ARE AND WHERE THEY MAY BE THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO THE GOOD WORK BUT IF ONE LESSON HAS BEEN LEARNED FROM ALL OF THIS, IT IS THAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY AND WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE THOSE CONNECTIONS WITH THOSE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND EVERYTHING THEY PROVIDE >> WE ARE REMINDED OF THE WAY WE CIRCULATE AROUND THE EDUCATION SYSTEM THANK YOU WE HAVE BEEN PATIENT WE WILL LET YOU GO THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF OUR CONVERSATIONS THAT I PICKED EIGHT THANK YOU HAVE A GREAT NIGHT >> LET’S GET BACK TO SOME MORE QUESTIONS WE HAVE FROM VIEWERS BARB FROM WARREN ONCE ABOUT THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER DOES NOT ALLOW GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN TEN PEOPLE HOW IS IT SAFE FOR CHILDREN TO BE IN SCHOOL, WILL THEY LIMIT EACH CLASSROOM TO NINE STUDENTS AND ONE TEACHER, PROBABLY NOT UNASSUMING AND DR. NIKOLAI VITTI YOU WANT TO TAKE A CRACK AT THAT? TO TAKE A CRACK AT THAT? I ALWAYS GET THE HARD QUESTIONS >> WELL I’M THE ONLY ONE WILLING TO ANSWER TO ANSWER , SO WE HAVE BEEN ASKING THAT QUESTION OURSELVES AS WE REVIEWED THE OPENING PLAN WE HAVE CONTACTED THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE ABOUT THAT AND FRANKLY THIS IS ONE OF THE EXAMPLES OF CONTRADICTION AROUND EXAMPLES OF CONTRADICTION AROUND MANY EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAT HAVE BEEN RELEASED THAT ARE OFTEN CONTRADICTORY BUT THE GUIDANCE WE HAVE RECEIVED IS THAT THAT EXECUTIVE ORDER, BAD DECISIONS DID NOT APPLY TO THE SCHOOLS NOW I CAN’T INTERPRET THAT I CAN EXPLAIN THAT KIM YOU HAVE TO TALK TO THE GOVERNOR OR HER OFFICE OR –) IS THE GUIDANCE WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN I WILL CONTINUE TO REPEAT, I’VE SAID MULTIPLE TIMES, THEY WILL NOT MAKE A DECISION ABOUT FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION OR ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN IN ISOLATION WE TRUST THE GOVERNOR WE TRUST THE GOVERNOR WE TRUST THE HEALTH EXPERTS AND IF THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT THROUGH THE GOVERNOR SAYS THAT FACE-TO-FACE IS NOT SAFE THEN WE WILL NOT ALLOW FACE-TO-FACE TO HAPPEN BUT I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT IF THE STATE SAYS IT IS SAFE THAT I DO BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL DISTRICTS TO OFFER FACE-TO-FACE OPTIONS FACE-TO-FACE OPTIONS >> I THINK NO MATTER HOW YOU CUT IT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT FACE-TO-FACE LEARNING AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT YOU THINK ABOUT THE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS TO BENEFIT GREATLY FROM IN PERSONAL BENEFIT GREATLY FROM IN PERSONAL INSTRUCTION, REALLY HANDS-ON WHAT ABOUT STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ONLINE LEARNING IS AN OPTION FOR THEM BUT NONE OF THE DISTRICTS THEM BUT NONE OF THE DISTRICTS SEEM TO BE ADDRESSING THEIR NEEDS THEY HAVE BEEN FORGOTTEN MY SON IS AUTISTIC AND HE IS NOT RECEIVING ANY OF THE SERVICES HE RECEIVING ANY OF THE SERVICES HE IS ENTITLED TO BASED ON HIS IEP WHAT CAN BE DONE FOR STUDENTS LIKE MY SON IEP IS THE INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN THAT EVERY SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT IS ENTITLED TO FOR IN PERSON LEARNING UNDER THE LAW BUT REMEMBER, HERE’S THE CAVEAT, AND PERSON LEARNING UNDER THE LAW THAT’S IMPORTANT I THINK THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION BEFORE WE GET TO SOME OF THE ANSWERS I DO WANT TO TAKE JUST A CLOSER LOOK AT WHAT FAMILIS ARE DEALING WITH RIGHT NOW >> AS COMPLICATED AS BACK-TO-SCHOOL IS FOR ANY PARENT AND STUDENT IN ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT, COMPOUND THAT DIFFICULTY WHEN YOU ARE A PARENT OF A SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT >> THIS IS SAM SAM HAS AUTISM >> WHILE HE HAS GOOD SELF-HELP SKILLS HE DOES REQUIRE EXTRA HELP IN A SCHOOL SETTING >> HE HAS AN AIDE THAT GOES WITH THEM AND AN AIDE THAT STAYS WITH HIM DURING LUNCH IT IS A SMALL CLASS WHICH IS GREAT HE DOES REALLY GREAT >> HE LOVES TO PRETEND TO DO LAWN WORK >> FOR SAM’S THERE’S NO NAVIGATING NEW NORMALS IT IS VERY SENSITIVE NES HURDLES TO JUMP AND THE DAY BECOMES INTOLERABLE >> I THINK IT IS THE FIELD OF SOMETHING WEIRD ON HIS HANDS WE GOT HIM TO WHERE IT, FOR ME IT IS BRIBING HIM

FOR HALF AN HOUR, HIS MOTHER SAID HER DISTRICT HAS NOT PROVIDED HER WITH ENOUGH INFORMATION TO PLAN FOR SAM >> I ASKED A LOT OF QUESTIONS FROM PEOPLE, I FEEL LIKE I HAVE AND IS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED HE IS AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARTISTIC PROGRAM WHEN HE GOES TO SCHOOL IS THEY HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED HOW THEY WILL DEAL WITH HIM >> JENNIFER SEES THE EQUATION THROUGH THREE DIFFERENT GOGGLES A PARENT WITH A SPECIAL-NEEDS CHILD A PARENT WITH A NONSPECIAL CHILD AND A TEACHER IN A DIFFERENT DISTRICT THIS SPRING IT WAS A JUGGLING ACT FOR HER TO TEACHER UNITS REMOTELY AND HANDLE HER OWN CHILDREN IT WAS A DIFFICULT SITUATION DIVIDING MY TIME BETWEEN WHAT THEY NEEDED, WILL MY STUDENTS NEEDED AND IT WAS A LOT OF NEEDED AND IT WAS A LOT OF JUGGLING AND IT IS A SITUATION WHICH I UNDERSTAND BUT WE NEED HELP >> THIS IS TOUGH HE BREAKS MY HEART WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT STUDENTS ESPECIALLY THOSE LOWER FUNCTIONING AND THEY HAVE SOMEONE GO WITH THEM THEY NEED ASSISTANCE THEY NEED THE HANDS-ON CONTACT IN ORDER FOR THEM TO REACH THEIR GOALS WE KNOW THIS IS NOT ONE PROBLEM I DON’T WANT TO PICK ON ALLEN PARK BUT I WILL COME TO YOU, HOW DO YOU ADDRESS THIS ADDRESS THIS I KNOW WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT I KNOW WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS THERE’S NO WAY YOU CAN SEND APRIL INTO THEIR HOMES HOW WILL THE STUDENTS REACH THEIR GOALS? >> I WILL START BY SAYING WHAT WAS DESCRIBED AS THE REAL-LIFE ISSUES HAPPENING IN FAMILIES ACROSS THE STATE OF MICHIGAN AND THE COUNTRY IT IS HEARTBREAKING I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS, PRINCIPALS AND SUPERINTENDENTS HAVE THIS ON THEIR RADAR IN REGARDS TO A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE WE KNOW CLEARLY THAT OUR MOST VULNERABLE STUDENTS ARE THE ONES THAT SUFFER THE MOST IN THIS TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT I THINK YOU WILL SEE DIFFERENT THINGS NEXT YEAR COMPARED TO THINGS NEXT YEAR COMPARED TO WHAT WE SAW IN THE SPRING THE SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS BECAUSE THEY CAN’T SOCIAL DISTANCE WHILE THEY CAN’T WITH EVERY STUDENT THEY CAN DO IT WITH THE MOST NEEDY STUDENTS I NOT THAT IS BEING CONSIDERED IN DIFFERENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS THE OTHER THING I WOULD HIGHLIGHT, WHEN WE LOOK AT THAT SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES AND KIDS THROUGH THE PROCESS, THE PROCESS THAT’S OUT THERE THAT SCHOOL THAT’S OUT THERE THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE TO ADHERE TO, THERE’S THIS THING CALLED COMPENSATORY EDUCATION AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT STUDENTS HAVE LOST OVER THIS PERIOD OF TIME, WE ARE NOW TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THIS IS LOOKING LIKE SO WHAT THIS IS LOOKING LIKE SO THEY CAN GET BEYOND IN SOME THEY CAN GET BEYOND IN SOME CASES, >> RENO ROME WASN’T AND YOU DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING BUT I DO WANT TO ASK THIS, BECAUSE YOU ARE SAYING YOU ARE LOOKING AT THESE THINGS BUT WHAT IS THE POSSIBILITY OF YOU BEING ABLE TO GET THIS END THE YEAR FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS EVEN BY OCTOBER >> I THINK ABSOLUTELY THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE LOOKING AT THE OPTIONS I DISCUSSED FOR THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR WHEN I SAY LOOKING THEY ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO DO IT THOSE ARE THE THINGS THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT >> LET US NOW APPEAR WHEN YOU DO GET THAT PIECE, LET US KNOW FIRST PLEASE >> I THINK ONE OF OUR TEACHERS, YOU SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT YOUR WORRIES ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT? SANCHEZ, THERE WAS A QUESTION AND CONVERSATION I HAD WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AND I HAVE TWO SISTERS

WHO TEACH SO IT FEELS LIKE IT IS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM WE ALL KNOW ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM WE ALL KNOW IS THERE BUT NO ONE WANTS TO ACKNOWLEDGE BECAUSE FOR SOME FAMILIES IT’S EASY TO GO ONLINE AND IT MAKES SENSE BUT I’M THINKING ABOUT CHILDREN WHO HAVE SEVERE MEDICAL IMPAIRMENTS THEY HAVE TRACHEOTOMY’S.% THERE IN WHEELCHAIRS, HOW ARE WE GOING TO ADJUST THIS FOR THEM TO LEARN SAFELY TOO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE DISTRICTS ARE DOING ONLINE OR VIRTUAL BUT THEY ARE ASKING SPECIAL NEEDS TEACHERS TO PROVIDE SPACE TO TEACHERS TO PROVIDE SPACE TO FACE WHAT ADDITIONAL MEASURES CAN THEY GET THEM FOR SAFETY I FEEL LIKE I HAVE A CHOICE IN MY DISTRICT BECAUSE WE HAVE A LARGE DISTRICT AND A SUPERINTENDENT THAT ALLOWS TEACHER THAT ATTRACTED YOU TO HAVE A SAY IT DOESN’T LIKE A SPECIAL IT DOESN’T LIKE A SPECIAL TEACHER FRESHLY THE PARENTS HAVE BEEN CLOISTERED EVEN THOUGH HER COLLEAGUES MAY BE LEARNING ONLINE AND TEACHING ONLINE, SHE HAS TO GO INTO A BUILDING AND SHE’S CONCERNED ABOUT HER STUDENT, OR CHILD >> THERE IS EASY ANSWERS BUT I FEEL LIKE, THIS WAS A GOOD DAY BECAUSE NOBODY GOT A TEXT MESSAGE AND NO ONE (SO WE LASTED LONGER I DO WANT TO THANK THE SUPERINTENDENTS >> LASTLY, AS WE SAY GOODBYE, PAM YOU HEARD A LOT TONIGHT AS YOU HEAD BACK TO LANSING, SHARING THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD BEFORE WE GO? >> IT’S PRETTY COMPLICATED I’M JUST HOPING WE CAN GET TO A POINT WHERE OUR LOCAL SUPERINTENDENTS FEEL EMPOWERED TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES FOR THEIR TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THAT WE CAN GET EVERYONE BACK TO SCHOOL WHETHER IT IS FACE-TO-FACE OR VIRTUAL OR A HYBRID WHATEVER WORKS BEST FOR YOUR DISTRICT AND WE CAN DO IT IN RELATION TO YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND FOLLOWING THE SAFETY MEASURES BECAUSE HONESTLY I THINK THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO WILL GIVE US THE BEST ANSWERS AS FAR AS HEALTH AND SAFETY >> AND DR. NIKOLAI VITTI WILL YOU PUT A BOW ON IT FOR US TONIGHT >> YOU KNOW, I WOULD JUST SAY, AT THE HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC, WHEN EVERYONE’S FEAR WAS THE GREATEST, WHEN THE RATES WERE OUT OF CONTROL, WHEN ALL OF US WERE DEALING WITH LOVED ONES WHO WERE SICK LOVED ONES WHO DIED A LOT OF THE PARENTS THAT ARE IN THE DISTRICTS SERVED US THE DISTRICTS SERVED US THOSE WERE THE PARENTS THAT SHELVED THE GROCERY STORES, THE NURSES WHO SERVED US WHEN WE WERE SICK WERE SICK AND, I DEEPLY BELIEVE THAT TRADITIONAL PUBLIC EDUCATION IS ABOUT SERVING THE COMMUNITY THERE IS LEGITIMATE FEAR AND CONCERN ABOUT RETURNING AND WE CANNOT RETURN AS IF WE WERE COMING BACK WE CAN’T — THE SCHOOLS CAN’T LOOK LIKE THEY DID BEFORE THE PANDEMIC >> TODAY IS DIFFERENT THAN YESTERDAY WE KNOW MORE ABOUT COVID-19 AND WITH THE RIGHT INVESTMENT, I THINK WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO WORK WITH THE TEACHERS TO WORK WITH THE PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY TO SERVE PARENTS AND STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE NOW THEY WERE THERE IN THEIR OWN WAY WHEN WE NEEDED THEM AND I THINK AS EDUCATORS WE NEED TO BE THERE FOR THEM NOW IT IS OUR TURN TO DO THIS WITH THE COMMUNITY THAT IS WHO WE ARE I THINK WE HAVE TO FIGURE THAT OUT IN A COLLABORATIVE WAY WE CAN’T START WITH NO WE CAN’T AND WOULD KNOW HOW DO WE FIGURE THIS OUT AND ON THE CHALLENGE IT’S NOT GOING AWAY AS WE TALK ABOUT THE SUFFERING IN THE PAST WE DON’T WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUFFERING IN THE FUTURE >> I AM FOND OF QUOTING JOHN ADAMS, BOTH WITH COMMITMENT AND THOSE WHO REQUIRE THE COMMITMENT OF OTHERS WE HAVE BEEN JOINED TONIGHT BY MANY PEOPLE WITH A COMMITMENT I’M SO GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF YOU BEING WITH US TONIGHT WE ADMIRE YOU AND WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO DO INCLUDING THE STUDENTS THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE AND BEST OF LUCK IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR >> THINK YOU BRING IT OUT WITH US >> THIS WAS FUN LET’S DO THIS AGAIN SOMETIME >> GOOD LUCK WE KNOW THE SCHOOL YEAR IS GETTING READY TO START THIS WON’T BE OUR ONLY TOWN HALL THANKS FOR STICKING IT OUT WITH US >> THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THIS EDUCATION FOR ALL TOWN HALL THIS EDUCATION FOR ALL TOWN HALL AS WE ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING PARENTS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND THE SUPERINTENDENTS GET THROUGH THIS TRANSITION AND WHAT IT WILL MEAN FOR YEARS I HAD >> ABSOLUTELY PURE DEVON GREAT TO SEE YOU EVEN IF IT IS FROM A

DISTANCE >> STAY TUNED, WE HAVE LOTS OF REPORTS ON LOCAL FOUR AND RIGHT HERE ON CLICK ON DETROIT THANK YOU FOR STAYING WITH US BE SAFE AND REMAIN WELL BE SAFE AND REMAIN WELL