SOUTHFIELD, Michigan (FOX 2) – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist’s school and health officials from Southfield and Detroit hosted an event to answer questions about what this school year will look like.
“Our responsibility is to make sure the kids can learn and focus on this and nothing else,” Gilchrist said.
An in-person town hall was held in Southfield on Tuesday as students returned to class with a mask warrant in place. The superintendent says the numbers speak for themselves.
“Less than 1% of our families have chosen to stay away for this school year,” Superintendent Southfield said. Jennifer Martin-Green.
This means that in Southfield, schools are 99% hidden from the classroom. And while that has certainly been a hot issue lately, it wasn’t tonight.
They discussed how a $ 1.9 trillion US bailout fits into this puzzle.
“It’s $ 926 million in the 14th arrondissement alone,” Lawrence (D-Michigan) said.
This includes Pontiac, West Bloomfield, Southfield, Hamtramck, and parts of Metro Detroit to name a few.
Green spoke about the changes Southfield has made to safe schools for in-person learning.
“We bought air purification machines for every classroom throughout our district,” Green said. “We are improving our HVAC systems in our schools.
Parents have come up with their own questions.
“What will the state and the health department do for those who want to give up the vaccine from a young person’s point of view?” Asked a parent.
“The Oakland County Department of Health grants waivers for parents of school-aged children,” said Dr. Calandra Green, of the Oakland County Department of Health. “We take 40 exemption requests a day.”
But that led to more questions.
“I understand the freedom of choice, but my daughter won’t have the freedom of choice if she gets it,” said Dawn Thomas, parent.
Some even lingered after the town hall looking for answers from the deputy.
“Because I have noticed that there has been an increase in the number of teachers leaving the field but not that many are going,” said 11th grader Savannah Thomas.
And his persistence paid off.
“The MP said she was investing in a program that would pay off student loans if you were to go into education,” Thomas said.
Most parents know this year will have some of the hardships of the past, but they hope we have all learned a bit in the past 19 months.