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Southfield Schools to be online only in the fall

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 29, 2020


Southfield Public Schools officials announced recently a decision to provide remote learning only to start the 2020-2021 school year. 

The district made the announcement July 29 via its website, citing a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community. 

“The administrators, teachers and staff of the Southfield Public School District have been hard at work this summer to prepare for a variety of scenarios related to the 2020-21 school year,” Anika Corbett, the director of communications for SPS, said in an email. 

To start the school year, according to the district’s website, all students in the district will engage in remote learning only, similar to the final few months of the previous school year. 

Officials said the district will also offer a virtual only learning option should the district eventually reopen for in-person learning. 

As was the case last year, students will receive rigorous online instruction and support, officials said, with the same level of instruction that an in-person curriculum and teaching provides. 

Accountability measures for attendance, grades and assessments will apply, officials said. 

“The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We have reviewed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and the MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap,” officials said in a July 23 letter to parents. 

Classes will begin Aug. 31, Corbett said. 

Call Staff Writer Kayla Dimick at (586) 279-1108.