Ann Arbor schools become hybrids; push for teacher vaccines; poisonous spiders close UM library

Happy friday!

What a week. (And yes, you read that third heading right).

The Ann Arbor Board of Education this week approved a plan to return to a hybrid learning model starting March 25th. The return to school takes place in phases, starting with the youngest students. In-person classes are only held twice a week, with two cohorts changing days to reduce the number of people in buildings.

The move was in stark contrast to last week’s proposal, a recommendation from Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Kerr Swift to vote to keep the school virtual for the rest of the year. This action sparked a public outcry from parents and students who wanted to return home after almost a year. On Wednesday, Swift said the promise of more vaccines for teachers against COVID-19 and the approval of rapid tests in school buildings had confirmed her recommendation to reopen.


Have a nice weekend.

– Meredith (@ meredith_A4)

Washtenaw County Health Department, Michigan Medicine and IHA will vaccinate approximately 1,200 teachers from the Ann Arbor area against COVID-19 on Saturday when schools reopen. (A4)

? The discovery of poisonous spiders at the University of Michigan university library resulted in the building being closed for two days this week. The school later called the move, which made national headlines, a mistake. (A4)

? You can now track weekly COVID-19 vaccine data on the Washtenaw County Health Department website. (A4)


Michigan Medicine has resumed initial dose appointments for eligible individuals after a two-week hiatus due to limited availability. (A4)

? Mayor Christopher Taylor this week vetoed a downtown St. Patrick’s Day event approved by the city council. (MLive)

❤️️ In a heartwarming move, the city council voted to donate $ 25,000 to the family of longtime Ann Arbor firefighter Craig Sidelinger, who recently died of cancer. (MLive)


? A pump failure during a sewer relining project resulted in the closure of all traffic lanes on part of South Main Street on Monday. As a result, an estimated 10,000 gallons of sanitary sewage was discharged onto the streets, into storm sewers, and eventually into the Huron River. (A4)

? Get your tickets to the annual local high school talent show FutureStars, which will be streamed live on March 13th. (A4)

? How has nobody thought that before? Learn about the team of UM students who invented the scrunchie shot and why their professor challenged them to be banned from the Big House. (A4)


? Zingerman’s Cornman Farms hold a weekly Pie & Mash pop-up shop in March. Just wait until you see the flavors. (A4)

? Another weekly event this month: Get to see the stars from your own living room with these free planetarium shows from UM’s Natural History Museum. (A4)

✂️ Craftsmen, watch out! SCRAP Creative Reuse has started an online shop with shipping. This could be dangerous. (A4)


“I like to be part of a cohort that looks and acts like me. It doesn’t pretend to be doing all of these fundraising rounds and stuff. It’s: ‘We scratched past.’ ”

– Lisa Sauve, CEO and Principal of Synecdoche Design Studio, who was just added to the Forbes Next 1000 list

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