The article “Detroit area schools close to plan for online classes” — originally published in the Detroit News on March 12, 2020 — overviews Detroit Public Schools’ efforts to prepare for remote teaching in light of possible extended school closures due to COVID-19. In this article, Michigan Virtual President & CEO, Jamey Fitzpatrick, is quoted with advice for schools exploring remote teaching options during the outbreak. In addition, a link is provided to the School Closure Learning Continuity Readiness Rubric created by Michigan Virtual to help Michigan schools evaluate their readiness to provide online learning continuity options during this time.

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