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WBSD Return to Learn Update - July 20

WBSD Return to Learn Update - July 20

Good evening, West Bloomfield families,

We have an opportunity coming up tomorrow, July 21 for families to learn more about our recently updated Return to Learn Roadmap. The presentation will take place on July 21 at 10 a.m. via Zoom Webinar. The presentations will include instructional roadmaps, safety considerations, professional learning plans, technology support and more. Links to the Zoom Webinars are listed below:

Classroom to Cloud Return to Learn Updates

Our Classroom to Cloud Return to Learn teams have continued to refine our plans for the 2020-21 school year through ongoing planning, keeping student and staff health and safety at the forefront of our decision-making along with making sound instructional decisions for students. The teams have also received feedback from staff and families regarding our instructional model and its impact on learning. 

Based upon the guidelines from the Governor’s Task Force and the tremendous amount of stakeholder feedback, we have revised  our Return to Learn Roadmap for 2020-21 to meet our community’s needs:

Phase 4 - Mi Safe Start Plan

While we are in Phase 4 in the Mi Safe Start Plan, West Bloomfield students in grades K-8 will experience instruction in a new blended model - four days per week, half-day schedule:

  • Students in Cohort A will attend in-person instruction Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the morning and participate in remote learning in the afternoon.
  • Students in Cohort B will learn remotely in the morning and attend in-person instruction Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.
  • All students will have remote instruction on Wednesdays to allow for deep cleaning and sanitizing in our schools. 

Our Classroom to Cloud Return to Learn teams feel strongly our revised blended learning schedule has numerous advantages for student and staff safety. Instructionally, teachers will have four opportunities a week to build relationships with their students and deliver essential core instruction to a small number of students.

West Bloomfield High School students will remain in Cloud Learning while the region is in Phase 4 of the Mi Safe Start Plan. High school students will have continuous, uninterrupted instruction, delivered remotely, by our teachers. We feel strongly, given the enrollment numbers at WBHS combined with the strongly recommended social distancing protocols, that remote learning protects the largest group of students and staff from potential exposure and provides quality instruction with the least disruption.

Oakland Early College will continue with the district’s original blended model.  Students have already scheduled college courses based on a two days in person/three days remote learning model.

Phase 5 - Mi Safe Start Plan

When our region moves to Phase 5 of the Mi Safe Start, all students and staff in the West Bloomfield School District will return to five days of in-person instruction. We believe it makes the most sense to follow the Governor’s carefully designed plan for safe reopening.

Phases 1-3 - Mi Safe Start Plan

Should our region revert back to Phases 1-3, in-person instruction is not allowed in accordance to the Governor’s Return to School Roadmap and all students will experience Cloud Learning with instruction delivered remotely by our teachers.

Lakers Online

Lakers Online, the school district’s 100% remote learning opportunity for families starting in the 2020-21 school year serving students in Kindergarten through 12th-Grade. Lakers Online is open to all current West Bloomfield School District students and to students across Oakland County through the district’s Schools of Choice program. 

To learn more about Lakers Online and to apply, visit The deadline to apply for In-District students is July 27 while the Schools of Choice deadline is August 3. 

All Lakers Online courses are taught by West Bloomfield School District teachers, experienced in providing online and traditional education. Each course is designed specifically for online learning and meets the highest quality curricular expectations of the West Bloomfield School District. Lakers Online courses provide a highly-personalized learning path that aims at empowering students to manage their time while providing a structure to keep them motivated and on-track to complete the coursework.


For more information on our return to school plan and the Classroom to Cloud framework, please visit


Dr. Gerald Hill
West Bloomfield School District