On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced what many were anticipating, that K-12 schools would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. In her Executive Order, she also addressed many of the lingering questions. Including that high school seniors will be given the opportunity to graduate this year and how schools will move forward with teaching for the remainder of the school year.
Under the order, each school district will develop a plan for how they will provide opportunities for students to learn remotely and how they will manage and monitor their progress. A plan can include learning by any number of modes of instruction delivery, including a hybrid approach. If the plan relies on some online instruction, the district should ensure every student who needs it has access to an appropriate device with an ability to connect to the internet. Students and families will not be penalized if they are unable to participate in their alternate learning plan. Each district must have its plan approved by their regional intermediate school district before being implemented. Public school academies must have their plans approved by their authorizer. Districts can also partner with one another to create joint plans.
Additionally, school districts will have the flexibility to adopt a balanced calendar for the 2019-2020 school year and/or to begin the 2020-2021 school year before Labor Day without having to seek additional approval.
To read the full Executive Order, please click here.
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