Michigan Governor Releases Guidelines to Reopen Schools
On June 30, Governor Whitmer announced three potential plans for the safe return to school this upcoming fall semester. The implementation of each plan will adhere to Michigan’s 63-page “Return to School Roadmap.”
Included in the three different plans are remote learning, in-person learning with strict protocols, and in-person learning with more relaxed protocols. Each plan will be enacted, depending on which phase the state is in, according to the Michigan Safe Start plan. The Michigan Safe Start plan outlines the current pandemic in 6 phases, as shown below:
Here’s what plan will be utilized if the state is in…
Phase 3 = remote learning
Phase 4 = in-person learning with strict protocols
Phase 5 = in-person learning with more relaxed protocols
Included in the Return to School Roadmap is information regarding the distribution of personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, screening tests, and more. The use of masks will be required among teachers, staff, and students in grades 6-12. Younger students in grades K-5 will not be required to wear masks at all times – only while in the hallways and on the school bus. To cover the cost of additional essential items, the state budget has allocated $256 million to support school districts. Schools may use their allotment of funds as necessary.
“These measures are designed to increase the likelihood of keeping Michigan schools open.”
As Michigan takes strides to combat COVID-19 and flatten the curve, Governor Whitmer is hopeful that students, educators, and staff can return for in-person learning this fall. Due to the current unpredictability of the situation, Michigan has created a flexible three-part plan to ensure that everyone stays protected.
Michigan Teachers of Tomorrow will continue to monitor the situation and will provide you with the latest updates. For all notices related to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 webpage.