UPDATE: Whitmer closes K-12 schools

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Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning.

“My number one priority right now is protecting Michigan families from the spread of COVID-19. For the sake of our students, their families, and the more than 100,000 teachers and staff in our state, I have made the difficult decision to close our school facilities for the remainder of the school year.”

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Gov. Whitmer said there should be some form of online or distant learning taking place after that deadline.

Whitmer will call for the fall semester to begin in August before Labor Day.

Reactions to the governor’s decision came in quickly.

“MEA stands ready to work with school leaders on a district-by-district basis to serve the learning needs of students in every community across Michigan. Distance learning can never fully replace face-to-face time between students and educators, but we must do the very best we can under these unprecedented circumstances.”

MEA President Paula Herbert

“What we’ve seen throughout this difficult period is that students still want to learn and teachers still want to teach. We applaud Gov. Whitmer for making the right decision to allow that to continue.

Dan Quisenberry, President of the MI Association of Public School Academies

The governor also said that all school employees will be paid and local districts will determine the graduation requirements for seniors so they can graduate on time.

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