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Whitmer says Michigan schools may reopen this fall, extends State of Emergency

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 17, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced schools may re-open for in-person instruction this fall under Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan – with strict health and safety measures in place.

Guidelines are being developed and will be released through an Executive Order and “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” June 30, Whitmer said. The Roadmap will be based on recommendations from the Return to Learn Advisory Council, made up of health care and education leaders.

The governor said she is “optimistic” schools will have in-person education in the fall. Decisions as to when and how to open will be based MI Safe Start Plan and Michigan’s eight MERC regions.

Whitmer also extended Michigan’s State of Emergency until July 16. The extension allows her to continue to issue Executive Orders related to the pandemic.

She said residents and business owners need to remain vigilant about wearing masks and maintaining social distancing so the rest of the state can move to Phase 5 of the state’s re-opening plan, which she hopes to announce before July 4.

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