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Whitmer says schools will re-open in the fall


Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she will issue an executive order soon that would allow schools to re-open classrooms this fall.

Governor Whitmer says she’s asked often about plans for the coming school year after classroom instruction was abruptly cancelled this past spring due to the COVID-19 crisis. She says schools will be allowed to re-open with additional precautions and an understanding that in-person learning could be again shut down if a region sees a spike in cases.

“We’ve got to be flexible in order to lower the chance of a second wave and mitigate how serious that second wave is.”

       A task force is already working on back-to-school plans. The governor says an executive order should be ready by June 30th. One complication for districts is their fiscal year will begin July 1st with no word on what to expect in the way of state funding for those plans.

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