Plan now heads to governor for anticipated signage
State Rep. Julie Alexander, of Hanover, this week joined the Legislature in approving a bipartisan agreement to get K-12 students safely back to school this fall.
The plan of action will allow school districts to determine the best course of action for their students, whether that means online, in person, or hybrid instruction. Local health departments may consult with school districts to help make the best decisions for their region, Alexander said.
“I have been hearing from concerned parents in my Jackson community wondering what this fall is going to look like for our kids and how we can open our schools safely,” Alexander said. “As a mom, nana and former teacher, I understand firsthand your growing concerns. That’s why I’ve been in contact with our local Jackson County superintendents, educators and parents to try to determine what the best and safest option is to meet our children’s educational needs.
“Our plan of action empowers local schools across the state to develop flexible learning plans that maximizes sensible learning while also keeping our kids safe.”
Alexander said providing parents with the opportunity to voice their concerns is crucial to keep the school district and community informed of needed adaptations.
Under the plan, school boards will reexamine and recertify how they are delivering instruction to students at their monthly board meetings for the duration of the 2020-21 school year.
Alexander also acknowledged that younger students tend to learn better in classroom settings. Under the plan, if districts determine it is safe to offer in-person learning, they are encouraged, but not required, to prioritize in-person instruction to K-5 students.
As the coming school year will also pose significant additional costs to school districts as they work to impose new safety standards and innovative teaching methods, the Legislature previously dedicated a total of $583 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to Michigan schools to help.
The plan now advances to the governor’s desk for consideration.
Alexander, of Hanover, said the proposals would better serve residents of our state in the wake of the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling that struck down the governor’s coronavirus related executive orders. Some key measures the House is implementing include extending assisting workers and job providers, better protecting nursing home residents and unemployment benefits.
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