Innovative plan implements robust distance learning, safety measures
State Rep. Sue Allor today joined her colleagues in approving a plan that will focus on safety of Northern Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall.
The House-Senate plan empowers local school districts and health departments to work together to develop health and safety standards that are best for their unique areas.
“I am proud to support this sound, practical plan that prioritizes both student safety and education,” Allor said. “When we look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities throughout Michigan, it’s clear that various regions have been impacted in different ways. That’s why it’s important to empower school districts to work with local health departments. This collaboration will help keep students safe by following the best possible practices for their area.”
Allor believes schools should have the flexibility to begin instruction as quickly and safely as possible. Under the plan, school districts could start whenever is best for them without obtaining a waiver to bypass Michigan’s Labor Day start requirement.
The Return to Learn plan also:Redefines the word “attendance” to mean “engaged in instruction” rather than “physically present,” allowing schools to be innovative and give students the opportunity to learn outside the classroom.
• Limits the use of snow days to encourage the use of remote instruction when in-person instruction is unsafe or unsuitable.
• Utilizes benchmark assessments to provide detailed information to parents and teachers about where a student needs additional help, ensuring kids do not fall behind in the wake of the public health crisis.
• Requires school districts to work with local health departments to establish safety requirements for extracurricular activities and sports in addition to regular school safety measures.
The plan now moves to be considered by the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee.
Rep. Allor will be hosting a teletownhall to discuss the upcoming school year and the coronavirus pandemic response Monday, July 27 at 11 a.m. She will be joined by leaders in education and health. Constituents may join the call by dialing: 855-756-7520, Ext. 64070#
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State Rep. Sue Allor, of Wolverine, will play a key role in assembling committee assignments for the 2021-22 Michigan House legislative session after being named a member of the Committee on Committees by Speaker-elect Rep. Jason Wentworth.
“It’s incredibly important to our Northern Michigan families that their children be able to continue with their education in a manner that takes into account the many challenges created by COVID-19,” Allor said. “This plan will help keep our communities safe with flexibility for remote and in-person learning, or a combination of both.”