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Whitmer: Plans For Rest Of School Year Still Being Crafted

Apr 1, 2020

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign an executive order this week with more details on the state’s plans for schools amid the COVID-19 outbreak.  As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, schools have been closed since March 16th.


The closures keep one and a half million Michigan students at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.  But with no word on exactly when or if classes will resume.  Whitmer says a final decision on whether to close schools for the year is complicated.  She says every school district has different resources and different needs. 

“It’s got to be thoughtful, it’s got to be comprehensive, and so I would anticipate being able to give you more detail in the coming days.”

The governor says she’s been in talks with teacher unions, school administrators, and legislative leaders.  The Legislature has a tentative session day scheduled for April 7th.

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org