State. Rep. Daire Rendon and her colleagues in the Michigan House today approved a plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall.
The Legislature’s plan empowers local school districts and health departments to work together to develop health and safety standards that are best for their unique areas.
“The coronavirus health crisis has affected our state’s many regions in different ways, so it makes sense our schools will look quite different in Northern Michigan than they will in places like the metro Detroit area,” Rendon said. “We must allow our school districts to have flexibility as we move forward so they are able to begin instruction as quickly and safely as possible. Our kids needs us to step up right now to find solutions that will benefit each and every one of them – let’s not let these students down.”
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. Moving forward, schools would be granted just two forgiven days of instruction per year.
• 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.
Legislation from state Rep. Daire Rendon, of Lake City, providing Michigan residents with better access to lifesaving care was advanced this week in a vote by the Michigan House.