Michigan legislators to unveil 'Return to Learn' plan for students today

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Posted at 5:43 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 10:40:33-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan legislators are expected to unveil their "Return to Learn" plan today for students heading back to schools in the fall.

The Governor Whitmer discussed her plan last week on safely reopening schools for in-person instruction.

She says it's one of the top questions she's gotten about COVID-19: Will it be safe for students to return in the fall?

House and Senate lawmakers are revealing a plan of their own at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

"I know how important it is for students, and their families and educators, to make sure that we get this right," said Gov. Whitmer.

The governor announced last Wednesday, she's optimistic that students will be able to physically return to the classroom,
while complying with strict safety measures.

She formed an advisory council earlier this month to look into that possibility.

"As always, public health data will inform our decisions about opening and closing school buildings to students," Gov. Whitmer.

Lawmakers from education committees in the House and Senate will announce a joint plan for a safe return. Whitmer says it will take a county by county approach and what works for one county may not work for another.

"Districts, students, staff and families must be nimble. We've got to be prepared to move backwards if there's evidence of community spread of the virus," said Gov. Whitmer.

Next week the governor is expected to reveal her “Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap” that will provide details on what will be required and what will be recommended for schools.

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