Safe Schools Roadmap Sets Requirements for Re-Opening

Safe Schools Roadmap Sets Requirements for Re-Opening

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, a comprehensive document to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall. The Roadmap outlines a number of safety protocols for schools to implement in each phase of the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan. The governor also signed Executive Order 2020-142, which provides a structure to support all schools in Michigan as they plan for a return of PreK-12 education in the fall.

The roadmap details:  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), good hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting, spacing in classrooms, screening for symptoms, protocols for athletics and more.  There will also be $256 million in new funding to implement school safety measures.

Four guiding principles were the foundation of the plan.

~Equitable access to learning is a right for each child.

~In  collaboration  with  parents,  students,  and  teachers,  schools  will  use  data  and  evidence to prioritize resources for each child.

~ Teachers  and  staff  will  prioritize  deep,  meaningful  relationships  to  create  safe  learning environments for each child.

~Teachers and staff will empower the value, cultivation of relationships, and belonging of  student  and  parent  voice  in  all  aspects  of  learning  and  emotional  support  for  families.

The document explains that scientific research was used to determine the requirements and recommendations. “Regarding  the  use  of  facial  coverings,  the  balance  of  scientific  data  supports  their  value  in  reducing  the  risk  of  transmission  in  community  settings.  Both  recent,  targeted  studies  on  this  particular  coronavirus,  as  well  as  larger  meta-analyses  of  mask  use  in  other  infectious  disease outbreaks, support the value of facial coverings in keeping communities safe.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Our recommendations on cleaning and disinfection are derived from CDC, EPA, and OSHA standards.”

The task force behind the roadmap also looked at how other countries adapted to fight the virus spread.

The roadmap explains that depending on the status of MI Safe Schools, there are three scenarios for school opening in fall 2020:

1 -Schools open for  in-person  instruction  with  minimal  required  safety  protocols  (MI  Safe Start Phase 6).

2 -Schools open for  in-person  instruction  with  moderate  required  safety  protocols(MI Safe Start Phase 5).

3 – Schools open for in-person instruction with more stringent required safety protocols (MI Safe Start Phase 4).

4 – Schools do not open for in-person instruction and instruction is provided remotely (MI Safe Start Phases 1-3).

To view video of the governor’s press conference, click here.

To view the PowerPoint presentation the governor used, click the link below:

6.30.2020 PPT .pdf

To view the Roadmap, click here.

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