Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released the “MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap” today, offering several protocols for schools to implement in all six phases of her MI Safe Start plan.
“Our students, parents and educators have made incredible sacrifices during our battle with COVID-19,” said Whitmer. “Thanks to our aggressive action against this virus, the teachers who have found creative ways to reach their students and the heroes on the front lines, I am optimistic that we will return to in-person learning in the fall.”
But what does that look like? The road map lists virus statuses and instructions while schools are closed, but it also shows what Phase 4 of reopening looks like as well as outlines essential actions and safety protocols that include required masks for pre-K through 12th-grade students, staff and bus drivers during school transportation. Those unable to medically tolerate a mask are exceptions.
Schools are also required to provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene and are strongly encouraged to educate staff and students on how to cough safely. It is also recommended that if a classroom has windows that can open, they should be open as much as possible, weather permitting. Desks will also be spaced 6 feet apart in classrooms.
Family members or other guests will not be allowed in the school building except under extenuating circumstances. There are also protocols for sports, busing and student transportation, and mental and social emotional health.
Phases 5 of the plan does not require but strongly recommends the use of masks.
The complete road map can be seen at MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap.