Governor Whitmer Issues New Statement On Instructional Time While Schools Closed

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued a new statement after saying she was “dismayed” by a Michigan Department of Education memo that indicated online learning during the shutdown won’t count toward this year’s learning requirements.

Here is the full statement released by Governor Whitmer’s office:

“Earlier today the Michigan Department of Education issued a memo regarding Instructional Time During School Closure. I know it caused a lot of confusion and panic among schools, teachers, students, and families. I wanted to provide some clarification from the perspective of the Governor’s Office.

“The memo does not mean that school work done during the mandatory school closure won’t ‘count’ toward grades, credits, or graduation. Each district should determine what services and supports they are able to provide during this unprecedented crisis. Many are focusing on meeting basic needs and are working around the clock to provide breakfast and lunch for hungry students. Other districts have the ability to provide more learning support as a result of one-to-one technology initiatives. I am in awe of the work that school employees are doing to support their kids and I applaud their efforts.
“As you know, the situation has changed rapidly over the course of the past ten days. We do not know what the future will hold, but we are absolutely committed to ensuring the needs of our students, parents, and families are met as we navigate these uncharted waters. I will be working in the coming days to ensure our seniors graduate and that no child is held back as a result of our ability to provide face-to-face instruction during the COVID-19 school closure.
“To teachers, administrators, and support staff – I thank you for stepping up and helping your students and families.
“To students and especially parents, hang in there. We will get through this.”