Forgive Cancelled School Days in Michigan due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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On March 20, 2020, the Michigan Department of Education announced that online school days organized by teachers and school districts will NOT count towards the instructional hour requirements Michigan has in place. Furthermore, the MI Dep. of Education also stated that there would be no wavers/reductions for the in-seat instructional hour requirements.

This move may force students and teachers to learn/teach well into the summer months. While Gov. Whitmer rightfully acted to close schools till early April, it is likely that schools may be closed much longer to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Pushing school time into the summer would be catastrophically detrimental to the well being of students, teachers, and parents. Students use this time off to vacation with their family, work to make crucial funds which support themselves/family members, study for standardized tests such as the ACT/SAT, and visit universities to plan their next educational steps. Teachers and Parents would also be victimized from this decision by forcing a monumental change into scheduled lessons, vacations, and other events. Class of 2020 High School Seniors are especially affected as this may push back the time when they can rightfully graduate, thus, severely limiting their last summer as youths.

We are demanding that the Michigan Department of Education commits to the following:

Refrain from extending school days later in the year than usual (typically mid-June) by forgiving ALL days in which school has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guide districts on how to implement continued learning if they have not done so already. 

The Michigan Department of Education is only creating more chaos during the COVID-19 crisis by treating the state mandated school closures like snow days. Parents, teachers, and students alike deserve so much better from their state government. We all want life to go back to normal, so lets send a strong message to Lansing that they cannot create more confusion and unease. 

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