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April 2, 2020 Update
Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Suspending Face-to-Face Learning at K-12 Schools for Remainder of School Year
Executive Order sets guidelines for remote learning, ensures teachers, school employees will be paid for remainder of school year
“LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures continuing of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning.
“My number one priority right now is protecting Michigan families from the spread of COVID-19. For the sake of our students, their families, and the more than 100,000 teachers and staff in our state, I have made the difficult decision to close our school facilities for the remainder of the school year,” Governor Whitmer said. “As a parent, I understand the challenge closing schools creates for parents and guardians across the state, which is why we are setting guidelines for schools to continue remote learning and ensuring parents have resources to continue their children’s education from the safety of their homes. There is no video chat or homework packet that can replace the value of a highly trained, experienced teacher working with students in a classroom, but we must continue to provide equitable educational opportunities for students during this public health crisis.”
April 1, 2020 Update
First of all, let me thank you for your continued patience during these unprecedented times. This pandemic has presented a challenge like no other in the history of public education. We have learned quickly that flexibility and adaptability are vital. The goal of our evolving plan continues to be supporting educators in minimizing, to the extent possible, any negative impact these circumstances have on our students, staff, and communities.
At this time, we do expect Governor Whitmer to sign and release an additional Executive Order regarding public schools on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Please remember that this is a very fluid situation across our state, and that timeline could change. I want to assure you that district administration has been planning for all possible scenarios that might come out of this Executive Order. We anticipate that the Governor’s announcement tomorrow will be followed by specific guidance for districts. We will provide updates as soon as it is practicable after reviewing and interpreting these guidelines.
It has been just over one month since we were first told to prepare a pandemic response plan and 20 days since we were given an unanticipated shut down order by the Governor. What our staff has accomplished in that short time period is nothing short of amazing. We believe that we will continue down this impressive path and evolve quickly to meet the continuing needs of our students.
March 27, 2020 Update
“Reset your baseline. We're all operating in the shadow of a global pandemic, and it is disorienting and limiting. Business as usual is unrealistic.” - Stephen Merrill (Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment: edutopia.org. March 19, 2020)
These are wise words during a time when we are all seeking some sense of normalcy. These are unprecedented times, and there simply was no experience or specific training that could prepare us for what we are now facing. We continue, however, to use all of our resources to support ongoing student learning. We understand that this is not “business as usual” and appreciate your continued patience as we navigate forward. Hang in there. I am sure that everyone is doing the best they can.
Information from State Senator Kim LaSata’s office was shared with area superintendents yesterday that an announcement was forthcoming early next week that would bring clarity to the length of the school closure. In a radio interview this morning, the Governor responded to the question, “Will it be the end of the school year right now?”
Our preparation for a possible pandemic began weeks ago when the Center of Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) asked that schools create Pandemic Response Plans. Utilizing resources gathered from many sources, we developed a comprehensive plan that included strategies for mitigating the spread of illness. Even with this preparation, the situation continues to evolve quickly. In order to give you the most recent information we have, we have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please be patient with us as we continue to update this list. The information provided could change quickly.
The best way to stay informed about how the COVID-19 closings are impacting families in Lakeshore is to:
Regularly visit https://www.lpslancers.net for updates,
Watch for emails from the district,
Assure that your information is updated in PowerSchool.
This information will be updated often as needed to provide the most current information available.