Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced that all K-12 public, private, and charter schools would be closed starting March 16. 25 cases of COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, have been confirmed in Michigan. Nine new cases were confirmed Friday.
“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” Whitmer said in a press release. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food.
“I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe. I urge everyone to make smart choices during this time and to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families.”
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Whitmer calls this move a necessary step in light of the epidemic. Most states have taken actions to prevent social distancing by cancelling large gatherings of people. A study by the Washington Post shows how fast a virus can spread if social distancing isn’t practiced.
“Closing our K-12 school buildings is the responsible choice that will minimize the risk of exposure for children, educators, and families and mitigate the spread of coronavirus,” said Michigan State Superintendent Michael Rice. “The Department of Education will continue to work closely with our partners in state government to help our students and educators in each school district get through this time.
“This is about protecting the most people in Michigan.”
Schools are expected to re-open April 5.