Whitmer Sets March 1 for Michgan Schools to Offer In-Person Learning

January 08, 2021, 2:04 PM

(Photo: Detroit Public Schools Community District)

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants schools to offer in-person classes two to three days each week by March 1. But the state won't penalize schools that stick with solely remote classes, she said Friday.

"I strongly encourage districts to provide as much face-to-face learning as possible, and my administration will work closely with them to get it done,” Whitmer said in a statement. "As rapid testing access expands, we have even more tools to makes schools safer for students, educators and other staff."

The nudge toward hybrid school schedules comes as daily Covid cases decline, though they're still high (3,625 new diagnoses reported Friday). 

Some schools in Michigan have only offered online instruction since March 15. The governor halted in person instruction at high schools on Nov. 15, then lifted this requirement before the Christmas break.

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