LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement following Gov. Whitmer’s announcement that school buildings will be closed for the balance of the school year:
“School buildings are closed, but education will continue as schools embrace new learning formats. Teachers and staff have done a tremendous job providing continuous learning to students over the past couple weeks and we know that effort can continue. Teachers and families partnering together, will provide Michigan students with distance learning opportunities for the balance of the school year.
The Senate Republican Caucus worked closely with the Governor’s team to provide input on a plan for student learning across all education settings. Our efforts are reflected in the details of Executive Order 2020-35. While none of us want to see our school buildings closed, we believe this comprehensive Order provides pathways to continue learning opportunities for Michigan students, under the current circumstances,” said Shirkey.