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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Expected to Sign an Order to Close Schools For Remainder of School Year, Seniors Will Graduate

In a report by, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign an executive order to close all public and private schools across the state later this week for the remainder of school year, due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The details were still being gathered/finalized as of Monday afternoon, but the order will also have schools provide students with a form of operative remote learning. That type of learning will include either online work, printed school work, or combination of both.

The order also states that high school seniors will also graduate this year, based on performance and if they’re taking required classes, according to the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Students K-11th grade will also move up one grade in time for the next school year.

Schools will receive state funding through the end of this year, which runs through June 30th. However, schools must pay all their employees at the end of the school year (runs to the same date) in order to obtain funding.

High school juniors now will also be given an opportunity to take their SAT tests next fall at the expense from the state. This would make for up the college entrance exam they would take in March, if schools had not been closed.

This order is expected to be passed by either Tuesday or Wednesday.

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