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Published 3/20/2020

Michigan Department of Education Memo Says Students Will Not Get Credit for Online Learning During Closure and Will Not Be Granted Seat Time Waivers

Memo Released Friday March 20th Aims to Answer Questions Related to School Closure, Creates More Questions 


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The Michigan Department of Education in a Friday morning memo set out to answer questions related to the state-mandated school closure in response to the Coronavirus.

In the memo, MDE said online learning will not count toward annual instructional hour requirements, saying "There is no mechanism to earn instructional time during a period of
mandated school closure."

MDE added "MDE will not be granting seat time waiver requests
during this time."

Superintendents and administrators have recently said they don't know much more regarding the length of the school closure. The present mandate requires students to be out of classrooms until April 6th, but that is not a firm date and the state-mandated closure could be extended, leading to more questions about how missed class time would be made up and when.

Questions pertaining to seniors in their final year of high school and planning to attend college in the fall are also now being asked by parents in light of the memo.  More information is sure to come.

Read the full memo here.



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3/15/2020 Update

Monday, all K-12 schools in the state of Michigan will be closed to help prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement after 10 more cases if coronavirus were confirmed positive in state.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning a 15-and-a-half-million-dollar project. MDOT announced crews will begin resurfacing Eight Mile Road between I-75 in Hazel Park and I-94 in Harper Woods starting March 30th.  

The Kalamazoo St. Patrick's Day parade this Saturday is canceled. The Irish American Club of Kalamazoo canceled the parade after Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Two Blue Cross Blue Shield walk-in centers are closing in Grand Rapids due to the coronavirus. The health insurance company says it will be closing ten total customer walk-in centers across Michigan.

An Oakland County judge may become the first-ever Chaldean American to serve as a federal judge. President Trump has nominated Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Hala Jarbou to fill a vacancy.

Saginaw K-9 Deebo is back on the force. The K-9 Deebo Facebook page says all restrictions have been lifted. Deebo has been cleared for light training after being stabbed a month ago.

Willow Health Center, part of the Ingham Community Health Centers, will relocate, to a more central Lansing location Tuesday. Willow Health Center provides care to people ages 10-21.  

If you are a user of the driver assistance program through the Mackinac Bridge Authority, you may want to find a new way across the bridge. The authority announced on Twitter they will be suspending the program to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.