In today’s update:

  • MASB Provides School Board Meeting Guidance
  • Fact Sheets Available in Other Languages
  • CTE Requirements During COVID-19 Closures and Student Work Permits
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers Requirements
  • Early Middle College (EMC) Program Requirements During COVID-19 Closure
  • Updates from State Officials
  • Other
  • MASA COVID-19 Resource Center

MASB Provides School Board Meeting Guidance

The Michigan Association of School Boards provided guidance regarding holding school board meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic today.

Fact Sheets Available in Other Languages

Fact Sheets about the Coronavirus Disease were made available in four additional languages today – Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

The State of Michigan made these available on their resource site michigan.gov/coronavirus

CTE Requirements During COVID-19 Closures and Student Work Permits

MDE today released a memo clarifying that the closure of all schools across the state includes all state-approved career and technical education (CTE) programs directly run by ISDs and based in local education agencies.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding CTE was also created and shared by MDE, including questions regarding paying hourly employee wages, federal program funding, and CTE program advisory committee meetings. The FAQ also addressed Work Based Learning and students who wish to work during the school shutdown.

Students who wish to work during the shutdown must have an approved Youth Employment Permit in place prior to start of employment. The State of Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Wage and Hour Division enforces the Youth Employment Standards Act 90 of 1978. Act 90 regulates the employment of minors under 18. Click here for more information.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Requirements During COVID-19 Closures

MDE today provided guidance regarding 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC).

CCLC programs are required to shut down to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The number of hours that the program is closed will be adjusted from the 320-hour requirement. Centers should work with their lead consultant when programs resume to determine how to

best meet the needs of students and families. Programs may continue to pay all staff during the shutdown to alleviate potential financial instability and hardship for employees.

Early Middle College (EMC) Program Requirements During COVID-19 Closure 

Today, MDE also shared a memo and FAQ regarding Early Middle College (EMC) programs directly run by ISDs and based in local education agencies. These programs are required to follow the same closure requirement as schools across the state.

Dual enrollment courses held on college campuses are at the discretion of the ISD, local school district, and postsecondary provider.

Updates from State Officials

 Today, Gov. Whitmer signed an executive order to close theaters, bars, and casinos, and limit restaurants to carry-out and delivery only until March 31, 2020. These restrictions do not apply to the following locations: office buildings, grocery stores, markets, food pantries, pharmacies, drug stores, and providers of medical equipment and supplies, health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities, warehouse and distribution centers, and industrial and manufacturing facilities.

The governor also signed an executive order expanding eligibility for unemployment benefits, effective immediately and until April 14.

Under the governor’s order, unemployment benefits would be extended to:

  • Workers who have an unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.
  • Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off.
  • First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.

In a statement issued Sunday night, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is encouraging parents to contact child care providers before bringing their child(ren) in for care. LARA also encouraged child care providers to contact the parents or guardians of children in their care to inform them if the child care facility will be open or closed.

The governor has requested that President Trump issue a Major Disaster Declaration so that Individual Assistance and Disaster Unemployment Assistance through FEMA may be made available to additional Michiganders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other

Know that members have asked many questions about childcare programs, Title I funding, spring break, open meetings, food services, etc. The big question is the forgiveness of days that districts will be closed. MASA, MASB, labor leaders, and lawmakers are working on a solution and will share that with you as soon as we have something definitive to share.

We continue to work closely with state agencies to track down information and answers. Please continue to pass along your questions to contacts at MASA and we will reach out to the appropriate officials and agencies to track down answers as soon as we can. Please know that while schools might be closed to children, MASA staff are working diligently to keep you informed.

MASA COVID-19 Resource Center

As a reminder, please visit MASA’s COVID-19 Resource Center for the latest information and resources to help during this period of time.