On Monday,  Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, replacing the previous Safer at Home order. This is welcome news, but still leaves many questions for school leaders. Below are the details of the new EO, including what this change means for schools.

Here are the details:

  • This EO moves the entire state to Phase 4 under the MI Safe Start Plan (significant portions of northern Michigan and the upper peninsula have been at Phase 4 since Memorial Day).
  • This will allow several new public spaces to re-open, some immediately, some over the next week.
  • Outdoor events up 100 people may resume as long as people can and do properly maintain social distance
  • The cap for indoor social gatherings remains at 10 people
  • Outdoor athletic activities and practices may resume as long as coaches, spectators and participants remain 6 ft apart at all times and total participation remains under 100 people
  • Beginning June 4, all remaining retailers may open along with museums and libraries (at 50% capacity)
  • Beginning June 8, restaurants, bars, and public pools may reopen (at 50% capacity)
  • Beginning June 8, day camps for children may also reopen (subject to yet-to-be-determined regulations)
  • Requirements to wear a face covering in public and maintain social distance remain in place
  • Remote work must continue for industries where it is possible and feasible, though in-person office work may resume where necessary.
  • Schools remain closed for instructional purposes under EO 2020-65 which is in effect until that order is lifted or the state of emergency ends.

Examples of what this could mean for schools:

  • Graduations or other end-of-year ceremonies with 100 or fewer people may proceed
  • Students may now come to school for non-instructional purposes (e.g. to clean out lockers or participate in other end-of-year activities)
  • Kindergarten screenings and other similar activities will be allowed provided social distancing requirements are respected
  • Outdoor athletic practices and training sessions may resume subject to social distancing, participation limits, and MHSAA guidelines.
  • The governor also announced that if the current trends in testing, infection rates, and other indicators advance in a positive direction, that further restrictions may be lifted in the coming month.

MASA continues to work with the Governor’s Office and other stakeholders to clarify components of the new EO and its parameters and will update members as necessary.

MI Safe Start Plan

MI Safe Start Plan
MI Safe Start Plan - Click to expand.