State Rep. Brad Slagh, of Zeeland, joined House and Senate colleagues in unveiling a plan to ensure the safety of Michigan students as learning resumes in the fall.
The plan, announced Tuesday morning during a Capitol press conference, requires local school districts and health departments to work together to develop health and safety standards, for both the classroom and extracurricular activities, that are best for their unique area.
“We absolutely must get our kids back to school in the fall, and we must do it safely. If we’ve learned anything from this health crisis, it’s that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t what’s right for Michigan, and that continues to be the case as we address safety measures for our students,” said Slagh. “Allowing local school districts in partnership with their local health departments, rather than big government, to determine what is best for their area schools is what’s best for West Michigan students.”
The Return to Learn plan utilizes federal Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars, which Michigan has already received, to provide a $800 per pupil payment to K-12 schools to implement classroom health and safety measures and $80 million to intermediate school districts to assist schools in coordinating those measures.
The plan was referred to the House and Senate Education Committees for consideration.
A group of House Republican legislators today labeled the latest emergency order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regarding indoor visitation in nursing homes as a step in the right direction, adding there is still more work to be done.
Rep. Slagh talks about House passage Tuesday of his HB 6100, which amends Michigan’s Public Threat Alert System Act to further define “public threat” and restrict use of the public alert system for the enactment of executive orders or new laws. Rep. Slagh says issuing an alert earlier in 2020 to announce a well-known mask […]
“I have every bit of confidence in our nursing facilities to be able to facilitate impactful visitation opportunities for residents while also prioritizing safety measures and infection control protocols,” Slagh said. “We need to protect our most vulnerable, but we must also explore solutions that account for their quality of life and overall well-being.”