Story updated on March 17, 2020, at 8:46 AM.
With 16 new COVID-19 cases emerging in the State of Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has now canceled all DPSCD classes until April 6. This cancellation comes after DPSCD Superintendent Nikolai Vitti sent a letter to DPSCD students and faculty on March 12, stating that schools would remain open amid COVID-19. The school closings will start on March 16 and affect K-12 students.
“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” said Governor Whitmer. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food. I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe. I urge everyone to make smart choices during this time and to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families.”
“Closing our K-12 school buildings is the responsible choice that will minimize the risk of exposure for children, educators, and families and mitigate the spread of coronavirus,” said Michigan State Superintendent Michael Rice. “The Department of Education will continue to work closely with our partners in state government to help our students and educators in each school district get through this time. This is about protecting the most people in Michigan.”
Gov. Whitmer has also banned gatherings, which include more than 250 people to stop the spread of COVID-19. Spaces such as galleries, auditoriums, cafeterias, are prohibited until April 6. Also, on March 13, President Trump will announce a State of Emergency to combat the COVID-19 virus.
Update: There are now 54 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State of Michigan.