Michigan Supreme Court Decision

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Oct. 4, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As you may have heard or read in the media, Friday, October 2, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a decision that Governor Whitmer did not possess authority under the Emergency Management Act to declare a state of emergency based on the COVID-19 pandemic after April 30, 2020. As a result, the Court concluded that "the executive orders issued by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic lack any basis under Michigan law."

It’s only natural to ask what this news means for our school operations since our Preparedness Plan originated due to executive orders issued well after April 30th.

At this time, Grandville Public Schools is not altering the health and safety protocols within our Preparedness Plan, which is posted on our school district’s website. While our plan originated from a requirement to offer face to face learning, it was created by our staff and administration based on the recommendations from a committee made up of epidemiologists, educators, business representatives, and our health organizations. It was not a plan designed to be political, rather, it is designed to maintain the ability to provide parents with in-person or remote learning options.

The plan we developed for Grandville Public Schools has been adopted by our Board of Education and submitted to our State Department of Education. While not perfect, it allows us to continue in-person learning after seven weeks. The protocols in place are working and we need to stay the course, including the requirement to wear a face covering and social distance to the best of our ability. If in the future they do not, we will analyze and adjust as needed.

We will continue to follow what happens with the Michigan Supreme Court ruling and its potential impact on the education of our students. Please know that we have learned a great deal and we do believe our system is working for the overall health and safety of our students and staff. This is not based on what the Governor can or cannot order. We continue to learn and move forward. Thank you for your time and partnership during this unprecedented time.
Roger Bearup
Roger Bearup
Grandville Public Schools