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Posted on: August 18, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: State House approves back-to-school deal

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The Michigan House has approved a return-to-school deal that was reached Friday by the governor and legislative leadership just ahead of Saturday’s special Senate session. That and more in today’s Wayne County Report for August 18, 2020.

House Bill 5913 was approved 73-33 during Monday’s session. All of the education bills will now head to Governor Whitmer’s desk for signing.

Highlights of the return-to-school deal look like this:

  • $583 million in federal coronavirus relief funds dedicated to schools
  • $350 per pupil
  • More than $50 million in hazard pay for educators
  • $18 million for safety measures and local benchmark assessments to figure out how kids are doing.
  • A 75/25 formula to determine attendance, meaning that 75% will be counted from last year’s total of students versus 25% from online attendance
  • Michigan schools that deem it safe to provide in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic would have to prioritize the option for K-5 students under legislation that would also largely base districts’ state funding on last year’s pupil count to account for enrollment uncertainty in coming weeks.

According to the countywide health data for August 17, 2020, Taylor registered two new COVID cases, upping its total to 703 this year. There were no new deaths; that total remains at 73.

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