Governor Says It's 'Very Unlikely' MI Schools Will Resume This Year


(WWJ) The question is top of mind for parents scrambling to keep kids busy and teachers wondering what's going to happen next: Will Michigan's schools reopen?

Speaking live on WWJ 950, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer indicated the answer is ..."Very unlikely."

On the possibility of schools reopening, the governor said, "We are working diligently to come up with a plan to meet the needs of our kids. Anyone who's watching globally what's happening with this pandemic probably knows it's not going to be this year." TO HEAR THE GOVERNOR'S FULL REMARKS, DOWNLOAD THE RADIO.COM APP OR CLICK HERE ON DESKTOP AND REWIND TO 7:20 A.M.

She added the plan for schools and students living in quarantine under the coronavirus outbreak is not one that can be developed overnight, but it is in the works and should be announced soon.

Whitmer issued a  'stay home, stay safe' executive order Monday, part of which means students are out of the classroom until at least April 13. That's the date bars, restaurants, offices, and all non-essential businesses have to remain closed, too. 

In her shelter in place announcement earlier this week, Whitmer said, “The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home,” Whitmer said during the news conference. “I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.” 

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, who has been lashing out at Whitmer has taken the opposite position, saying things should and will open "sooner rather than later."