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All Michigan Schools Close for the Rest of the School Year

On Thursday, April 2nd Governor Whitmer announced that schools in Michigan will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Maleyko issued a statement about the closure. That full statement will be shared with parents by email, and can be found on several social media formats.

Please know that teachers and administration will be working very hard over the next week or two to plan online and remote learning for all students. Many more details still to come. Some highlights from Dr. Maleyko and the Governor’s order are listed below.

To summarize the Governor’s official, seventeen page order, here are a few key points: 

  • All public school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • All school districts must develop a plan for continued on-line/distance learning.
  • Seniors will be allowed to graduate and students will move to the next grade assuming they are on track to graduate, have met standards, and/or will show they have met standards over the next several weeks via online learning or other methods. 
  • Assessments are waived (SAT, PSAT, M-Step). Students who were scheduled to take the SAT this spring will have an opportunity to take the SAT which may occur in the fall. 
  • Food distribution programs will continue.
  • The state will continue to provide school aid payments allowing districts to pay staff regular wages/salary and benefits for the remainder of the school year.

Just a reminder that next week is Spring Break. Teachers will not be holding any online meetings or posting any new online assignments until Monday, April 13th. Much more to come!

As always, during these challenging times, we appreciate all you are doing to support your child, emotionally and academically! We often talk about the importance of a partnership, well it is more important now than ever. TOGETHER we will get through this!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Higgins or Mrs. Rabac at William Ford’s Google Voice Phone Number: ‪(313) 451-3077‬. You can also reach us at or

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