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Meet the 26 Michiganders who will advise Gov. Whitmer on reopening schools


A parent, a student, two teachers, a health officer, a superintendent and 20 other Michigan residents will advise Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on when and how to reopen the state’s schools.

The members of Whitmer’s new COVID-19 Return to School Advisory Council were announced Wednesday. Whitmer said last month that she’d seek public input on school buildings re-opening.

“I know this group is prepared to carefully examine the data and consult with experts when helping me determine what is best for our kids,” Whitmer said in a statement.

As the number of new coronavirus cases in Michigan drops, schools buildings remain closed and are not expected to reopen before the end of the school year. Whitmer lifted the state’s stay-at-home order on Monday.

She has not committed to a firm reopening date for schools, nor issued guidance on how schools should reopen safely.

In other countries where schools have reopened, students are being asked to maintain six feet of distance from each other and schools are increasing sanitation.

Click here for a full list of the council’s members:

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