Executive Order 2020-142 required school districts to adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan laying out how they will protect students and educators across the various phases of the Michigan Safe Start Plan. The plans were required to be adopted by August 15, 2020.
In order to receive state aid for 2020-2021, a district was required to provide instruction under an approved extended COVID-19 learning plan. An extended COVID-19 learning plan must include several specified elements focused on the mode of instruction, benchmark assessments, required reporting, transparency posting, and 2-way interaction with students. This requirement was established in law with Public Acts 147-149 of 2020 on August 20, 2020, and later amended by Public Act 165 on September 30, 2020.
For many districts, the Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan did not replace the district approved COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan. It was an additional plan that included new assurances and sections on educational goals, instructional delivery, grading, and equitable access.