Letter From the Superintendent
A Letter From the Superintendent
Dear Families and Staff:
As you may have heard or read in the media, late afternoon, Friday, October, 2, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a decision that Governor Whitmer did not possess authority under the Emergency Management Act to declare a state of emergency based on the COVID-19 pandemic after April 30, 2020. As a result, the Court concluded that the executive orders isued by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic lack any basis under Michigan law.
It's only natural as a community member to be asking what this news means for our school operations since our Preparedness Plan is based on executive orders that were issued well after April 30th and adopted by our School Board. Pittsford Area Schools also has a letter of agreement in place with our support and professional staff that states we will follow CDC guidelines and that anyone in our buildings will be required to wear a mask. At this time, Pittsford Area Schools is not altering the health and safety protocols within our Preparedness Plan which is posted on our school district's website. To be clear, face coverings will still be required for face-to-face students and staff. We will be seeking guidance from our School Attorney and the Health Department.
In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to gain information regarding how Governor Whitmer's Return to School Roadmap is impacted by the court's decision. Meanwhile, I want to convey that all protocols remain in place until further notice. Thank you for your continued patience as we work our way through this pandemic - together.