Jenna Knepper ‘21: Lots of frantic faces and confusion continue as Coronavirus cases across the nation grow. In an attempt to resolve any uncertainty, President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday, March 11, at 9:00pm. He answered many questions and declared all travel to and from Europe banned for the next thirty days.
This news became the last thing on anyones mind after the governor, Gretchen Whitmer, addressed the state of Michigan with even more shocking news the next day.
“I am ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings in Michigan for three weeks starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. This is not a decision that I make lightly. A lot of districts have taken action and already closed themselves. This we feel is a necessary step to protect kids, and teachers and families and our overall public health,” said Whitmer.
With all the students who attend K-12 schools forced to stay home, Romeo Community Schools receive an even longer time off because of Spring Break. Students who attend any schools in the Romeo Community School district return to school on April 13th.
“We are doing everything we can to make sure our families have the support they need during school building closures. We are working with our local school districts to provide guidance and help children who need it to access food during this time. Our number one priority is keeping our families safe and healthy and mitigating the spread of this virus,” said Whitmer.
While this step taken by the governor comes as a surprise to many, it becomes the only way to ensure that the number of COVID-19 cases grow slowly enough that healthcare delivery systems around Michigan can accommodate these numbers.
Many states such as Ohio, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico, the District of Columbia and several others have already closed their K-12 schools due to the Coronavirus outbreak. By taking the proper steps, you can prevent contracting and passing the virus.
“Please do your part, make smart choices during this time. Even if you are healthy and feel asymptomatic, you can, unknowingly, be carrying and spreading the virus. Assume that you are, and take these orders seriously, to keep yourself and your loved ones, your co-workers and people at risk of serious illness (safe). There are easy things that every one of us can do to lower risk in our state,” said Whitmer.
Some districts, like Rochester, train teachers about online school, while other districts simply don’t have a plan yet. Students attend their last day at Romeo before the closing on March 16 trying to piece together a game plan of sorts as to how academic growth continues.
With the Chromebooks each student receives in Romeo Community Schools, technology becomes the best chance to keep learning and stay connected with curriculum. While many questions remain unanswered, the people of Romeo find assurance in the fact that the highest measures are being taken to keep everyone healthy and safe.