October 6th, 2020

Late Friday, October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the Governor did not have the authority under state law to issue emergency declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic after April 30, 2020. This action by the Court invalidated most (if not all) of the Governor’s executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic that were issued after April 30, 2020, many of which have guided the return to school this fall.

As a result of the Supreme Court’s action, yesterday, Monday, October 5th, Capac Community Schools were prepared to discontinue the requirement that K-4 students wear a face covering while in the classroom. This was due to the fact that the District did not include this requirement in its COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

Late Monday, October 5th, the Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order requiring all K-12 students who are five years of age or older wear a face covering at all times while indoors. This order was made under statutory authority granted to the Director in Michigan’s Public Health Code (see MCL 333.2253). The order took immediate effect and will remain in effect through October 30, 2020. 

As a result of this action, we will require elementary-aged students to wear face coverings while in the classroom.

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