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Hemlock Board of Education Passes Resolution 7-0
Hemlock Board of Education Passes Resolution 7-0
District
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

News from the board room, at their regular June Board of Education meeting the Hemlock Public School District adopted a resolution encouraging both the State and Federal elected officials to make school funding a priority and to protect students from further ramifications from COVID-19. The resolution below was passed 7-0 with a roll call vote by the Board of Education to send a clear message to those that have the ability to help protect our children from school funding issues that stem from COVID-19.

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in 1,528,235 confirmed cases and 91,664 deaths nationwide, as of Wednesday, May 20; 

WHEREAS the pandemic has resulted in 53,009 confirmed cases and 5,060 deaths in Michigan, as of Wednesday, May 20; 

WHEREAS Michigan’s first positive COVID-19 cases were on March 10, 2020; 

WHEREAS, in response, the Governor announced school closures two days later on March 12, and a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order on March 23, among many other efforts to address this public health emergency; 

WHEREAS the public health emergency has had adverse economic and educational impacts on states across the country and on countries across the world, especially on those states and countries with significant numbers of individuals who have gotten sick from and/or died from the virus; 

WHEREAS no state with significant numbers of individuals who have gotten sick from and/or died from the virus can address the attendant effects without federal support; 

WHEREAS Congress has acknowledged this fact with the passage of coronavirus relief bills in the last two months; 

WHEREAS these bills, now law, while helpful and appreciated, are insufficient to shield our children and families from profound harm; 

AND WHEREAS no child asked to grow up in a pandemic and to the absolute extent possible no child should be harmed in his or her education by the fact that he or she did grow up in part during a pandemic; 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Hemlock Public School District Board of Education does hereby urge the Michigan State Legislature and the Michigan Congressional delegation to support—actively, individually, and collectively—a bill to preserve educational services to Michigan school children that have been threatened as a result of this pandemic; and 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Hemlock Public School District Board of Education urges members of the state education community to share their related thoughts with members of the Michigan State Legislature and with members of the Michigan Congressional delegation and to urge their national associations to share similarly with members of Congress. 

ATTEST

Hemlock Public School District

 Board of Education

Dr, Katherine Ellison, President

Matthew Wesener, Vice President

Mary Ann Ling , Secretary

Jamie Rivette, Treasurer

Hilary House, Trustee

David Messing, Trustee

Kimberly Hoeppner, Trustee


We encourage staff, parents, and community members to contact our elected officials and voice your support for K-12 education funding. 

Michigan's US Senators, Debbie Stabenow, (202) 224-4822 or (810) 720-4172  and Gary Peters (202) 224-6221 or (313) 226-6020

US House of Representative, John Moolenaar  (202) 225-3561 or (989) 631-2552 and Daniel Kildee (202) 225-3611 or (810) 238-8627 

Governor Whitmer (517) 373-3400 or (517) 335-7858 State of Michigan

Senator Ken Horn, (517) 373-1760 State of Michigan Representative Rodney Wakeman, (517) 373-0837 State of Michigan Representative Ben Frederick, (517) 373-0841