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Schmidt appointed to COVID-19 Return to Learn Advisory Council

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday announced a group of 25 leaders in health care and education to serve on the COVID-19 Return to Learn Advisory Council.

The group of experts includes educators, parents and students who will be tasked with ensuring the health and safety of Michigan students and educators as the state continues to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. Sen. Wayne Schmidt was chosen as one of the legislative representatives on the council.

“Michigan teachers, administrators and support staff have stood tall in the face of this health epidemic,” said Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “They have shown their ingenuity and worked hard to ensure students and parents have the resources they need to continue educating students in the face of this pandemic.”

Last month, the governor signed Executive Order 2020-88 creating the COVID-19 Return to School Advisory Council, and on Wednesday she announced the members who will be responsible for leading the state’s efforts on students returning to school safely.

The council is tasked with identifying the issues that must be addressed as the state works toward reopening schools across the state. Members will also be responsible for developing and submitting recommendations to the COVID-19 Task Force on Education regarding the safe return to school in the fall.

“I am honored to be chosen as one of the members to represent the state Legislature in this difficult process,” Schmidt said. “Our students deserve the best education we are able to provide, and I am proud of the job our educators and support staff have done to minimize the interruption the virus has caused. I am committed to working with other members of the council and the governor to ensure a smooth-as-possible transition as we seek to return to some level or normalcy.”