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Parents have been asking about their children who have IEPs or 504s what the mask mandate is.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this ORDER shall not apply to the following Persons:

a. Persons in the act of eating or drinking.

b. Persons under the age of four years; however, supervised masking is recommended for children who are at least two years of age.

c. Persons with developmental conditions of any age attending school for whom it has been demonstrated that the use of a face covering would inhibit the person's access to education. These are limited to persons with an Individualized Education Plan, Section 504 Plan, Individualized Healthcare Plan or equivalent.

d. Vaccinated teachers who are working with children who are hard of hearing or students with developmental conditions who benefit from facial cues. e. Persons who have a medical reason confirmed in writing from a Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) currently licensed to practice medicine in the State of Michigan.

For the full mandate please check view here.

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A new year has begun, and our legislators are ready to hear from us about the concerns, issues, and ideas parents of K-12 students in Michigan may have with regard to state education policies. For your convenience, here is the current listing of legislators serving the greater RCS area, and their contact information. As with all things in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, open communication with policy makers has proven integral to productive discourse on issues of the day. Thankfully, more of us now know how instrumental parent involvement is! Our legislators not only want to hear from us… they need to hear from us. We encourage you to reach out!

US Senator Gary Peters (D)

(844) 506-7420 / (313) 226-6020

US Senator Debbie Stabenow (D)

(202) 224-4822 / (313) 961-4330

US Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D) – 8th Dist

(202) 225-4872

MI State Senator Rosemary Bayer (D) – 12th Dist.

(517) 373-2417

MI State Senator Mallory McMorrow (D)–13th Dist.

(517) 373-2523

MI State Representative John Reilly (R) – Dist. 46

(517) 373 -1798

MI State Representative Mark Tisdel (R) – Dist. 45

(517) 373-1773

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Message from the ARC:

We are almost ONE YEAR into a pandemic that has disproportionally impacted people with disabilities. Congress must include people with disabilities, their families, and the direct support professional workforce in COVID-19 pandemic relief legislation.

Your Members of Congress once again must hear from you so that our critical needs are included in the first COVID relief package of the new Congress.

Tell Congress #WeAreEssential and that these key provisions MUST be included in the next coronavirus relief bill:

  • Dedicated funding for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS)

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) for direct support professionals

  • Paid leave for all caregivers

  • Economic impact payments for all people with disabilities

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