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Michigan K-12 Schools Closed to In-Person Instruction Following Executive Order 2020-35

In-person instruction is over for the 2019-2020 school year, but public school districts and public school academies are required to provide alternative instruction to K-12 students beginning no later than April 28 under the directive of Executive Order 2020-35.  Each district and academy must prepare a compliant plan, addressing many issues, including content delivery, budgeting, free meal, method of notifying parents and mental health services. While many laws have been temporarily suspended and certain requirements waived, there are many issues that remain unclear, such as the effect of teacher evaluations. Additionally, parents and school officials await guidance from the Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights with respect to special education students. 

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Charyn is a member of the Litigation and Trial Services Practice Team. A significant part of her practice focuses on probate litigation, including will contests, guardianship/conservatorship matters, mental health proceedings and disputes involving trust agreements. With a background in commercial litigation, Charyn is an effective advocate for her probate clients. She has extensive experience representing and advising personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries in all forms of probate matters. Charyn strives to balance strong advocacy for her clients with an...