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Parochial schools challenge MDHHS COVID order

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A group of Christian high schools claims Michigan’s COVID-19 restrictions violate religious freedom rights.

The schools have filed a federal lawsuit in West Michigan to block the continuation of the restrictions.
That’s after the state Department of Health and Human Services extended its COVID restrictions through December 20.

They include restricting high school classes to remote, on-line instruction.

Brian Broderick is with the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools. It represents 400 religious schools with roughly 90,000 students. He says being at school is an essential part of faith-based learning.

“You can incorporate some aspects of religious training in an online format, in a remote format, but you don’t get the full impact of religious training, of faith formation, when you’re doing it over a computer,” he said.

Broderick says the restrictions are too much as the state is allowing many personal services and school and professional sports events to go ahead.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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