Dear MMSA Community,
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has released a plan for the reopening of schools this fall. This included a comprehensive 63-page “MI Safe Schools Return to Learn Roadmap” to guide schools for creating plans for in-person learning in each of Michigan’s safe start phases. Executive Order 2020-142 provides a process for developing these plans.
The Roadmap indicates that schools will be open for in-person instruction if the state is in Ml Safe Start Phase 4, 5, or 6 with each phase requiring and/or recommending specific safety protocols. We are currently in Phase 4, so, at this point, we will be open for in-person instruction this fall. If the state falls back to Phase 3 at some point, schools will be closed, and learning will be done at home using our online platforms Google Classroom, Seesaw, and Edgenuity.
Washing hands, social distancing, and wearing facial coverings are the three essential precautions for all of us to take at all times in the midst of this pandemic. The Roadmap requires some procedures and recommends some others depending on the phase that we are in. In Phase 4, all students and staff are required to wear face coverings when they are in the school building (except for students in grades K-5 when they are in the classroom), students will receive their instruction in one designated classroom (teachers will switch rooms instead of students), a limited number of students can stay in one room at the same time due to social distancing, etc. Our building capacities are able to accommodate the in-person learning of all of our students at the same time.
We recognize that we have parents who have medically fragile students or are uncomfortable about returning to face-to-face instruction, even with safety measures in place. Parents who wish to keep their children home will be able to choose an updated, robust online learning platform that follows the MMSA/Concept Schools curriculum. Parents who choose this option must commit to a minimum of one semester of online learning. Should online learning be necessary (or a blended version of online and in-person instruction) at any point during the school year, devices will be provided to every student. Although in-person learning will look different, our entire team will work to ensure that the social and emotional well-being of students is supported and nurtured.
MMSA staff is working very hard this summer preparing for welcoming our students back in our buildings, and I am confident that we will provide an outstanding education for our children whether in-school or at home. As always, our top priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, parents, and community, and we will continue to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health officials. Please reach out to us for any questions or anything that we can do to help; for MMSA Lorraine, firstname.lastname@example.org, and for MMSA Dequindre, email@example.com.
Please stay healthy, safe, and enjoy the 4th of July weekend!