Dear MMSA Community,
After weeks of reviewing health and safety data surrounding COVID-19, the Michigan Mathematics and Science Academy will start the 2020-2021 school year on September 8th in a remote learning environment for all students. Students will be at their homes in daily interactive learning through virtual instruction from Michigan Math and Science Academy teachers and educators until November 6th. The health conditions in Macomb County and Southeast Michigan determine whether we must remain in remote model for a longer time, or whether we will be ready to safely transition to an in-person or hybrid model at the end of the first quarter.
Our schools are going to share their specific plans which include the daily schedule, attendance and grading requirements, teacher support and office hours, mental and emotional support, and parent tips for monitoring and supporting the students’ learning; in accordance with MMSA COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, which was approved by our authorizer, GVSU, and adopted by our Board on Aug 8th. Schools are going to start distributing electronic devices on Aug 31st. We want to make sure that every student has an available electronic device (not a cell phone) to participate in the full-day learning activities.
We know that the remote learning model is extremely difficult for many of our families. We hear and share your deep concerns about such issues as childcare, social-emotional well-being, adequate academic support, and more and we acknowledge the frustration of knowing that right now there are more questions than answers.
I appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year with prioritizing the safety and well-being of our students and staff.
Please stay safe and healthy!