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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Whitmer suspended in-person instruction through the end of this school year, and as a result MI charter educators are now navigating 'distance learning.' This page offers clarification and guidance around distance learning and is a collaborative effort between MAPSA - MI's Charter School Association & the MI Council of Charter School Authorizers. Because the information changes so rapidly, we encourage you to verify the information before taking any official action. The page will be updated daily at 1PM EST.
Charter schools can begin submitting their respective Continuity of Learning Plans to authorizers as soon as they are completed. Academies are required to give a best estimate in their Plan on when they will begin implementing it, which should be no later than Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Each authorizer may have a different deadline required for submission of the Plan.
The Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers, in conjunction with the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Districts Association, have put together a Continuity of Learning Plan template. This template guides schools through the necessary information for including in the Plan. Additionally the MAISA Quick Start Guide and the MAISA Guidance are helpful resources to utilize in the development of the Plan. Charter schools are encouraged to work closely with their authorizers in the development of their Plan.
No, cyber schools under Section 6e of the Revised School Code are the only schools exempt from this requirement. They will continue to operate the same way they have the entire school year.
The Executive Order is silent regarding the approval of a Plan by a charter school’s board of directors, but it does require board members, administrators, and teachers to collaborate in the Plan’s development. It is likely that some academy boards may want to approve their Plan before submission to their authorizer, including obtaining public input on the Plan, while others may want to get their Plans submitted for review and approval to their authorizer as soon as possible. Please check with your authorizer for guidance on this.
School facilities are closed for the remainder of this school year, unless the Governor indicates it is safe to reopen and the restrictions are lifted. However, facilities may be used by public school employees and contractors for the purposes of facilitating distance learning, as long as they practice social distancing.
School districts CAN resume in-person instruction if the State of Emergency ceases before the end of the scheduled 2019-20 school year.
There are 13 days forgiven due to the state mandated closure – which are above and beyond the six days schools already receive from the state. Additionally, there are another five professional development days to count toward instructional time to help educators transition to new modes of instruction delivery.
Yes, the 75 percent attendance rule is waived since the state emergency was declared.
Yes, schools are allowed to adopt a balanced calendar for the 2019-20 school year and/or begin the 2020-21 school year before Labor Day without needing to seek additional approvals.
On Wednesday May 13th, the Michigan Department of Education issued guidance on educator evaluations. This guidance supersedes the governor’s Executive Order 2020-65 issued on April 30.
All state-required spring assessments have been canceled. All statutory requirements that utilize assessment data, including the A-F state report card, Third-Grade Reading law, Partnership District goals and educator evaluations have been suspended for the year. For rising seniors, the SAT will be postponed until the Fall. PSAT will also be postponed until the Fall.
Schools must develop a plan/process to give grades to seniors, award credits needed for graduation, certify transcripts and confer diplomas. Schools are encouraged to award credit for prior learning/content mastery and/or utilize project based learning, a portfolio/resume approach, or a culminating activity.
Utilize guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. Provide support to students and their IEPS to the fullest extent possible. NOTE: MDE continues to seek additional guidance, flexibility, and waivers from the US Department of Education related to students with IEPs and 504 plans.
As announced on Tuesday May 5th, the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan Association of School Nurses have jointly developed a document on Distributing Paper-Based Packets and Other Materials During the COVID-19 Health Crisis.
Yes, all requirements that a district or intermediate district conduct a minimum number and record or publish documentation pertaining to fire drills, lockdown drills, and tornado drills during the 2019–20 school year, or conduct such drills after March 11, 2020 and before the end of the 2019–20 school year, are waived.
Yes, strict compliance with rules and procedures are temporarily suspended to the extent necessary to allow the MDE to renew an individual’s teaching certificate or permit between now and the end of the individual’s certificate or permit regardless of whether the individual has received an annual year-end evaluation for the 2019–2020 school year.
An intermediate school district that is an approved grantee of Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) funding for the 2019–20 school year shall maintain records of approved subrecipient plans for continuing the GSRP for the remainder of the 2019–20 school year. The intermediate school district is responsible for ensuring all subrecipients, including community-based providers, create a GSRP plan.
The MI Department of Education (MDE) has released a memo intended to provide a series of questions to pursue before predominant transitioning to online learning, as well as to provide a resource for technical considerations.
Please note: this memo pertains to online learning when delivered to students as a full substitute for normal instructional delivery methods.
During the School Closure Order Period, all Master Calendar of Reporting requirements are postponed until Tuesday, April 14th.
EO 2020-35 suspended in-person instruction through the remainder of this school year - these FAQs, released by Gov. Whitmer's office, provide guidance and provision of K-12 education through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
This resource from the Michigan Department of education provides local schools an enriched effort, written largely by Michigan teachers, to help address the immediate needs of staff who must address the immediate needs of children - at a distance - during a pandemic.
Because children are not currently in your classrooms, assessing safety, providing support and ensuring individual children’s needs are met can be very challenging. The issuance of Executive Order 2020-35 makes this obligation even more imperative since children will not be returning to their physical school building this year. This resource is intended to provide information and strategies to support educators and families during this time.
Taking your teaching into a fully virtual environment will have some challenges, but educators at full-time online schools, Connections Academy, encourage you to tap into the basics of teaching and learning -- things like communication, empathy, motivation -- that transcend the classroom type or teaching medium.
Teaching online is difficult and challenging work. Nobody can learn to teach and learn well online in a couple of days, weeks or even months. As the nation asks our face to face educators to transition to an online format, MACUL is providing some guidelines to consider so that these new online classes are equitable and continue to provide a free and fair education for all students.
If you’ve found yourself teaching in a distance-learning situation, especially if it’s been foisted upon you by circumstance, you’ll discover pretty quickly that distance learning offers different challenges from face-to-face instruction. And if you look online, you’ll find tons of ideas and resources that can help you tackle those challenges, so much that it’s easy to get paralyzed at the volume of it all.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is offering a webinar series in partnership with some outstanding keynote speakers from the National Charter Schools Conference, who experts in distance learning and creating engaging experiences for students online.
Check out vendors who specialize in distance learning software, tools, etc. via MAPSA's Provider Marketplace.
MAPSA has also curated a list of charter educators who specialize in distance learning, and have offered to serve as consultants for other schools in need. If you would like to speak with one of our consultants, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include your name, school, title and reason you'd like to speak with a fellow charter educator.
As schools and systems adapt to a distance learning instructional model, the aspirations for culture and learning can grow. Starting simple allows educators to find wins and improve. This phased outline of Aspirations for Student Culture & Learning can be a starting point for consideration.
Grab and Go Instructional Materials are readymade resources school leaders and teachers can use as a starting point or a model for their own materials. All resources can be used free of charge, and adaptations are allowed and encouraged.
In support of educators and schools, MDE is providing guidance for implementation of Executive Order 2020-35. The guidance is available for the following topics:
GVSU has created has created resources for students and families as they temporarily transition to online instruction and instruction at home. Resources are categorized by elementary grades, middle school, and high school.
More than 300 million students worldwide are having their education disrupted by the spread of Coronavirus. Schools and universities haven’t faced this level of disruption in generations, but unlike any time in the past, we have the ability to continue education even when schools close.
As schools and places of work make decisions about learning and working remotely, families and students are tasked with figuring out how to manage it all. In many, if not most, scenarios, online learning has become the solution of choice for schools that are stepping up and getting creative to support students.
Learning at home and online becomes less challenging with schedules and routines that work for the whole family.
At least one provider is offering free internet for a limited period of time for individuals receiving public assistance (see here). Others are suspending data caps. Contact local internet providers in your area for the most up-to-date information.
Register today for our "Moving Forward with Purpose" webinars, where we convene charter school leaders, authorizers, management companies & key content experts to discuss creative solutions, thinking strategies and resources geared to help us navigate the evolving education world following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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