1) Who will parents have to watch their students when at work?
We understand childcare will be an issue for some of our families. Unfortunately, that was going to be an issue whether we started all online or in a hybrid model with students only attending a couple of days per week.
2) Will there be set times students need to be online/ how to work around parent’s work and daycare limitations?
Daily schedules are currently being developed by each building planning team. We are looking into ways of providing instruction to those families who will have difficulty attending during the day due to various family situations. Our goal is to have tentative schedules available on our webpage as soon as they are complete. These schedules are still subject to change as we work through various issues as they arise.
3) When will the details be posted online?
Our goal is to have tentative schedules available on our webpage as soon as they are complete. These schedules are still subject to change as we work through various issues as they arise.
4) When will the tablets be in for lower elementary students?
200 Chrome tablets were ordered earlier this summer for our K – 1 students. We were recently informed that those devices have not arrived at the vendor and expected delivery is late August to early September. We are making plans in the event they arrive after school starts.
5) What are families to do that do not have internet or poor service?
We will be providing “hot spots” to families with no Internet service. We are also able to provide Internet access outside of our buildings as another option.
6) How will students be placed in the young 5 program, what will decide who gets in?
Under regular school year circumstances, placement for students between our Young 5’s or Kindergarten program is a combination of parent request, preschool recommendation and assessment at kindergarten registration. Since we didn’t have kindergarten registration this spring, our Young 5 and kindergarten staff and/or elementary principal will touch base with you about which placement would best meet the needs of your student.
7) Will upper elementary students still switch teachers for the different subjects?
At this time all upper elementary students will be with their teacher of record. Teachers will be able to collaborate with each other on lesson planning and instruction. All of our elementary teachers are highly qualified in all subject matter. Current CDC recommendations stress that students stay within the same group to reduce cross-contamination.
8) Will each student receive a chromebook or tablet?
A device will be available for every student (see previous question regarding delivery of Chrome Tablets). A family of four will receive four devices for example. (Just a reminder, all students and families must complete a technology agreement in order to receive a device.)
9) Will the district be checking in on how our students are doing with their mental health?
Part of the Michigan Safe Schools Start program requires schools to check on student mental and social health of our students. We will be checking with our students or parents on a regular basis.
10) Why are families not being given options for face to face or hybrid?
We have worked through many different models of education over the summer. Looking at many different factors, including parent survey results, it was determined that starting all online would be the safest and most effective way to begin. By starting online, we also feel it puts the students and staff in a good position in case we have to move between online and face to face instruction. Our goal and hope is that we are able to return to a face to face instruction in near future.