In today’s update:
- ISDs Stepping up to Provide Childcare for Healthcare Personnel
- Legislature to Return Tuesday
- Detroit Public Television to Provide Educational Programming
- MASA COVID-19 Resource Center
ISDs Stepping up to Provide Childcare for Healthcare Personnel
Today, ISD leaders joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice for a virtual meeting to discuss how ISDs can work to facilitate childcare for the children of healthcare workers. Details are forthcoming on this issue topic, but we expect something to be released tomorrow to provide more guidance and clarity on the many questions that we all have about this.
Legislature to Return Tuesday
In recent conversations with House and Senate leadership, we can confirm that both chambers will return to Lansing for session on Tuesday to address supplemental budgets and any other efforts that may be needed to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. We’ve been told that there is no plan to suspend legislative session indefinitely, but that session will continue more on an as needed basis. One thing we are pushing to have solved on Tuesday is the question of days/hours forgiveness related to a mandated suspension of all student instruction. We do not have details on what this will look like, but will share what we learn as soon as possible.
Detroit Public Television to Provide Educational Programming
Detroit Public TV, in partnership with community educators and in collaboration with PBS stations across Michigan, will be providing educational programming and associated digital resources that adhere to Michigan’s state curriculum to foster at-home learning across all grade levels.
As many of you know, Detroit Public TV and PBS educational programming and resources have been shown by multiple evaluations to be effective tools for teachers and parents. They are curriculum-based by state, and they have been classroom-tested by teachers.
The Detroit PBS KIDS Channel (56.2) is available 24 hours a day seven days a week with kids’ favorite shows – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Arthur, Pinkalicious and Peterrific, Wild Kratts, Odd Squad and many others. The programming also can be accessed on the Detroit PBS KIDS website and on the PBS KIDS app, available for free on a wide range of platforms.
Detroit Public TV will also be providing daily communications with suggestions for content, activities and learning opportunities through newsletters and social media, as well as at DPTV.org and DetroitPBSKIDS.org. Please share these materials with your organizations and communities as well.
Press Conferences from State Officials
Today, Attorney General Dana Nessel hosted a press conference with representatives from the food and beverage industry to discourage large gatherings at bars and restaurants. Ingham County joined a growing list of municipalities like Oakland County to cut in half the legal occupancy of bars and restaurants for the foreseeable future.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also held a press conference this evening to provide an update on the latest information regarding COVID-19 and Michigan’s response. One question that was asked was about the possibility of extending school closures beyond the current period – the governor reminded the participants that the closure hasn’t even hit day one and that any definitive statement at this time would be premature.
Know that members have asked many questions about childcare programs, Title I funding, spring break, open meetings, food services, etc. We continue to work closely with state agencies to track down information and answers. Please continue to pass along your questions to contacts at MASA and we will reach out to the appropriate officials and agencies to track down answers as soon as we can. Please know that while schools might be closed to children, MASA staff are working diligently to keep you informed.
MASA COVID-19 Resource Center
As a reminder, please visit MASA’s COVID-19 Resource Center for the latest information and resources to help during this period of time.