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As you are well aware, Gov. Whitmer last week made the difficult yet necessary decision to close school buildings for the remainder of the school year. As our members navigate the uncharted path to remote learning, MASA will be here for you.

This update will shift from daily to three times each week so we can continue to meet member needs without bombarding your inboxes.

Please continue to feel free to share the information in this update with anyone in your organization or network who could use it. Further, if there is information or resources you think should be included in an upcoming update or on the MASA COVID-19 resource center, please send them to Haley Jones for consideration.

In this update:

  • MAISA Shares Guidance, Quick Start Guide for Districts
  • MASA/Thrun Legal Webinar Thursday
  • MDE to Host Webinars on Food Distribution
  • Emergency Provisions for Special Education Student Teaching and Practicum Requirements
  • Gov. Whitmer Signs EO Protecting Workers Who Handle FOIA Requests
  • National Distance Learning Resources
  • Resource Center
  • #SchoolsGetItDone
  • Get Help With Your Student Loans with GotZoom

MAISA Shares Guidance, Quick Start Guide for Districts

Below is the link to the Learning at a Distance Guidance document with a Quick Start Guide linked on page five. This work provides guidance to districts that complements, rather than duplicates, the work that other important associations may be compiling.

This is the first draft and still needs to go to the MAISA publishing team, but is intended to be used now. Please note that this is a “Living Document” that will be updated as more information becomes available, making it relevant for districts well beyond the submission of local plans. For example, the MAISA team is anxiously waiting to update the Special Education Section when the required information is available.

MAISA Remote Learning Guidance for Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plans

For any questions regarding the Guide or Continuity of Learning Plans, please contact your ISD/RESA.

 

MASA/Thrun Legal Webinar Thursday

MASA and Thrun Law Firm will host a FREE webinar to discuss the new set of personnel and legal issues that have surfaced after Gov. Whitmer closed school buildings for the remainder of the school year.

The webinar will be held for all MASA members at 9 a.m. on Thursday, with attorneys Lisa Swem and Cristina Patzelt.

Reminder: If you have questions related to the governor’s EO (e.g. personnel, food service, elections, virtual board meetings, student promotion, etc.), MASA created a survey to collect questions so they can be addressed in future virtual meetings and/or updates.

Submit a Question

For questions about the Continuity of Learning Plan, please contact your ISD/RESA.

 

MDE to Host Webinars on Food Distribution

With the knowledge that in-person education has now been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, MDE’s Office Of Health and Nutrition Services has set up three separate opportunities for everyone to be able to participate in a Town Hall Meeting through Zoom on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. They will be discussing the Executive Order and what that means for schools. If a session reaches capacity and you are unable to join, please try another session.

Below is the dial-in information for the three webinar opportunities:

Town Hall #1

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Time: 1 – 1:45 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://michigan-host.zoom.us/j/713981598

Or Telephone:
Dial:   USA 404 443 6397
USA 8773361831 (US Toll Free)
Conference code: 806533

Town Hall #2

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time:  2 – 2:45 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://michigan-host.zoom.us/j/565436000

Or Telephone:
Dial:  USA 404 443 6397
USA 8773361831 (US Toll Free)
Conference code: 806533

Town Hall #3

Date:  Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Time:  3- 3:45 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://michigan-host.zoom.us/j/173784445

Or Telephone:
Dial:  USA 404 443 6397
USA 8773361831 (US Toll Free)
Conference code: 806533

Emergency Provisions for Special Education Student Teaching and Practicum Requirements

In response to questions about the impact on successful completion of special education student teacher placements and/or practicums, MDE today released the MARSE rules that may impact a candidate’s ability to obtain a special education endorsement.

Please note these rules do not prohibit an individual from obtaining a valid Michigan Teaching Certificate. Ther rules are included in a press release from MDE.

Read the Press Release

Gov. Whitmer Signs EO Protecting Workers Who Handle FOIA Requests

Over the weekend, Gov. Whitmer signed an Executive Order to relax requirements for responding to FOIA requests made by mail or fax during the COVID-19 emergency. This action will protect workers who handle FOIA requests by allowing public bodies to defer portions of requests that would require workers to report to work in-person. The Executive Order takes effect immediately and ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2020.

Under the Executive Order, a public body must respond to a request received at its physical office via U.S. mail or fax within 10 business days after an employee receives and views the request. If a request requires a search of physical records it will be deferred until after the state of emergency and disaster declared in Executive Order 2020-33 is lifted.

The Executive Order also requires public bodies to communicate in writing with the person filing the request if they are unable to fulfill the request without a search of physical public records. The person filing the request then has the option to amend their request to include electronic records only. If a public body is unable to fulfill a request in the timeframe they specified because of remote work and social distancing, then a written notice will be sent to the person filing the request to explain why there is a delay.

National Distance Learning Resources

Check out the interactive map on our website for a look at distance learning resources from across the country. Click on the map below to go to the resource page.

 

#SchoolsGetItDone

A look at the hard work happening in school districts across the state. Use the hashtag#SchoolsGetItDone on Facebook and Twitter and share what your district is doing to support students.

Get Help With Your Student Loans with GotZoom

MASA member districts can take advantage of this member benefit that can help you reduce your student loan burden by up to 65 percent.

With the recent passage of the federal CARES Act, GotZoom can help you and your staff figure out how your/their student loans will be impacted.

Learn more about GotZoom

 

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