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MASA COVID-19 Update – April 13, 2020
Welcome to a new week of this new normal. We hope you had a safe and healthy weekend.
We know this week many of you will be submitting and/or implementing your district’s Continuity of Learning Plans. This is a critical step in getting students re-engaged in instruction. A reminder to reach out to your ISD/RESA with any questions regarding plans.
Continue to look for updates from MASA on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
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:
MASA Partners With Education Partners, Mavin Global to Offer Free Resource for Remote Learning
In support of providing high-quality learning experiences remotely to all students, MASA has collaborated with MASSP, MACAC, MSCA, MDE, Talent 2025, multiple local and intermediate school districts, and Mavin Global to integrate a free mobile “Solution” that is focused on whole child, equity and communication. Mavin Solution is a:
  • Safe way to meet the state requirements for both remote learning within their CLP and EDP’s.
  • Secure way for teachers and counselors to stay connected and engaged in SEL.
  • Simple way to demonstrate attendance, engagement, and impact.
  • Sustainable way to help students build career awareness, skills, and competencies.
To learn more about how to integrate Mavin “Solution” into your Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plans with minimum time and staff, register for the Stage 1: Awareness and Plan webinar, in which you will learn how this free “Solution” aligns with requirements of EO 2020-35, engage with the tool from the lens of the student, and hear about the impact it is currently having in Michigan schools. Attendees will earn 1 SCECH credit.
ICYMI: Executive Order 2020-35 FAQ 
Thank you to those who submitted questions regarding the governor’s Executive Order 2020-35, which closed school buildings for the remainder of the school year. MASA staff have compiled all of the questions and answers into an FAQ, which is now available on the MASA website.
These are the most complete answers we have at this time, they should in no way be taken as legal advice or binding. For specific advice, please consult your legal counsel.
FAQ Pages from the Office of the Governor
The Office of the Governor created FAQ pages regarding Executive Orders 2020-35 and 2020-42.
Executive Order 2020-35 suspended face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the school year.
Executive Order 2020-42 is the “temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.”
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund
President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on March 27, 2020. The nearly $2 trillion CARES Act provides relief to several broad groups adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including K-12 education.
The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund portion of the CARES Act provides over $13.2 billion to state education agencies. In a phone discussion today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos informed State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice that of the $13.2 billion nationally, Michigan will receive $389,796,984. The distribution of these funds nationally is based upon the Title I, Part A funding formula.
States must apply to the U.S. Department of Education for the above funding opportunities. It is anticipated that the USED will issue a notice inviting state applications and provide additional guidance about CARES Act funding by April 27, 2020.
Read the full press release from MDE to learn more.
Latest MDE Resources
Throughout the week, MDE has shared many separate resources, and MASA wants to make sure that you have access to them in one spot. These resources represent countless hours of work by a significant amount of organizations and individuals and it is hoped that they will be valuable resources that will help you navigate the work with which you are faced.
MDE COVID-19 Resources
MDE is providing information and guidance – developing numerous resources to assist local school districts, educators, and families. Education information and resources can be found on the department’s resource page.
MDE’s Educator’s Guide to Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Studetns
Because children are not currently in our 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 buildings this year. This guide, developed in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is intended to provide information and strategies to support educators and families during this time.
Learning at a Distance Resources
MDE released a document – Learning at a Distance Resources – written largely by Michigan teachers, that includes resources for distance learning.
The document was created to address the immediate needs of school staff who must address the immediate needs of children during this pandemic. This document seeks to help ALL districts improve learning at a distance.
Resource Center
Learning happens outside of the classroom, too! Take a look at the resources below that will keep students and parents engaged when the homework is done, as well as tools that will help school leaders during this unprecedented time.
MDE Learning at a Distance Guidance
MDE released a document, written largely by Michigan teachers, that includes resources for distance learning.
the document was created to address the immediate needs of school staff who must address the immediate needs of children during this pandemic. This document seeks to help ALL districts improve learning at a distance.
Donovan Group – Communication Roadmap
The Donovan Group, a national school PR organization that focuses on public education, has made a comunications roadmap available to school leaders.
This resource will help districts keep stakeholders informed over the next several months. It includes numerous issues education leaders will need to address and plan for this spring and summer—and perhaps well into fall.
CDC: Stress and Coping During an Outbreak
The outbreak of Coronavirus has put stress on everyone. To help families deal with stress during this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a resource page for Stress and Coping During an Outbreak.
Included are tips for healthy eating and exercise, how to care for yourself and your family members, what to do if you or a family member was sick and is coming out of quarantine, and more.
#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.
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