MASA COVID-19 Update – April 15, 2020
We are beginning to see more COL plans go into effect on social media this week. Best of luck as you continue to work on those plans and start to see them in action.
A reminder to share all of the hard work continuing in your districts on social media with the hashtag #SchoolsGetItDone. You just might be featured in the update!
Finally, don’t forget to check out the MASA FAQ regarding the governor’s Executive Order
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:
Michigan to Receive $89 Million in Federal Funding to Help K-12 Schools, Colleges Hit Hardest by Pandemic
The governor’s office Tuesday night announced that Michigan will receive an $89.4 million federal grant that will help K-12 schools, colleges and universities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic continue providing educational services.
The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, which is part of the federal CARES Act, is administered by the U.S. Department of Education and was announced on Tuesday. Funding may be used to provide emergency grants to schools, colleges, and other educational organizations.
“It’s never been more important to ensure every Michigan student has access to a high-quality education, and this funding will help our continued efforts to provide remote and other critical educational services to all students in every corner of our state during the ongoing pandemic,” Governor Whitmer said. “In the weeks ahead, I will identify strategies that ensure this federal funding provides much-needed support to our schools hit hardest during this unprecedented crisis.”
FAQ: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Requirements During COVID-19 Closures
Today, MDE shared an updated FAQ to clarify 21st CCLC requirements during this unprecedented situation.
The document includes information on topics including paying staff, virtual professional development and programming, meals, and more.
Latest Special Education Resources
Below is the most recent special education guidance from MDE and MAISA.
Gov. Whitmer Extends Executive Order Allowing Public Meetings to be Held Electronically
Gov. Whitmer on Tuesday signed an Executive Order to extend the executive order that relaxes the requirements of the Open Meetings Act to allow public bodies to conduct Xmeetings remotely while facilitating public participation.
Executive Order 2020-48 extends until May 12, 2020 the ability of local boards, commissions, committees, subcommittees, authorities, councils and nonprofit boards to use telephone- or video-conferencing methods to continue meeting and conducting business while ensuring the public has access to join the meetings. Public bodies are required to provide detailed procedures by which the public may participate in the meeting remotely, such as telephone number or website address, to provide procedures by which persons with disabilities may participate.
19-20 Section 35a Grants Update
On Tuesday, MDE shared the following information:
In response to Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order suspending in-person K-12 instruction for the remainder of the 19-20 school year, MDE is providing the following guidance for use of 35a(5) and 35a(9) grant funds:
  • 35a(5) allows for the purchase of technology and software so as long as technology purchases (i.e. iPad/Chromebooks) are being used by K-3 students and include literacy instruction.
  • 35a(5) allows for the purchase of reading and instructional materials for K-3 students.
  • 35a(9) is specific to summer school programming and needs to include a monitoring piece.  If LEAs can’t run a summer school, include the required monitoring, or utilize a program like Kids Read Now (similar programs are allowable as well), MDE would advise just carrying over funds until next summer.
LEAs are welcome to amend their 35a(5) and/or 35a(9) budget and/or programming at any time by sending a detailed email to MDE-EarlyLiteracy@michigan.gov for approval.
All 35a funds allow for one year of carryover. If  LEAs would like to carry over 19-20 35a funds, please send an email to MDE-EarlyLiteracy@michigan.gov  by October 31, 2020, indicating your intent. Once approved, the LEA will have until 09/30/21 to expend or return the 19-20 35a carryover funds.
Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) Clarification
After discussion with the governor’s office and MDE, the Michigan Kindergarten Entry Observation (MKEO) also referred to as the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) remains scheduled to be administered this fall, at the start of the 2020-2021 school year as originally planned, the administration will be statewide, in all regions, and in all kindergarten classrooms within Michigan.
Virtual training sessions will replace the planned face-to-face trainings scheduled for May for both KRA Training for Trainers and Data Managers. Please submit any questions regarding the training schedule to KRA@washtenawisd.org.
Dr. Rice on Partnership and Leadership in Unprecedented Times
Dr. Rice sent a memo to educators on Monday thanking them for their partnership, leadership, resilience, and commitment to serve the state’s children during this state of emergency. He also shared links to various resources shared by MDE during the last week.
Hanover Research’s Weekly Superintendents Leadership Council: Navigating School Closures & COVID-19
MASA Deputy Executive Director Dr. Tina Kerr will join Hanover Research’s Weekly Superintendents Leadership Council at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
These weekly Q&A sessions provide an opportunity for district leaders to share strategies and perspectives related to school closures, remote learning, and community support amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week’s hosts include:

• Dr. Tammy Campbell – Superintendent, Federal Way School District (WA)

• Dr. Tina Kerr – Deputy Executive Director, Michigan Association of School Administrators

• Joel Aune – Executive Director, Washington Association of School Administrators (WA)

Registration is free.
ICYMI: 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.
MASSP offers a 3-Stage webinar series in which participants may earn up to 7 SCECH’s, while learning how to implement a safe, secure, simple and sustainable remote learning solution
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, watch the recording of 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.
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.
AASA Communities
Fuel your passion and drive your ambitions forward with a new online platform allowing AASA members to share winning strategies, resources and ideas, engage with colleagues across the nation (or right next door) and grow personal and professional learning communities.
Find graduation ideas, a breakdown of the federal CARES Act, webinars, and more.
MDE’s Social/Emotional Educators Guide
Because children are not

currently in classrooms, assessing safety, providing support and

ensuring individual children’s needs are met can be very challenging for educators.

This resource is intended to provide information and strategies to support educators and families during this time.

MASA’s Excutive Order FAQ
We know you have many questions regarding the Executive Order suspending in-person instruction for the remainder of the school year. To help get answers, MASA staff have worked with the governor’s office, Thrun Law Firm, MDE, and other partners to create an FAQ document. This FAQ was shared last week, as well.
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.
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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