MASA COVID-19 Update – April 17, 2020
It’s been a busy week for districts with COL plan approvals and implementation happening across the state.
There is an array of information in today’s update from CTE virtual delivery guidance, to food service resources, to NCAA guideline updates.
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.
Have a safe & healthy weekend!
In this update:
CTE Virtual Delivery Guidance to Support Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order
On Thursday, MDE provided guidance on the virtual delivery of CTE State Approved Programs.
Providing education in a virtual delivery format represents a significant challenge, especially for CTE educators. While virtual learning cannot replace the hands-on instructional experience, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE) recommends teachers review the programspecific Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Gap Analysis and identify standards that may be delivered virtually. In some instances, a greater depth of instruction may be provided in a virtual format and in other instances the virtual format may reinforce previous instruction. Based on the available virtual delivery options, teachers should be mindful to address all 12 segments as practicable.
Each state-approved program is required to incorporate four components:
  1. Integration of academic and technical skills to support core knowledge needs
  2. Laboratory hands-on learning to develop skills
  3. Work-based learning opportunities to further develop and apply skills
  4. Student leadership to support employability and career readiness skills
School Stability for Students Experiencing Foster Care During the Mandatory School Closures
MDE today shared the following guidance regarding students in foster care during school closures.
For students who are in foster care and who may have a foster care home placement move during the extended time of school closure, MDE and MDHHS advise that these students should remain enrolled in the local school district they were attending prior to the March 13, 2020 and the initial closure of PK-12 schools. Students remaining with their previously enrolled district and being a part of that district’s Continuity of Learning Plan ensures stability and consistency for the student.
REP EOY 2020 Reporting Update
Per Executive Order 2020-35 Educator Effectiveness Evaluations are temporarily suspended for the 2019-20 school year, which will impact the collection of labels in Field 20: Educator Effectiveness in REP. CEPI and MDE are working to accommodate this change within the REP and MOECS systems to minimize impacts to teachers and districts. As soon as determinations are made, we will communicate directly with REP authorized users and lead administrators.
MDE Pandemic EBT Webinar Materials
On Friday, MDE hosted two webinars focused on the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Program. The slides from the webinar are now available online.
Gov. Whitmer and Headspace Launch ‘Stay Home, Stay MIndful’ website to Offer Free Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic 
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the Stay Home, Stay MIndful website in partnership with Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to provide a new mental health resource for Michiganders to access for free during the COVID-19 pandemic facing both the state and nation.
Starting today, Michiganders across the state can access a specially-curated collection of science-backed, evidence-based guided meditations, along with at-home workouts that guide people through mindful exercises, sleep and kids content to help address rising stress and anxiety. Available at www.headspace.com/MI an internet connection is the only thing that is needed to access these tools to while you stay home and stay safe.
“Michiganders have faced an unprecedented crisis over the past month, and in these uncertain times having access to mental health resources is crucial,” said Gov. Whitmer. “That is why I am proud to partner with Headspace, I know this science-based resource will be valuable during this challenging time. This virus has taken a toll on Michiganders’ physical and mental health. While we all stay home and stay safe, it is so important take the time to check in and take care yourself.  Michiganders are tough, but having access to tools like this one will help us all get through this together.” 
Latest FAQs from MDE
MDE has released several FAQ documents this week.
Early Middle College (EMC) Requirements FAQ During COVID-19 Closure
The governor has ordered the closure of all face-to-face K-12 instruction for the remainder of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an update to the EMC required closure MEMO #COVID-19-007 EMC Requirements During COVID-19 Closure. Read the FAQ.
Career and Technical Education Requirements FAQ During COVID-19 Closure – Updated
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor ordered the closure of all schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This includes all State Approved career and technical education (CTE) programs directly run by intermediate school districts (ISDs) and local education agencies. The is an update to MDE MEMO #COVID-19-022 Career and Technical Education Requirements During COVID-19 Closure. Read the FAQ.
NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant 2021- Revised
On Thursday, MDE shared that Michigan has been selected to receive over $600,000 in federal funds to provide School Food Authorities (SFAs) with grants to purchase, renovate, install, and/or replace food service equipment. The grant funding is intended to help schools serve healthier meals with a focus on serving more fruits and vegetables, improving food safety and energy efficiency, improving meal quality, and expanding access to school meal programs. The application deadline has been extended for these grants to May 4, 2020.
NCAA Divisions I and II Members Adjust Initial-Eligibility Requirements
High school students intending to play NCAA Division I or II sports whose final semesters of their senior year were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic will have several pathways to meet the NCAA’s initial-eligibility requirements this year.
“The Eligibility Center is navigating the complexity of COVID-19 and its negative impact on our membership, high schools and student-athletes,” said Felicia Martin, vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center. “We understand this is an unprecedented situation and a difficult time for students and their parents, and the Eligibility Center is working diligently to ensure the best possible outcome for college-bound student-athletes and our member schools.”
Membership committees in both Divisions I and II reviewed initial-eligibility data and determined the NCAA would offer flexibility for incoming student-athletes based on research, fairness, equity and a standard of college readiness.
Student expected to graduate and enroll in a Division 1 school will be elgible by earning a 2.3 GPA in 10 NCAA-approved core courses. Students expected to enroll in a Division II school must complete 10 core courses with at least a 2.2 GPA.
International students expected to gradute and enroll in a Division 1 or II school will be eligible for an automatic initial-eligibility waiver if they complete at least 10 core-course units with at least a 2.3 GPA for Division I or a 2.2 GPA for Division II.
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.
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.
The Donovan Group’s Communications Roadmap
The Donovan Group

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.

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.

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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