MASA COVID-19 Update – April 20, 2020
It was a slower news day for education-related COVID updates, but we have collected some of the resources that were shared during the past week so they are in one handy location.
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:
MASA School Finance Webinar
MASA and officials from the State Budget Office hosted a discussion on the state budget and school aid today. The materials from the webinar are available below.
Latest MDE Resources
MDE has released several resources during the past week.
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.
CTE Virtual Delivery Guidance to Support Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order
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
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. Read the memo.
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.
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.
National Weather Service Educational Resources
Need help while kids are at home? Check out the National Weather Service’s lessons, games, and videos to keep students engaged in science.
Learn about different cloud formations, jet streams, hurricanes, and so much more!
STEMscopes Distance Learning Resources
As a digital curriculum, STEMscopes is designed for both teachers and students to have easy access from any device at any time, regardless of location. Teachers can assign tasks, students can complete assignments, and resources are printable for students who do not have internet access at home.
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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