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MASA COVID-19 Update – April 27, 2020
Happy Monday!
Today’s update includes a few items from last week that we want to make sure are on your radar. Don’t forget to check out the MASA COVID-19 Resource Page. It is updated daily with information and resources for educators, parents, and students.
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 might find it helpful. 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:
Preliminary Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund Gudiance and Allocations
MDE shared the following information on Friday:
On April 13, 2020, you received a memo announcing Michigan’s allocation of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On April 23, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) published initial ESSER guidance to support state education agency (SEA) implementation.
MDE will be applying immediately to USED for the ESSER funding. USED approval is anticipated within a week of application submission. MDE will provide additional guidance and information upon USED approval. The distribution of these funds will be based upon the 2019-20 Title I, Part A funding formula. Funds will be permitted to be used through September 30, 2022.
ICYMI: What Michigan Needs to Know to Close/Impact the Digital Divide
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The survey had 1.2 million responses.
The infographic, data, and maps will be shared with the governor’s office, MDE, and other education partner organizations.
Below are several resources shared by MAISA:
ICYMI: 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 has been shared in the resource center 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.
ICYMI: One-Pager on Stay Home Order Extension
Gov. Whitmer on Friday announced she signed an executive order to extend the Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives Order through May 15, 2020.
The new order will require people to wear homemade face coverings when they enter enclosed public spaces. It will also lift some restrictions on outdoor activities and allow some workers who perform previously suspended activities to go back to work.
A one-pager is also available that contains a breakdown of what the new EO allows and what restrictions have been eased.
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Temporary Certification Guidance Provided to Traditional Michigan Educator Preparation Institutions to Assist Teacher and School Counselor Candidates During the COVID-19 Crisis 
Today, MDE issued guidance to the state’s traditional educator preparation institutions to implement Sections VIII(A) and VIII (C) of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-35. Section VIII(A) authorizes the Michigan Department of Education to issue temporary one-year teaching certificates and school counselor licenses to Michigan candidates seeking certification who have been unable to take the Michigan Tests for Teacher Certification due to test center closure. Section VIII(C) temporarily waives the requirements for CPR/First Aid for initial certification.
Resource Center
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.
Hanover Research Resources
MASA Strategic Partner Hanover Research shared three new resources this week to help educators with online instruction and supporting families’ social-emotional needs.
MASA COVID-19 Resource Center

In response to MASA member questions regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), MASA is working with partners in state government and the association world to provide resources to educators and school administrators.

This page will be updated as resources are made available. Many of the resources shared in the daily update are also added to the page.

AASA Leadership Network Webinars
AASA, the national superintendents association, is hosting free webinars several times each week for educators.
These virtual events are designed so you can learn about topics related to running your districts under quarantine, staying connected to staff and students, implementing and ensuring quality distance learning and more. The AASA Leadership Network is here for you during these challenging times.
This week includes:
  • Resource Planning for Students with Disabilities through the COVID-19 Pandemic: Balancing Legal Obligations and Available Resources to Maintain Student Progress
  • Leading During Times of Trauma
  • STOP School Violence Grants
#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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