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Coronavirus (COVID-19)/ Return to Learn Resource Center

Page updated 7/30/2020

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.

This is a public health issue, so educators are encouraged to contact their local health department with any questions or inquiries about COVID-130

Archived Member Updates

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Archived Member Updates

May 11, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – May 11, 2020

May 8, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – May 8, 2020

May 6, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – May 6, 2020

MASA Webinar – High School Commencement: Here’s What/So What/Now What

May 4, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – May 4, 2020

May 1, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – May 1, 2020

April 29, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 29, 2020

April 27, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 27, 2020

April 24, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 24, 2020

April 22, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 22, 2020

April 20, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 20, 2020

MASA/State Budget Office School Finance Webinar

April 17, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 17, 2020

April 15, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 15, 2020

April 13, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 13, 2020

April 10, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 10, 2020

MASA/Thrun Legal Webinar Recording

April 6, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 6, 2020

April 8, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 8, 2020

April 3, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – April 3, 2020

April 2, 2020
Joint Statement on the Suspension of Face-to-Face Learning for 2019-2020

Message to MASA Members: Executive Order – Next Steps

April 1, 2020
Senate Fiscal Agency’s Analysis of Federal CARES Act

March 31, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 31, 2020

March 30, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 30, 2020

CARES Act Education Information – Sen. Peters

March 27, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 27, 2020

March 26, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 26, 2020

A Look at the Stimulus Package 

March 25, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 25, 2020

March 24, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 24, 2020

March 23, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 23, 2020

Special Message Regarding Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order

Gov. Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

March 20, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 20, 2020

March 19, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 19, 2020

March 18, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 18, 2020

March 17, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 17, 2020

Education Organizations Blast Inaction on COVID-19 School Support

Statement From MAISA, MASA, MASB, MASSP, MSBO State Testing Mandate Waiver from the USDOE

MDE, State Board of Education Letter to Secretary DeVos Urging for Waiver of State Assessments

March 16, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 16, 2020

March 15, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Update – March 15, 2020

March 14, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Daily Update – March 14, 2020

March 13, 2020
MASA COVID-19 Daily Update – March 13, 2020

Statement from MAISA, MASA, MASB, MASSP, MSBO Regarding School Closures Across the State

March 12, 2020
Governor Whitmer Announces Statewide Closure of All K-12 School Buildings; School building closures will last Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5

Memo to MASA and MAISA Members

COVID-19 Recommendations from Education Week Articles

March 11, 2020
Gov. Whitmer, MDHHS Provide Recommendations to Stop Spread of COVID-19

March 9, 2020
MASA/Thrun to Host Coronavirus Legal Webinar on March 17

March 3, 2020
MSPRA Relases Communications Toolkit about Coronavirus

AASA Resources on Coronavirus

February 28, 2020


Check out the Detroit PBS Kids Daily Newsletter for educational resources for every grade level and even parents!

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MASA Partner Resources

Siemens Infographic
Regardless of how things shake out in the long run, there are immediate challenges that will need to be addressed and Siemens is uniquely positioned in order to provide solutions to address a large number of those concerns.

Hanover Research Superintendents Leadership Council

Hanover hosted its latest Superintendents Leadership Council on May 7 with a conversation around academic and operational considerations for the summer and fall, specifically dealing with questions about reentry scenarios, effective communication strategies, and mitigating “summer” learning loss. You can access a recording of the session here.

Financial Recovery Research Brief – Hanover Research
COVID-19 pandemic, and several states have already announced funding reductions. Although the CARES Act allocates $13.5 billion in federal funding for school districts, experts project state funding reductions to exceed this amount. In addition, many school districts are facing additional revenue losses from programs such as early childhood education. To support districts anticipating financial challenges, Hanover Research has prepared this Financial Recovery Research Brief exploring strategies used by school districts to establish financial priorities during financial crises.

Hanover Research Toolkit + Infobrief

Some Thoughts from Nancy Colflesh, Ph.D. – Nancy Colflesh, Leadership Coach

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.

Coverage information for MESSA members – MESSA
MESSA is fully covering online and telehealth medical and mental health visits 100% for our members and their covered dependents through June 30. Members will not be responsible for paying deductibles, copayments or coinsurance.

At-Home Learning Resources – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
HMH is offering schools and families a comprehensive collection of high-quality resources to help keep students engaged and learning safely. Here you’ll find free learning activities, lessons, downloadables, and videos for Grade K–12 kids to keep learning and growing at grade level. In addition, HMH is offering building and district level administrators and coordinators complimentary access to our Waggle, Writable, and Amira Learning programs through July 1st.

Michigan Virtual Free Resources for Educators During School Closures – Michigan Virtual
For the duration of school closures, Michigan Virtual is offering a variety of free resources designed to help educators and parents keep their students learning. This includes free access to content from over 70 of our online student courses, evaluation and readiness tools for teachers, online professional development courses, a series of webinars on best practices for remote instruction, a Facebook group devoted to facilitating statewide conversation, and more. Our state certainly has some amazing educators. Thank you to all of you who are going above and beyond to support your students during this difficult time.

School Closure Learning Continuity Readiness Rubric – Michigan Virtual

“Keep Learning Michigan” Facebook Group – Michigan Virtual

Webinar on Supporting District Reponses to COVID-19 – Hanover Research


July 20, 2020
Muskegon Area ISD Approach to Preparedness Planning Process

March 13, 2020
School Closure Learning Continuity Planning Checklist – MASSP

March 12, 2020
Pandemic Flu Checklist: K12 Administrators – CDC

March 4, 2020
Pandemic Response Plan Template – Berrien County Health Department & Area Superintendents

March 3, 2020
Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools – Education Week


March 30, 2020
Sample Letter to Communicate Postive Case in School District – MSPRA
Note: Please work with your legal counsel about how to communicate a positive case in your district.

March 27, 2020
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus – NPR

March 23, 2020
How to Communicate about COVID-19 – MI Charters

Free Icons for Coronavirus Awareness – IconFinder

March 18, 2020
Document with Questions and Resources – MSPRA

Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers – FEMA

March 12, 2020
Ludington Schools Community Communications

East Lansing Public Schools Community Letter

TBAISD Community Communications

March 11, 2020
Talking to Children about COVID-19 – National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

March 3, 2020
Response Plan: Communicating a Confirmed Coronavirus Case in Your Schools – The Donovan Group

March 3, 2020
Toolkit for Communicating about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Michigan School Public Relations Association (MSPRA)

Communicating about Coronavirus? Find Help in Member Resources – National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)

March 1, 2020
Coronavirus Communication: What Should School Leaders Do Right Now? – The Donovan Group

Digital Learning

Broadband Search – Internet Service in Michigan
Search your area for the best Internet and Television providers. The team at Broadband Search put together extensive research on the providers and plans available across the U.S., which includes download speeds, upload speeds, pricing data caps, fine print, and more.
GrantWatch currently has more than 40 grants for teachers accepting applications.
Grants for public school teachers are available for: the improvement of education, grants for classroom supplies, innovative teaching strategies and professional development teaching opportunities. Find classroom grants for school funding, grants to public school educators to enhance teaching, provide support for STEM professionals and for the pursuit of careers in teaching.

Virtual Farm Tour
Family outings may be canceled but that doesn’t mean fun  and learning have to end! Take your herd on a LIVE virtual farm tour with our friends @MilkMeansMore. The event is Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. via their Facebook LIVE. You will see cute cows, get an inside look on how milk is produced, learn more about dairy farming and how Michigan dairy farmers are bringing nutritious dairy products to your home.

Free Preschool on Facebook Live – Play to Learn Preschool

‘Evidence-Based Literacy Instruction (EBLI) – EBLI Reads

Online Resource Toolkit – Macmillan Speakers

Educator Engagement Guide – Saginaw ISD

Family Engagement Guide – Saginaw ISD

Free and Low-Cost Online Resources – MDE

Teachers Share Resources for Teaching Online During Coronavirus School Closures – EducationWeek

Curriculum and Reading Material for Homebound Students – Kim Marshall

Detroit PBS Kids Daily Newsletter/Resources

Hanover Reserach Library for Digital Learning, Hybrid Courses, Best Practices, and Effective Models – Hanover Research

School Closure Learning Continuity Readiness Rubric – Michigan Virtual

“Keep Learning Michigan” Facebook Group – Michigan Virtual