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

Page updated 10/21/2020

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

October 9

MDE Memo on School Meals in 2020-21

October 6

MDHHS Issues Order Requiring Expanded Reporting of COVID-19 Cases in Schools

October 5

MDHHS Director Issues Epidemic Public Health Order

MAISA and GELN Document Outlining Modified Requirements for ECOL Plans

AT&T Hotspots Available for Michigan Schools

October 1

Take a Virtual Farm Tour of a Local Michigan Dairy Farm

Whether you are teaching in the classroom, online or both, bring the farm to your students! Working on behalf of Michigan’s dairy farm families, United Dairy Industry of Michigan invites you and your students on a FREE Virtual Farm Tour of a Michigan Dairy Farm.

Our LIVE virtual tours offer a great opportunity to have your students visit a dairy farm. These interactive tours help students learn how dairy farmers care for their cows, the land and provide delicious milk and other dairy foods we all enjoy. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions.

 

You’re Invited: Think Connected

Join HMH® and your fellow district administrators from across the country at this free virtual event. Throughout October, engage with thought leaders and authors who share the mission to address today’s most pressing education challenges.

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
MDE/MDHHS Letter

Resources

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

Click on the [+] symbol to view the available resources.

Return to Learn

October 9

MDE Memo on School Meals in 2020-21

September 28
Special Legislative Update: Gov. Whitmer Issues EO Mandating Masks for K-5 Students

Press Release: DeVos Won’t Appeal Court Decisions on CARES Act Fund Distribution to Nonpublic Schools

PSAT and SAT Fall 2020 Update

Grant Certification Requirements for School Aid Coronavirus Relief Funds Funding and District COVID Cost Funding

Alternative Education and Innovative Programs (Hours and Days) Waivers 2020-21 Application Process

September 21
In-Person Instruction Maxtrix from MDHHS

Stratix Chromebook Purchasing Form

September 16
Flyer: Extended Summer Food Service Program Available to All School Districts

September 14
The Big FAQ: Athletics (Organized Sports), Facial Coverings, and Pupil Accounting

Career and Technical (CTE) Early Middle College (EMC) Return to Learn Guidance -Fall 2020

GELN Extended COVID-19 Learning Plam ISD (RESA)/Authorizing Body Approval Guide

September 8
Sample of Complete ECOL Plan and Clarifications

Press Release: USDA Announces Extension of Federal Waivers

August 31
Return to Learn Guidance for Students with IEPs

August 5
Grand Traverse County Health Department COVID-19 Return to School Toolkit

MAISA/SEILN Return to School FAQ for Special Education Practitioners

July 29
MDE Response Plan Template

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan – MEMO #COVID-19-080

FAQs for EO 2020-142

EO 2020-142 – Provision of preK–12 education for the 2020–2021 school year

EO 2020-142 FAQs

July 23
MSPRA Toolkit for Communicating about Return to School Plans: Section II

July 21
MAISD Plan in Progress

July 20
Joint Document Regarding the Governor’s Roadmap

MASSP Remote Learning Checklist

MI Safe Schools Phase Category Comparison Checklist

Muskegon Area ISD Approach to Preparedness Planning Process

July 9
GELN Template for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

  • Sample 1 (released 7/16) is very safety-focused and addresses specifically what is required by the Executive Order.
  • Sample 2 (released 7/17) includes all aspects of planning (i.e. mental and social-emotional well-being, instruction, and school operations) and aligns to the Roadmap.

July 7
Statement from Dr. Tina Kerr on Michigan’s Legal Challenge Against U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

June 30
Statement Regarding the MI Safe Schools Roadmap

Governor Whitmer Releases MI Safe Schools Roadmap

MASA Partner Resources

Take a Virtual Farm Tour of a Local Michigan Dairy Farm

Whether you are teaching in the classroom, online or both, bring the farm to your students! Working on behalf of Michigan’s dairy farm families, United Dairy Industry of Michigan invites you and your students on a FREE Virtual Farm Tour of a Michigan Dairy Farm.

Our LIVE virtual tours offer a great opportunity to have your students visit a dairy farm. These interactive tours help students learn how dairy farmers care for their cows, the land and provide delicious milk and other dairy foods we all enjoy. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions.

 

You’re Invited: Think Connected

Join HMH® and your fellow district administrators from across the country at this free virtual event. Throughout October, engage with thought leaders and authors who share the mission to address today’s most pressing education challenges.

 

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

Legal (Personnel/Students/School Boards)

Comprehensive District Template Policies on Title IX 2020 Regulations
With the final Title IX regulations implemented as of August 15, AASA is proud to share a free copy of the ATIXA (The Association of Title IX Administrators) Model Policies and Procedures for K-12 compliance with the 2020 Title IX regulations. Please feel free to review and share these widely. ATIXA has created a home for all 2020 Regulations related documents and resources linked here. ATIXA recognizes that schools vary in size, structure, governance, capacity, and resources and has drafted this model to comply with the 2020 Title IX Regulations. View the policy template here. Direct any questions related to the regulations to Sasha Pudelski (spudelski@aasa.org).

MASA/Thrun Legal Webinar Recording – April 9, 2020

Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce – CISA

Retirement reporting and the statewide closure of all K-12 school buildings – ORS

MDE to Request Federal Waivers for Child Nutrition, Emergency Food Assistance & Commodity Supplemental Food Programs – MDE

Holding School Board Meetings During COVID-19 Pandemic FAQs – MASB Legal Counsel Brad Banasik, J.D., March 16, 2020

Feeding Children During School Closures – MDE

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak – U.S. Department of Education

A Legal Guide for School Leaders – National School Boards Association

Disclosing Student Information During School Emergencies for Schools – Future of Privacy Forum

Joint HIPPA/FERPA Guidance – U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services

CASE Considerations for Special Education Administrators – Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)

Safety/Health

Mental Health Screening Toolkit for Schools
Last week, MDE’s 31n team shared this Mental Health Screening Toolkit developed by the TRAILS Program at the University of Michigan Medical School in response to the mental health recommendations in the Governor’s Return to School Roadmap. This may beneficial to share as you continue developing your plans to meet the mental health needs of your students as you head back to school in the fall.

Omina Partners COVID-19 Resources

Video Explaining How to Flatten the Curve – PBS

Michigan 2-1-1: Free Service Connecting You To Resources

Map of Available Meals for Children During School Closure

Coronavirus Fact Sheets Available in Four Additional Languages – Michigan.gov/Coronavirus

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Video Update

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks – LA County Health Department, California

Measures to Keep You Safe During Events – Detroit Regional Chamber

About Cornoavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – CDC

U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Letter

Map of COVID-19 Global Cases – Johns Hopkins CSSE

Policies/Procedures

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

Communications

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

REMC Resources for Back-to-School
REMC has gathered free classroom resources, such as information on digital citizenship and a “21 Things for Students” that focuses on digital skills, to professional learning courses and placed them in one, convenient location for easy access. In addition, REMC SAVE is offering discounts on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all Michigan schools.
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