Northville K-12 students will begin the 2020-21 school year on a modified virtual schedule (Virtual Start) from September 8 through no later than October 2, 2020. Students opting for in-person learning will transition to in-person no later than the beginning of October. During the month of September, in addition to providing quality distance learning opportunities to our students, there will be thoughtful transition planning, small group in-person support for identified students, as well as in-school orientation and transition opportunities at each grade level. The September Virtual Start will allow students and staff to develop competence around the new and robust Learning Management System (Schoology) that allows for smooth transitions between virtual and in-person learning in the event that intermittent school closures become necessary or our region moves into different phases of Michigan’s Road Map.
Learn about the specific in-person scenarios for elementary, middle and high school students by visiting www.northvilleschools.org/2020-2021/. Students participating in virtual learning for the first semester will continue virtually learning uninterrupted after the virtual start period. Families will receive more specific information from our schools.
Student and staff safety is of the utmost importance to Northville Public Schools. We have put into place the required and strongly recommended protocols wherever possible, and we are encouraged by the precautions and measures that are being put in place at each and every one of our schools. All staff members participated in a review of the Michigan Safe Return to Schools Roadmap along with specific District protocols for safety and wellness.
The attached COVID-19 Symptom Screening protocol MUST be followed on a daily basis in each and every home.
Parents must use this symptom screening to check each student in your household prior to attending in-person learning. If you answer “YES” to one or more of the symptom screening questions, you must keep your child home from school and follow the reporting protocols outlined on the COVID-19 Symptom Screening form. A pdf version of this screening and more information about safety measures taken at Northville Public Schools is available on the District website at www.northvilleschools.org/2020-2021/. By doing our individual part, remaining vigilant with symptom screening and staying home when sick or unwell, we will protect our community and keep each other safe.
Also attached to this letter is a checklist for recommended items to bring to school during in-person learning. Each school or classroom will create a system for individual material and supplies storage and management as students are discouraged from sharing supplies and materials with classmates. Please note that the items on the checklist are simply suggestions of helpful items and are strictly voluntary, as the Northville Public Schools provides the necessary supplies and materials for your child's successful school experience.
We are certain that our students, staff and families will feel that communication and connections to the classroom are enhanced through the use of the digital platforms known as ClassLink and Schoology. All students will interact with the new digital platforms, whether the student is participating in in-person or virtual learning. Families and students will receive information and access codes for ClassLink and Schoology through the email address listed in MiStar.
The ClassLink Launchpad is a location for all applications and links that students will use to access all for their learning needs. Students will only need to log into ClassLink to access their accounts in Schoology, Google Drive and other student learning applications. Parents will also have a separate ClassLink account to access Schoology, MiStar and related links and apps to view and manage their students’ information. Schoology will act as the digital version of the classroom. Students and parents may interact with teachers, view grades and track student progress in Schoology. Students will use Schoology to participate in discussion, submit assignments and participate in live instruction as necessary.
We are grateful for the ongoing work of the Reentry Task Force throughout the summer, and for the many submissions of thoughts, suggestions, and feedback from across our community as we grapple with the many challenges presented by the sometimes competing interests of health, safety and wellbeing of our students, our staff, and our families while maximizing opportunities for learning. We are mindful of the need to continue to foster social and emotional health and well-being across all students, and we are working hard to create opportunities during this unique time to foster creativity and innovation that will build upon our Tradition of Excellence and dedication to opening A World of Possibilities for and with each and every student.
Thank you for your partnership as we work together with our students, staff, families and community to promote the learning, safety, health and well-being of all.
Take care and be well,
Mary K. Gallagher