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Important: 2020-21 Second Semester Learning Plan Options Approved by Board of Education

Dear Northville Public School Families, Staff and Students,
 
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Northville Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the continuation of the District’s current COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan options available to students and families at each level for the second semester, which begins on February 1, 2020.
 
Families will have the option to either continue with their current selection(s) of a full virtual or in-person scenario, or elect to make a change for the second semester. Forms for designating which option families select for each student will be available early next week, and are due back no later than Monday, November 30, 2020, so that the District has adequate time to plan accordingly, based on the number of families electing in-person or virtual options.
 
In making the decision to continue the options currently available, the Board considered the results of the November 2020 Parent, Staff and Student Input Surveys, along with weighing a number of factors, including instructional delivery, support for students with special needs, social and emotional health and well-being, health and safety measures, health department guidelines, and operational considerations. The in-person scenarios approved at each level allow for ongoing implementation of each of the required safety protocols outlined in the Michigan Safe Schools Roadmap, and reviewed by the Wayne County Health Department.
 
Parents/families across the District’s programs may elect a Full Virtual/Distance Learning option for second semester, OR an in-person scenario as follows:
  • Elementary students attend full time, Monday through Friday, in-person in smaller cohort class groupings that may include rotating teachers;
  • Middle School students attend school on a hybrid schedule every other day, rotating between in-person core content (Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies) courses and virtual learning for elective courses. Students enrolled in self-contained special education classrooms (ASD/Cross Categorical) attend full time.
  • High School students also attend school on a hybrid schedule every other day, rotating between in-person instruction and virtual learning. Students enrolled in self-contained special education classrooms (ASD/Cross Categorical) attend full time
  • Cooke School students attend school full time, Monday through Friday.
Parents will receive the Official Parent Designation of Schooling Election form on or about Monday, November 23, 2020, via the email address provided in MiStar, our Student Information System. You may review and/or update your student’s account in the MiStar Parent Portal. Completed digital election forms are DUE by November 30, 2020. Parents/families who do not elect an option by November 30, 2020 will be enrolled in the scenario that the student participated in during the first semester as a default.
 
Please note the following:
 
  • Families may not change their selection mid-term, absent a change resulting from a mandate, order or Board approved change in format.
  • Every effort will be made to maintain as much consistency as possible, however, be aware that there may be necessary changes in class groupings and/or teacher or other staffing assignments in order to accommodate changes in enrollment in virtual or in-person options. Families selecting in-person instruction are required to comply with physical distancing, mitigation, and screening requirements, including abiding by the requirement to wear a mask as outlined in the district’s COVID-19 Response and Preparedness Plan.
  • Families are required to immediately report to the school principal if a student tests positive for COVID-19, any other household member tests positive for COVID-19, a student has been in close contact with a person who tests positive for COVID-19, a parent suspects a student is positive for COVID-19, or if a parent suspects a student has been in close contact with another person who may be positive for COVID-19; along with abiding any requirement to quarantine based on guidance from the local or state Department of Health and Human Services.
We anticipate that the current learning plan options will remain in place throughout the second semester, unless there are any significant changes in health and safety guidelines or risk levels that would allow for a full return to school, or conversely, necessitate a shift to virtual learning for a period of time. The Northville Public Schools COVID-19 Extended Learning Plan will continue to be reviewed by the Board of Education on a monthly basis.
 
If you have questions regarding your learning option selection, please contact the Office of Instruction at 248-344-3520, or send an email to NPS@northvilleschools.org, and your message will be forwarded to the appropriate office for a response. 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.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mary Kay Gallagher
Superintendent