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2021-22 School Year - Update/Information

 
Dear Northville Public School Families, Staff and Students,
 
On Tuesday, May 24, 2021, the Northville Public Schools Board of Education reaffirmed approval for a full in-person return for all students PK-26 for the 2021-2022 school year. The full in-person return, detailed by grade level below, is a return to the typical in-person school experience where students are moving about the building, eating lunch in the cafeteria, playing with friends during recess, etc. The following in-person configurations are in place for the 21-22 school year:
 
2021-2022 Full In-Person by Grade Level
  • HIGH SCHOOL: Full-return with an AB rotating schedule (no C day to start the school year)
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL: Full Return to the typical student day (7 period day)
  • K-5 ELEMENTARY: Full Return to the typical student day (regular class groupings)
  • COOKE SCHOOL: Full Return to the typical student day
  • Early Childhood Education and Extended Day Program (ECEEDP): Full Return to the typical student day (subject to the program adjustments recently approved by the Board)
Please note that the District is not offering a separate full virtual option for families with NPS teachers as offered during the 2020-21 school year. There is not sufficient interest in a separate full virtual program for the District to feasibly run a virtual option. The district will continue to offer the same virtual programming options that were available to families prior to the 2020-21 school year, including programming offered through the K-8 Virtual Learning Academy Consortium; Michigan Virtual; and other online providers. Families interested in full virtual programming in 2021-2022 for some or all of their K-12 students should visit the NPS Virtual Learning Options web page for more information and sign-up directions.
 
What Can You and Your Children Expect Upon Return to Full In-Person Learning Next Year?
 
Students will return to a typical in-person school experience in all ways possible.
  • Elementary School students will have one grade level teacher, will receive art in the art room, music in the music room, etc., visit the media center, have full access to the playground and outside spaces at recess, and eat lunch in the cafeterias. Cohorting groups of students will not be carried into 2021-2022.
  • Middle School students will move from class to class throughout their regular school day, utilize flexible spaces for learning, visit the media center, use lockers, eat lunch in the cafeteria and use outside spaces as was usual in the pre-pandemic experience. Cohorting groups of students will not be carried into 2021-2022.
  • High School students will continue to move throughout the building for all classes and now be able to use flexible spaces, dine together in the cafeteria, and use lockers.
  • Cooke School students will have full access to the building, including the cafeteria, flexible spaces and outside spaces.
What Safety Measures Should You Expect?
  • HVAC/Ventilation
    The health and safety of our staff and students has and will continue to be our priority. HVAC and air flow within a building has been noted recently by the CDC as being one of the key mitigation strategies that schools can put in place. NPS is ensuring that upon our full person return in 2021-2022, all classrooms and workspaces will meet or exceed the “Excellent” rating of at least 5 Air Exchanges per Hour (ACH) based on the Harvard School of Public Health, Healthy Living for Health standards for best practice COVID-19 and other airborne illness mitigation.
  • 3’ Distancing (to the extent possible) When Students are Stationary
    Where possible, we will try to maximize distance between student stationary seating without impacting instruction in the event there continues to be a need to distance for both transmission and quarantine purposes. This safety measure will be structured to ensure the least impact on the typical school experience.
  • Cafeterias and Lunch
    To the extent possible, additional lunch sections and/or spaces will be utilized to support maximum distancing while eating.
  • Hand Sanitation Stations and Cleaning Protocols
    Hand washing and sanitizing will continue to be encouraged and easily accessible for all students and staff. Additionally, the district will maintain enhanced cleaning and high touch disinfection strategies.
What About Masks?
Barring any changes in the emerging state and national pandemic response, we do not anticipate that students will be required to wear masks as we go into the 2021-22 school year. This is based on the CURRENT pandemic response trajectory that is pointing toward relaxation of the masking rules.
 
The 2020-2021 school year has been a challenge like no other. While we are not out of the “pandemic woods” yet, I am inspired when thinking back to where we were and where we are heading as we begin saying goodbye to an active pandemic and saying hello to a brighter and stronger future with a World of Possibilities!
 
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
Superintendent