April 2 2020 Updates
Our next steps will involve the creation of a Continuity of Learning Plan. We will have access to the template application for schools by tomorrow and we will begin work to create a plan that includes details for how we will meet these goals.
- All students who were on track to graduate or progress to the next grade level will have the opportunity complete any requirements for their current courses. Students with credit recovery obligations prior to the beginning of this semester must still complete them.
- All students will have access to required learning opportunities to earn credit for this semester.
- All families will continue to receive support from our Social Work, Student Support, Special Education, and Counseling professionals.
- Our Spring activities will be rescheduled as much as possible. We will plan a graduation ceremony and Senior Prom to take place as soon as it is safe to gather in large groups.
- Our staff will receive the pay and benefits that their families had previously anticipated.
We will continue to meet with county representatives and our teaching staff to update our plan for our students. We will continue to align our expectations and plans with most of the Macomb County Districts. As our plans are finalized, we will communicate this to our community.
Most importantly, we want to remind all of our community members of the steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold, which will also help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick, and contact your healthcare provider.
The Macomb Intermediate School District also has a page dedicated to updated information related to the Coronavirus Information
Calendar Updates March 2020
We do not anticipate additional adjustments or changes to our previously scheduled breaks or end of year. To help mitigate the community spread of Coronavirus, the Academy will be closed Monday, March 16 through the end of our spring break – Sunday, April 12, 2020.
All activities scheduled to occur after the closure are continuing as planned until further notice.
Our office hours will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.
We will respond to emails and voicemails during those hours.
Although most of our staff will be working from home, our main office staff is available during those hours.
In order to ensure that we are managing the number of people in the building, we will require an appointment if you need to get anything from the building.
Please contact Ms. Allen (email@example.com) to schedule an appointment.
Most, if not all, local School Districts in the state are offering free breakfast and lunch service for all individuals under 18 years of age.
Please see the website of the district in which you reside for additional details.
Based on the availability of these resources, the Academy will not be providing food service during the closure.
Instruction March 2020
Our staff will continue to provide resources and learning opportunities via Unified Classroom. Please be sure that your family has access to Unified Classroom. If you need assistance, please reach out to the office.
We are working to ensure that this will NOT impact any student’s ability to earn credit or to progress toward graduation.
Students already enrolled in online credit recovery classes should continuing as planned
Our response planning team has identified the following priorities for instruction and support during the extended closure.
- Our top priority is to reach out to families to check on the safety and stability of our community members.
- Teachers have been assigned a group of students to follow up with and will ask families questions about any needs during the school closure and will refer any families in need of support to our support team. Teachers will be using Google voice and the number will be a (586) area code. Please remain on the lookout for those calls from our teachers.
- Our teachers will also prioritize updating Unified Classroom/PowerSchool gradebooks and identifying the most important standards for 3rd and 4th quarter through departmental collaboration.
- Our students should work to ensure that they have completed any missing or outstanding work, continue to make progress in any online credit recovery courses, and to communicate with their teachers about anything that may interfere with their learning during this time.
Going forward, we plan to provide learning and enrichment opportunities through Unified Classroom and continue to reach out to families to ensure we are doing all we can to meet the needs of our community.
- If you need support using Unified Classroom, there is a very helpful resource available here
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