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Welcome to Manistee Area Public Schools (MAPS) – Home of the Manistee Chippewas. Each and every day, the students, staff and families aim to be leaders in our school and community. By making positive choices, striving toward personal goals, and supporting each other, we can all make a difference in the world around us.

As leaders, we inspire each other to dream more, learn more, and do more.

Chips Lead!

COVID Precaution Update 12/31/21

December 31, 2021

Dear MAPS Families & Staff,

As we prepare for our return to school, we wanted to provide some clarification about our COVID-19 protocols.  As you may be aware, the CDC has updated quarantine guidelines.  We have consulted with our local District #10 Health Department and have received guidance that schools, and other special populations, are to continue to follow their current quarantine guidelines while the CDC and MDHHS work to determine the best approach to quarantine and isolation.

As always, our first consideration is the health and safety of our students and staff.  We are continuing these precautions in interest of maintaining the face-to-face instruction we know our students need.  Our current protocols are outlined below:

COVID-19 Prevention Protocols

  • Previously established preventative cleaning protocols will continue
  • Arrangements for physical distancing and co-horting will continue
  • Encouragement of healthy hygiene practices
  • Staying home if experiencing any symptoms of illness
  • Proper mask wearing will continue to be required. This includes masking for:
    • All individuals on all indoor district properties
    • All district transportation for school, activities, and events
    • Athletic practices, contests, performances, and activities on MAPS school district properties for participants and spectators
    • For individuals participating in any MAPS district related activities, contests, or performances at off campus locations
    • MAPS students enrolled in Career & Technical Education classes
  • We have set the expectation that all MAPS students and staff will represent the policies of our district while participating in any district related activities regardless of location.
  • Some events may need to be modified, rescheduled, and/or cancelled, particularly those events that welcome the community into our school buildings. Decisions will be made and communicated on a weekly basis based upon current circumstances and best safety practices.
  • Eligible staff and students are encouraged to be vaccinated. Information for vaccination clinic dates will be shared soon. Appointments can be scheduled with DHD #10: https://www.dhd10.org/covid-19-vaccine/

Current Quarantine Protocol

  • When an individual is tested positive for COVID-19: Quarantine for 10 days from date of test
  • COVID-19 exposed individuals:
  • Distanced 3-6 ft and masked, non-symptomatic: Monitor for symptoms for 14 days, can attend school
  • Unmasked, even if non-symptomatic: Stay at home for 7 days, antigen test on days 6 & 7 (antigen tests able to be administered at MMHS)
    • Negative antigen test: Return to school after day 7
    • Positive antigen test: Refer for follow up confirmatory test with medical professional
    • No Test: Return to school after day 10

 Together we can that these steps to help stop the spread of this virus and keep our students in school. You have our commitment to stay informed of developments pertaining to COVID-19 concerns within our community and to remain vigilant in the protection of our students and staff. 


 Ron Stoneman, Superintendent

Manistee Area Public Schools



In an effort to keep our MAPS community informed, below we are providing notification regarding any COVID-19 concerns related to our District.


Health Precautions

Manistee Area Public Schools, in an effort to stay informed about the current state of concern regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19, is working with local, state, a federal officials.  The links below provide the latest information from the State of Michigan and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with preventative measures that we can all take to stay healthy.


School Day Start/End Times & Academic Dates

Below are the start and end times for the in-person learning schedule for each building and important academic dates.

Jefferson & Kennedy:  8:40am (Breakfast in Classrooms)
MMHS: 8:35am (Breakfast in Classrooms)

Jefferson & Kennedy:  8:50am 
MMHS: 8:45am 

Jefferson & Kennedy:  2:50pm 
MMHS: 2:40pm 

Jefferson & Kennedy:  7:40am (Breakfast in Classrooms)
MMHS: 7:35am (Breakfast in Classrooms)

Jefferson & Kennedy:  7:50am
MMHS: 7:45am

Jefferson & Kennedy:  2:50pm
MMHS: 2:40pm 

Jefferson & Kennedy:  7:40am (Breakfast in Classrooms)
MMHS: 7:35am (Breakfast in Classrooms)

Jefferson & Kennedy:  7:50am
MMHS: 7:45am

Jefferson & Kennedy:  11:20am
MMHS: 11:15am 

October 29 – 1st marking period ends
November 1 – 2nd marking period begins
January 14 – 1st semester ends
January 18 – 3rd marking period/2nd semester starts
March 24 – 3rd marking period ends
April 4 – 4th marking period starts
June 3 – 2nd semester ends, last day of school

Late Start Monday Morning Care

Each Monday morning, the MAPS educational community engages in the critical work of professional development at each school. This means schools starts on Mondays later than a typical school day. In order to assist families who may need student care on Monday mornings, we have developed the following options:
K-5th Graders
To address any Monday morning childcare needs, MAPS will be piloting Monday morning childcare from 7:00 am until 8:20 am at Madison Community Learning Center for Kindergarten through 5th grade students.
Please let us know if you are interested in receiving more information about Monday Morning Care by completing this form: Pre-Registration Form:


6 – 12 Graders

6 through 12  grade students can be dropped off at the Armory at 7:30 am on late start Mondays, and MAPS will provide bus transportation to MMHS.  We greatly appreciate the Armory Youth Project for providing this convenience.

While at the Armory Youth Project, students will first check in and can then spend their time catching up on homework, grab a snack, or use the facilities for games and activities.

The Armory Youth Project follows MAPS District guidelines with regard to COVID19.

If interested in dropping off your student at the Armory for late start Mondays, please fill out the form below to register and click submit. All participants must also have an updated (after June 2021) Youth Registration and Waiver Form on file.


Food Service Program

2021/22 School Year

MAPS will following the USDA National School Lunch Seamless Summer Option, which allows us to offer all students free breakfast and lunch for the entire school year..

Our Grab & Go program has been changed under the USDA Seamless Summer Option, as of the first day of school (Aug. 31st) This means:

  • All students attending school, within our buildings, who are offered meals at school CANNOT have families pick up meals through the Grab & Go line. Those students will all be fed at school.  Any student following required quarantine protocols can use the Grab & Go service.
  • If students are virtual learners, home schoolers, or any other children within the Manistee community not attending school they are still eligible to participate in the Grab & Go program.
  • We will offer pick up of a 5-day breakfast & lunch pack on Mondays between 9am-10am at MMHS in the drop-off lane.
  • Grab & Go meals are no longer able to be offered for weekends or holidays. They can only be provided for those days that school is in session.
  • Accountability is required, student names will be recorded when families are picking up Grab & Go meals to verify those students are not in attendance at our buildings.
  • If a holiday, snow day or school day scheduled to be off occurs on a Monday, the meal pick up will be Tuesday.

We ask that all families complete the free/reduced applications for this school year even though we are feeding all children for free, link below.  This will allow for student meal accounting for the program. This information will be used by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services for future PEBT distributions and to account for student benefits for the 22/23 school year.  Student benefits will follow them for the first 30 days of the next school year (22/23), to allow families time to complete another free/reduced application without loss of benefits.

Student Nutrition Program Application


District Announcements


Little Chip with Big Heart Spreads Kindness!

When Jefferson Elementary's Second Grader, Kaylin Crummey, receives cans and bottles from generous donors who are aware of her mission of "Spreading Kindness," she immediately heads to the return center and then turns around and uses the funds for various projects...

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Kennedy Holiday Programs

The Kennedy Elementary holiday programs were held virtually this year. Please click the links below to view. 3rd Grade Holiday Program 2021 4th/5th Holiday Program 2021

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Jefferson Holiday Programs

The Jefferson Elementary holiday programs were held virtually this year. Please click the links below to view. Kindergarten Holiday Program 2021 1st Grade Holiday Program 2021 2nd Grade Holiday Program 2021

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As Manistee Chippewas, we are all leaders in our own way. Chips Lead at school, with friends, and in the community by developing healthy relationships, using responsible decision-making and respectful communication.

Chips able to be relied upon as honest and dependable

Chips are able to express courtesy to opinions and beliefs

Chips are able to welcome diversity without judgment

Chips are able to work jointly towards common goals

Chips are of good nature, helpful, and appreciative

Giving our students the Chippewa Edge

Manistee Area Public Schools is a leader in regional educational and cultural opportunity, addressing its diverse community of learners by providing specialized educators, leading-edge technology, adaptive facilities, and unwavering dedication to student-centered success.


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Manistee High School Athletics proudly partners with various local and regional media outlets.  Frequently our athletic games are broadcasted on Eagle 101.5. For recaps of our games across all of our sports, visit: ManisteeNews.com, the area's local news source for analysis and interviews.

Manistee Chippewa 350 Club Athletic Boosters is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve, enhance and expand the total interscholastic athletic programs of Manistee High & Middle Schools.

Manistee High School Athletics strictly adheres to the principals and directives of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, and is a proud league partner with the Lakes 8 Activities Conference.