Family Resources

In an effort to help our student and families navigate learning resources, we have created this page that will be regularly updated with information and links to assist in many ways.

Please know that the learning links provided are for practice purposes only, and do not establish any required schoolwork for students at any grade level.

 

Canvas Training for Families

MAPS has developed training resources for families to become familiar with our Canvas online learning platform. Access this training by clicking the Canvas Training button below:

 

COVID-19 NOTIFICATION

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

 

COVID Precaution Update 8/12/21

August 12, 2021

Dear MAPS Families & Staff;

As the first day of school is quickly approaching, decisions are being made to guide a safe and productive school year.  First and foremost, we have a responsibility to provide for the safety and welfare of our students and staff during school, transporting to and from school, and during school sponsored activities. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have consistently followed the guidance and recommendations of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service and our local District #10 Health Department.  We have been in regular communication with Dr. Jennifer Morse, Medical Director for DHD #10 to determine the best course of action for protecting our students and staff.  Currently, MDHHS & DHD#10 are using CDC and local data to report transmission rates and are assigning threat levels based upon this information.  As of today, both Manistee and Mason counties are rated “Substantial” for transmission rates and therefore the recommendation for the safest possible course of action is to wear masks in all public indoor spaces.

At the Board of Education regular meeting on Wednesday evening, the following guidelines were determined to guide us as we begin the school year.  These guidelines will be in effect beginning Monday, August 16. Please understand that conditions may change, which could impact these plans. 

  • Our goal is to maintain in-person instruction for all students, as the experience of face-to-face instruction provides the best possible learning environment for our students to thrive. For any students or families with health concerns that would be negatively impacted by in-person learning, please reach out to your building principal regarding potential resources.
  • Masks will be required on school buses as per federal requirements.
  • Masks will be properly worn by all individuals in all indoor spaces following Health Department recommendations. A sufficient supply of masks will be provided in each school building allowing for mask changes as needed.
  • Cohorting and physical distancing efforts will be practiced where applicable, based upon activity.
  • Vaccinations will be promoted for those eligible.
  • Regular hygiene practices will be promoted; hand sanitizer will be readily available in all buildings.
  • Contact tracing, outreach to close contacts, reporting of cases, and quarantining guidelines will be practiced as outlined by DHD#10.
  • Ventilation standards have been met in all school buildings.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols will be followed.
  • Voluntary onsite COVID testing will be administered as conditions necessitate. Weekly antigen screening tests remain a tool used in our athletics program to give the coaches the information needed to proceed safely. Families are given the opportunity to opt-out.

From the input we have received, it seems we share a common goal with our staff and families in wanting to return to our routine model of in-person learning and in preserving our student’s ability to participate in athletics and other essential extracurricular activities.  Although the decision regarding mask wearing was difficult, we believe that we have outlined the best possible scenario for our students and staff to begin the school year with the flexibility needed to safely provide in-person learning with the least possible disruption.  It is our hope that we will be able to adapt these guidelines as we move through the school year.

We will continue our regular communication with the District #10 Health Department to ensure we are following guidelines to provide the safest possible learning environments based upon current conditions.  The Board will meet if a change in local status occurs to discuss future guidelines and you will be readily notified of any changes.

We are looking forward to the beginning of our school year and welcoming back our students and staff.  Please know we are making every effort to ensure a safe, productive, and fun learning environment for all.  Watch your email and our website: www.chipslead.org for additional updates.

Sincerely,

Ron Stoneman, Superintendent

Manistee Area Public School

 

Family Teacher Conferences

We will be conducting their Family Teacher Conferences on or around Wednesday, October 13th.  This is an opportunity for you to meet with your student’s teachers to discuss their progress in school.

Please click the button below to sign up for your preferred conference date and time.  There are only a select number of appointments for each time slot.  Time slots fill quickly, so please sign up at your earliest convenience but no later than Tuesday, October 12th at 9:00pm. 

Directions for Conference Sign-ups

  1.   Please click the button below to begin.
  2.   Find and click on the name of your student’s teacher. If you have multiple students and/or any 6th-12th grade students attending our schools, click on “Register for Multiple Conferences” and follow the prompts to schedule your student(s) for several conferences.
  3.   Select your preferred date and time.
  4.   Enter required information. (e-mail address is not required, but if you enter one, you will receive an email confirmation.)
  5.   Click “Sign Up for Your Conference” near the bottom of the screen.
  6.   You’re done! That’s all there is to it.  

MyConferenceTime does not sell or share student, family, or staff information with anyone except the school.

If you are unable to sign up for a time and date online, please contact your child’s teacher with three dates/times you would be available. We will attempt to schedule a conference within these times, but cannot guarantee your top choices as time slots fill up quickly.

If you need additional time with a teacher, please make those arrangements directly with your student’s teacher(s).

Thank you for signing up for the family-teacher conference. We look forward to meeting with you soon.

 

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

 

2021/22 COVID Protocol Information

2021/22 COVID Protocols Frequently Asked Questions

At MAPS, our first priority is to provide for the safety and welfare of our students and staff during school, transporting to and from school, and during school sponsored activities.  We are also committed to maintaining in-person learning and preserving our student’s ability to participate in athletics and other essential extracurricular activities, so long as conditions permit.

We believe that we have outlined the best possible scenario for our students and staff to begin the school year with the flexibility needed to safely provide in-person learning with the least possible disruption.  It is our hope that we will be able to adapt these guidelines as we move through the school year.

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the protocols we will be following as our 2021/22 school year begins.  These protocols will be followed in all MAPS school buildings.


 

When are masks required to be worn at school?

MAPS requires that all students, teachers, staff, coaches, volunteers, contractors, and visitors in the K-12 buildings consistently and properly wear a mask covering both nose and mouth while inside any enclosed building or structure of their institution or as part of a school sponsored functions. This is required regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status or prior illness with COVID-19.

Masks are also required to be worn on school busses by federal order from the CDC.

Are there exceptions to mask wearing?

Teachers or other staff working with children who are hard of hearing or have neurodevelopmental disorders who benefit from facial cues can use masks that include a clear panel (while fitting snuggly around the wearer’s face). A face shield cannot be used in place of a face mask.

Slit masks are permitted only while students are playing wind or brass instruments. When instruments are not being played, students should wear appropriate face coverings.

This requirement does not apply to the following persons:

  • Persons in the act of eating or drinking.
  • Persons outdoors so long as they are not engaged in activities involving direct physical contact.
  • Persons under the age of two years.
    For persons 2 through 4, only a good faith effort need be made to ensure mask use.
  • Students of any age attending school with a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes mask use to be disruptive to their learning or otherwise difficult, although supervised masking is encouraged.
  • Persons who have a current medical reason confirmed in writing from a Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Nurse Practitioner (NP), or Physician Assistant (PA) currently licensed to practice medicine in the State of Michigan in a specialty trained to treat the condition in question.
Will masks be worn all year?

COVID-19 protocols are subject to change throughout the school year.  Regional conditions will be regularly reviewed and discussions at the Board level will be ongoing. We will also continue to communicate with the District #10 Health Department regarding their guidance and recommendations.  Any changes will be readily communicated.

Is there a state mask mandate for schools?

Although there is not currently a mask mandate ordered by the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services advises/instructs school districts to follow public health recommendations that schools mandate universal masking for all individuals inside any enclosed buildings or structures regardless of vaccination status.

What is the masking rule for busses?

Passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses, subject only to the exclusions and exemptions in CDC Order.

Is virtual learning an option this year?

Our goal is to maintain in-person instruction for all students, as the experience of face-to-face instruction provides the best possible learning environment for our students to thrive.  For any students or families with health concerns that would be negatively impacted by in-person learning, please reach out to your building principal regarding potential resources.

What other safety measures will be taken?
  • Cohorting and physical distancing efforts will be practiced where applicable, based upon activity.
  • Vaccinations will be promoted for those eligible.
  • Regular hygiene practices will be promoted; hand sanitizer will be readily available in all buildings.
  • Contact tracing, outreach to close contacts, reporting of cases, and quarantining guidelines will be practiced as outlined by DHD#10.
  • Ventilation standards have been met in all school buildings.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols will be followed.
  • Voluntary onsite COVID testing will be administered as conditions necessitate. Weekly antigen screening tests remain a tool used in our athletics program to give the coaches the information needed to proceed safely. Families are given the opportunity to opt-out.
Will MAPS be requiring proof of vaccination?

No, there is no requirement for us to collect vaccination information.  The only time that vaccination status would be pertinent is in our contact tracing efforts.  If an individual chooses not to share this information, they would follow quarantine protocol as an unvaccinated individual as a precaution.

What is the quarantine protocol?

If everyone is wearing masks as they should and staying at least 3ft. apart most of the time, then quarantine should rarely be needed.

Previously vaccinated individuals, and those that have had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result in the last 90 days, who are not symptomatic will not be required to quarantine. 

The graphic below outlines the management structure for quarantine enforcement provided by DHD10.

DHD10 COVID Management Graphic

Will COVID-19 testing be used at school?

Currently, COVID-19 antigen testing is being used on a voluntary basis by athletic coaches to screen athletes once per week or when conditions warrant.  Families are able to opt-out of the testing by contacting the MAPS athletic department.

Any future plans for testing will be communicated.  The opt-out option will be offered, unless otherwise required by federal, state, or local authorities.

Will water fountains be used this year?

Water fountains are allowed since evidence has shown that COVID-19 does not remaining on objects.  They will be properly flushed and regularly cleaned.  Bottle fillers are also available in several locations.

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MAPS Collaborates with SELWEB to Support Students and Grow Safer Schools

SELweb is a web-based system designed to assess key social-emotional skills that are associated with success in school and life and that are the targets of evidence-based social-emotional learning programs. SELweb directly assesses children’s understanding of others’ emotions and perspectives, their social problem-solving skills, and their self-control.  

Learn More About SELweb

MAPS is collaborating with SELWEB to support students and grow safer schools

Our children are starting to emerge from many “COVID” related stresses.  The pandemic impacted homelife, access to elder adults, and created a very different school environment.  In response, Manistee Area Public Schools has been increasing access to health care through the Child and Adolescent Health Center, as well as taking time in the classroom to talk about emotional stress with SafeNet workers Tracy Shimel and Scott Solberg.

To help educators understand student stress levels, MAPS turned to SELWEB.

“The words ‘social and emotional learning’ are finding themselves in more and more district strategic plans and school improvement plans. Student social and emotional development and school climate are becoming key performance indicators alongside academic skills.”  states Clark McKown, SELweb.

SELweb is a web-based system designed to assess key social-emotional skills that are associated with success in school and life and that are the targets of evidence-based social-emotional learning programs. SELweb directly assesses children’s understanding of others’ emotions and perspectives, their social problem-solving skills, and their self-control.  

“Last year I participated in a training through the Mason County ISD to learn how to administer the assessment and evaluate the results.  We conducted a pilot last year with a couple of classrooms in Kindergarten and 2nd grade to test the program out and review the results.  This year we fully launched a K-5th assessment in February to get an initial baseline of where students were in regards to their social emotional understanding,” Tracy Shimel, Safenet, Jefferson Elementary.  “We administered a post assessment in May and saw an 11% improvement in overall scores, this is exciting news for our district,” Tracy reports.

Students showed growth in five areas:

Emotion Regulation -understanding what you are feeling, and being able to adjust your thinking in response

Social perspective taking –  understanding what others are feeling

Social problem solving – the ability to think through social challenges

Self Control – the ability to control and change thoughts and feelings to achieve a goal

225 students at Jefferson participated  in February, and 212 students in May.  

“This information helps teachers prepare for their students in the Fall.  Students who feel ‘listened to’ and understood by their classmates have better school attendance and stronger academic performance.  SELWEB lets us know how we can address student’s individual needs with fairness and compassion,” says Jefferson Principal, Julia Raddatz.  “We look forward to a more normal school year coming up, but with our eyes open to the fact that growing up in a pandemic has been stressful for our little ones.”

P-EBT Food Assistance Benefits for Families

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) food assistance benefits will go to Michigan families with students ages 0-26 that are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals. This includes families currently receiving Food Assistance Program benefits, as well as those not currently enrolled in the program. No application is necessary for eligible families to receive P-EBT benefits.

If you have any questions, please contact 1-833-905-0028

 

Care Connect Help

  • Support for Stress or Trauma – Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. It’s important to recognize that sometimes we need help navigating our feelings about these situations.  The MAPS Care Connect team is available to provide that support for you and your student.  Our Behavioral Health Therapists can be reached by telephone Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m., Sonya Broadbent (231-655-3744) or Priscilla Anglemyer (231-655-3867).  Or a request  for support can be submitted online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUYUG2SeYQ3E9rzQtMjXHEhY3CgW5z4SnGaGsKnDqndG9U0w/viewform
  • Help Line – Our Behavioral Health help line is available 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 -4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 231-655-3867 orcovid-stress@nmhsi.org for anyone (staff, students or community) who is dealing with anxiety.
  • Lack of Resources – Our current situation has created challenges for many families in our community. Our MAPS Care Connect team is connected to community agencies providing resources for healthcare, food, dental care, insurance, housing, and more.  Do not hesitate to reach out to them for more information about what is available for you.  Cheryl Wolfram from Northwest Michigan Health Services can be reached by calling ­­­­­­­­231-655-3814 or email COVID-stress@nmhsi.org from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Serious and/or Chronic Mental Illness – If any student or family member is experiencing a mental health crisis they can reach out to Centra WellnessNetwork at 1-877-398-2013.  Centra Wellness has Therapist available and provides crisis services 24/7.

Centra Wellness offices offer 24 hour/ 7 days a week crisis services and office services for crisis related needs. You can call 877.398.2013 to contact a provider, schedule appointments or speak to a crisis worker. Click button below for more information.

 

United Way of Manistee envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives.

United Way fights for the Health, Education, and Financial stability for EVERY person in EVERY community.

Through the 211 program, the United Way of Manistee County offers access to  free and confidential services that help people find the local resources they need.  They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

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Armory Youth Project 

We are also happy to announce our hours are expanding to 3 pm to 6 pm Monday through Friday. Programs start at 3:30 so students will have time to arrive and grab a snack before their program starts. We also have some new volunteers and staff who are eager to meet our students! We will offer daily meals again this year, thanks to the generous support of our donors. 
 
If transportation is needed, Manistee Area Public Schools (MAPS) has the Armory as a drop off location and Dial A Ride has their last pick up from the Armory at 5 pm. We need students to register in advance for all programs so we can plan for staff, food, and keep everyone informed of changes. You can view all the programs, see the calendar, and register at our website:
 
 
Please note AYP is following MAPS District Covid19 Guidelines, which includes properly worn masks for all indoor programs.  

 

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Great Start Collaborative Opportunities

 

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Through Family Spirit and Gikinawaabi, the mission is to create a partnership with families that supports and educates before, during, and after pregnancy. To support the sacred role of women in the community as givers of life, and encourage the understanding and importance of family well-being and the health of mothers, fathers and children over their lifespan.

Get In Touch

Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660

Central Office

Telephone: (231) 723-3521