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 Prevention Update 8/22/22

August 22, 2022

Dear MAPS Families & Staff,

As we begin the school year, we are looking forward to a return to school that feels a bit more like it did pre-pandemic. With a focus on health and safety for all members of our MAPS family, we can all take steps to keep ourselves and each other healthy throughout the school year.

  • Monitor for symptoms of illness, stay home from school, sports, or activities if not feeling well, and return only after symptom free for 24 hours.
    • Fever or chills
    • New cough not related to a chronic condition
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell 
    • Severe fatigue or body aches 
  • When sick, get tested for COVID – report any positive result to the school
  • Practice proper hand washing
  • Stay up to date on available vaccinations

We will encourage students to practice proper hygiene at school and will continue to follow our cleaning protocols. If there are reports of positive COVID-19 cases, we will follow the attached protocol to help slow down any spread of the virus.

We remain in contact with our local health authorities to stay informed of any health concerns within our community and will stay focused on the protection of our students and staff.  We thank you for doing your part to help in this effort.

Sincerely,

Ron Stoneman, Superintendent

Manistee Area Public Schools

 

School Day Start/End Times & Academic Dates

Below are the start and end times for the learning schedule for each building.

BUILDING OPEN: (Breakfast in Classrooms)
Jefferson: 7:50 am
Kennedy:  7:40am
MMHS: 7:50am

START TIME:
Jefferson: 8:00 am
Kennedy:  7:50am
MMHS: 8:00am

END TIME:
Jefferson: 3:10pm
Kennedy:  2:50pm
MMHS: 2:43pm

BUILDING OPEN: (Breakfast in Classrooms)
Jefferson: 8:50 am
Kennedy:  8:40am
MMHS: 8:50am

START TIME:
Jefferson: 9:00 am
Kennedy:  8:50am
MMHS: 9:00am

END TIME:
Jefferson: 3:10pm
Kennedy:  2:50pm
MMHS: 2:43pm 

BUILDING OPEN: (Breakfast in Classrooms)
Jefferson: 7:55 am
Kennedy:  7:35am
MMHS: 7:50am

START TIME:
Jefferson: 8:00 am
Kennedy:  7:50am
MMHS: 8:00am

END TIME:
Jefferson: 11:40 pm
Kennedy:  11:20pm
MMHS: 11:15pm

Morning Care at Jefferson Elementary

We have created a safe and affordable option for morning care at Jefferson Elementary.

  • Morning care is available for students age 11 and younger at the Jefferson Elementary building beginning at 7:00 am. 
  • $3.00 per student Tues-Fri, $6.00 for extended Late Start Monday care, notification of schedule needed 2 weeks in advance. $485/every morning of school year if paid in advance.
  • Request an enrollment packet for MAPS Morning Care by filling out this form: MAPS Morning Care or call 723-9285.
  • If a student is dropped off at Jefferson without enrolling for MAPS Morning Care the daily cost will be $6.00.
Transportation Challenge Update, September 1, 2022

THANK YOU for making the first three days of school transportation possible.  All of our schools had great attendance because of you!

When we return to school after Labor Day on Tuesday, Sept 6th, each bus will have the correct number of riders and more direct routes to and from school. There will still be some time changes for pick up and drop off for some routes coming soon. We have also created a safe and affordable option for morning care at Jefferson Elementary, see the details below.

Common Bus Questions:

What do I do if I filled out the bus form, but I have not heard from the bus garage yet?

  • Make sure all of your information is on the bus form: LINK
  • If you have not heard back, please call 723-4821 and if you leave a message be sure to include the following information:  Your name, your current phone number, the name of your student(s), the building(s) your student(s) attend (and repeat your phone number if you can!)
  • NOTE:  Sometimes the bus driver is returning your call from a cell phone instead of a MAPS caller ID.  

I asked the morning bus driver if my child had a ride home too, but my child did not ride home.  What should I do?

  • The only confirmation about ANY bus route should be through the bus garage directly 723-4821.

What if I can drive my student to school, but need to drop them off before the building opens?

  • Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 6, morning care will be available for students age 11 and younger at the Jefferson Elementary building beginning at 7:00 am. 
  • $3.00 per student Tues-Fri, $5.00 for extended Late Start Monday care, with tuition discounts for full time reservations and prepay.
  • Request an enrollment packet for MAPS Morning Care by filling out this form: MAPS Morning Care or call 723-9285.
  • If a student is dropped off at Jefferson without enrolling for MAPS Morning Care the daily cost will be $6.00

Again, on behalf of our Transportation Service team, thank you to our MAPS families for sharing your feedback during this driver shortage.  If you are interested in joining our team, this link explains the steps for becoming a bus driver: LINK or apply now at: https://chipslead.org/join-our-team/ 

Social Media Abuse Reporting

As you well know, social media is a popular means for communication within our school community. Although there are some positive aspects to this method of communication, there are also times when it is misused. 

It is important that we work together to put a stop to the abuse of social media accounts. Each social media platform has a reporting method allowing ANYONE to report fraudulent or abusive behaviors. Below are links to each of the reporting resources for these platforms:

Should you witness or hear of the misuse of one of these platforms, we encourage you to reach out directly to the social media platform to report your concern immediately. This is the most direct way to quickly put a stop to any fraudulent or abusive behavior.

If the complaint involves the district directly, a circumstance that has occurred at school, or the account used appears to mimic any component of MAPS programming, please reach out to us so that we are able to take appropriate action. Working together we can stop unwanted behaviors that can be damaging to our students.

We always encourage anyone to say something if they see something of concern. Reports can be made confidentially through the ok2say app.

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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.”

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MAPS McKinney Vento Liaison

Amber Kowatch
231-398-3778
akowatch@manistee.org

The Educational Definition of Homeless
When someone lacks a fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence. This includes: sharing housing with another family, living in a motel/hotel or campground, living out of a car, living in a shelter or a public or private place that was not designed for nighttime residence by humans. 

MAPS can provide assistance for youth experiencing homelessness in a variety of ways including but not limited to:

  • school enrollment and advocacy
  • guidance and counseling support
  • referrals for housing, mental health, medical needs etc..
  • transportation
  • verification letters for college entrance or employment 
  • free breakfast and lunch
  • FAFSA support 
  • scholarship opportunities specifically for youth experiencing homeless
  • basic need supplies for home and school 
  • technology fee waivers

Students should be encouraged to talk with a trusted adult at school so that support can be available when needed.

Resources:
MI Department Of Ed Resource Page
National Center for Homeless Education
Youth Poster
Parent Poster

 

 

 

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

 

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“988” is the three-digit, nationwide phone number to connect directly to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

MAPS Behavioral Health Services 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 Behavioral Health Services 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 4:30 p.m., Cecilia Lester (231-655-3744).  Or a request for support can be submitted online by clicking this LINK
  • 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 or cwolfram@manistee.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 Behavioral Health Services 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 cwolfram@manistee.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.
Talking to Your Student During Stressful Events

In consideration of recent events, we have assembled some resources for helping a child in distress and for talking with your child/children about stressful events.  In prompting conversation, we can learn more about what they understand and provide answers about things that might concern them.

Should you or your child need to talk with someone regarding stressful events or concerning behaviors Centra Wellness offers a 24-Hour Crisis Hotline @ 1-877-398-2013.

What to Watch For:

Some signals that the child is having a difficult time with (event):

  • Day/night routine is “off” 
  • Abnormal anxiety about going back to place of event
  • Child is describing upset stomach, headache, tiredness without any real illness
  • Behaves/communicates repeatedly that (event) will happen again 
  • Easily startled, more on edge, not wanting to eat, wanting to be alone more, withdrawn

 

Tips for Talking with Your Child About a Stressful Event:

 Setting:  Talking to your child immediately following a stressful event may be necessary if they are very upset.  Otherwise:

  • Wait until your child (and YOU) are feeling calm and ready to talk.
  • Find a time during your regular household routine to introduce the topic, rather than interrupting the routine for “a talk about ______.”
  • Adult reactions are important influences on a child’s willingness to share. (DON’T call your child “silly” or challenge their fearful reactions; DO recognize a wide range of reactions as normal.)

 

1) Introduce the topic in a way that kids do the talking 

For example: 

  • “I know this (event) doesn’t happen very often, so I wanted to check in with you about it.  Tell me what happened . . .”
  • “Hey, this (event) can be pretty stressful for people.  What are your friends feeling right now?  Do you feel the same way?”
  • “What do you think might happen with (event)?”

 

As your child is talking, listen without interrupting.  Watch their body language and tone of voice. Reflect on what you hear and respond with open ended questions or noticings.

  • “You sound like you are (worried, concerned, nervous, not really affected by) this.”  
  • “Hmmmm, I was wondering about when you said,’_____.’  What did you mean?”

 

2)  Help separate fact from rumor

Discuss what happened (factually).  What rumors have you been hearing? Discuss what makes rumors take a life of their own.  

 

3) Return to the event by asking about their related experiences

For example:

  • “Where were you when you heard about (event)?”  
  • “What did you think was going on?”  
  • “What did you notice as the day went on?”

 

4) This is a normal feeling

  • Assure kids that they are not alone.  Their reaction is a normal response to a (stressful event.)
  • Even if they are not personally close (to the event) it is normal to have a lot of emotions OR not a lot of emotions about it.

Questions to ask: 

  • “How did you feel about (the event) itself?” 
  • “Have your feelings of _____ been growing?”
  • “How can I help?”

Let kids know that with time, for most people, reactions will become manageable.  

 

5)  Help child to pick out a coping skill

For example:  

  • “You must have been worried when this (event) was going on.  What helped you make sense of it?”
  • “If you could go back in time, what would you do differently to help people feel safe?”
  • “What good came out of this experience?  

 

6) Closing:

Reassure your child they are safe.  Remind them you are there if they ever need to talk.  The adults responsible have a plan in place in case this happens again.  Be positive about moving on and ask permission to “check in” together again in a week.  

 

Should you or your child need to talk with someone regarding stressful events or concerning behaviors Centra Wellness offers a 24-Hour Crisis Hotline @ 1-877-398-2013.

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Armory Youth Project 

Offering Free After-School Programming for Students in Grades 6-12, open Monday - Friday 3:00 to 5:30 pm

Our vision is to create a flourishing youth culture in Manistee County where every person feels valued, finds a pathway to opportunity, and has the tools to realize a more promising future. 

 

Get In Touch

Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660

Central Office

Telephone: (231) 723-3521