Family Resources

In an effort to help our student and families during the required school closure, we have created this resource 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.

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Family Survey

We Need Your Help!

In order to plan for the upcoming year, we need all MAPS families to participate in out Return to Learn survey.  Please review the information below and take the survey to let us know your plans for the upcoming year.  Surveys need to be completed no later than August 10.

The MAPS District has received details from the State of Michigan regarding their structure for safe and equitable learning in four defined phases.  The MI Safe Schools plan outlines safety requirements and recommendations for school districts to use in structuring protocols for everything from sanitation to transportation.

Using this roadmap, on July 2nd MAPS began working with the newly assembled district Return to Learn Taskforce to devise safety protocols and Continuation of Learning Plans to meet the needs of all students in each defined phase.  The Taskforce includes representation from all facets of our learning community to help construct plans that will best serve our students, staff, and families regardless of the phase we are assigned.

The Taskforce has devised six committees that are focusing on:

  • Curriculum, Training, & Technology
  • Facilities & Resources
  • Learning Supports
  • Transportation & Nutrition
  • Regulations & Communication
  • Social-Emotional Wellbeing

The full Taskforce has reconvened with details assembled for the final construction of district plans for each phase.  This work will progress quickly and will allow the district to provide clear plans to staff and families in early August to prepare for the upcoming school year.  Details of the Return to Learn Taskforce efforts and Continuation of Learning plans in each defined phase will be made available on this page as the Taskforce work progresses.

Return to Learn Details

About the Return to Learn Taskforce

Our Purpose

The Return to Learn Task Force will work to identify best practices for the MAPS District Continuation of Learning Plans outlined for each learning phase defined by the State of Michigan. 

The Taskforce will provide recommendations for constructing high-quality learning plans that will best serve our students, staff, and families in each phase of learning.

Our Directives

The guidelines we will use to devise our District plans are informed by:

  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • The State of Michigan/Governor Gretchen Whitmer COVID-19 Task Force on Education Return to School Advisory Council
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan District #10 Health Department Manistee Intermediate School District
  • Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
  • General Education Leadership Network

Our Tasks

  • Understand the provided parameters under which the plans must be developed
  • Each committee will learn about assigned focus areas in order to provide direction relevant for the plans we are creating
  • Submit feedback to the full Taskforce for the development of Continuation of Learning Plans by phase by July 23

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below we are providing answers to questions that have been asked.  We may not have all of the answers about the upcoming school year until more information is made available from Federal, State, and local authorities, but please know that we are committed to sharing information with you as decisions and plans are able to be made. Your patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated as we work through this process.

 

Return to School

Will my student be able to return to school in the fall?

Guidance was provided by the State of Michigan regarding a safe and equitable return to learning, outlined in four defined phases.  The MI Safe Schools plan outlines safety requirements and recommendations for school districts to use in structuring Continuation of Learning Plans for each phase.  MAPS will provide instruction following the phases outlined:

MI Safe Start Phases 1-3 – No in-person instruction, remote learning only

MI Safe Start Phases 4-5 – In-person instruction permitted with required safety protocols, optional online learning also available

MI Safe Start Phase 6 – Open for in-person instruction traditional schedule, minimal protocols

School districts must follow the lowest phase in any region which the district serves a student population.  MAPS serves students in both Regions 6 & 2.  As of July 27th, Region 6 is in phase 5 and Region 2 is in phase 4. The phase that our regions are assigned at the beginning of the school year will determine which phase of learning will begin on September 1st, our first day of school. 

Who decides if we go back to school and what the regulations should be?

Many of the decisions we make regarding a safe and equitable return to learning are guided by directives from Federal, State, and local authorities.  School districts follow the regulations and guidance from the following:

  • U.S. Department of Education
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • The State of Michigan/Governor Gretchen Whitmer COVID-19 Task Force on Education Return to School Advisory Council
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Michigan District #10 Health Department Manistee Intermediate School District
  • Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
  • General Education Leadership Network

In-Person Learning

What will a typical day of in-person learning be like for my student in Kindergarten through 5th grade?

Students will arrive at school and will be directed to their classrooms, students will remain in their classrooms for the day, with their class groups/cohorts to reduce potential exposure.  Students will be receiving traditional instruction with our established curriculum, materials, and resources but will also be using an online blended learning platform.  This will allow them to become familiar with the online curriculum.  Specials, such as art or music, will also be happening in their classrooms.  The teaching staff will rotate so that the students do not have to.  Lunch will also be provided in the classrooms.  Students will have opportunities for recess and outdoor learning that will provide breaks during the day to remove their masks and get some fresh air outside of their classroom setting.  Masks will be worn in all indoor spaces and during transportation.

What will a typical day of in-person learning be like for my student in grades 6 through 12?

Students will arrive on campus and will be directed to their first period classrooms.  Students will be receiving traditional instruction with our established curriculum, materials, and resources but will also be using an online blended learning platform for each of their classes.  This will allow them to become familiar with the online curriculum.  Students will be grouped in cohorts to the extent they are able based upon their schedules.  Lunch will be scheduled to reduce congregating.  Students will have opportunities for outdoor learning that will provide breaks during the day to remove their masks and get some fresh air. Masks will be worn in all indoor spaces and during transportation.

If the students are learning online in class, why shouldn’t they just stay home?

Students returning to in-person learning, will be learning in a traditional manner following our primary curriculum.  They will work hands-on with their teacher(s) and collaboratively with their peers.  They will also have access to the online curriculum through Accelerate, which will offer learning extension opportunities or practice opportunities.  The benefit to the blended learning platform is to provide our students and teachers a way to manage their educational activities online using their district provided devices which allows for continuity of learning should we have to return to at-home learning.

What happens if we are downgraded to phase 3 or lower?

Phases 1-3 require the closure of school buildings.  If we are downgraded, we will return to at-home, distance learning.  However, this year the distance learning protocol will follow our online blended learning curriculum.  Student participation will be tracked and recorded daily and assignments will be handed in and graded.

Should we enter phases 1-3 and distance learning is again required, it is important to understand that this will look very different than our at-home learning experience in the spring.  Our new tools will allow for tracking attendance, direct engagement, submission of assignments, and grading.

Building Safety Procedures

What safety protocols or procedures will be in place for the return to in-person learning?

Phases 4-6 allow for in-person instruction, however in phases 4 and 5 in-person instruction requires safety protocols to be followed for the protection of all individuals that enter district buildings.  The MAPS District will be following the State guidelines and will be regularly in contact with the District #10 Health Department to ensure compliance with identified best practices.  Safety protocols include, but are not limited to:

  • Students must be screened at-home. Families must monitor for symptoms and check students’ temperature at home each morning.  Students with a temperature of 100.4 or greater must stay home and consider coronavirus testing.
  • Staff and approved visitors to district facilities will be screened using health questionnaires.
  • Any individual that shows or complains of symptoms or has a temperature 100.4 or greater will be escorted to a designated quarantine area to facilitate next steps guided by the District #10 Health Department.
  • Any student or staff member sent home will be recommended for testing and will need to stay home until they have either tested negative or have been release from isolation according to CDC guidelines.
  • All students (over the age of 3) and all staff will be required to wear face masks in indoor spaces as required by State Order 2020-164.
  • Social distancing will be achieved to the extent able by creating student cohorts, limiting class capacity, scheduling staggered passing times by grade level, and spacing lunch schedules.
  • Lockers will not be shared. Students will need to limit their belongings and keep all items with them throughout the day.
  • Hygiene stations will be available throughout the buildings and in classrooms. Students and staff will be encouraged to follow standard hygiene protocols.
  • Cleaning Protocols
    • Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected at least every 4 hours.
    • Student desks will be disinfected between classes.
    • Any shared space learning areas will be disinfected between groups.
    • Handheld playground equipment will be disinfected after each class use.
What if I am not comfortable with my student wearing a mask in class?

Currently, Michigan Executive Order 2020-153 requires facial covering in all public indoor spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.  Additionally, in phases 4 and 5 of the MI Safe Schools plan, mask wearing is required or strongly recommended.  The protection of the health of our students and staff is our first priority.  Our decision making with regard to safety is to take every precaution to reduce exposure for all individuals in our district.

Health Tracking & Procedures

Will student temperatures be taken?

Student temperatures will be required to be taken and symptoms monitored from home each school day.  Families will be responsible for deciding if a student should be attending school based upon at-home monitoring each day.  Should your student present with a fever 100.4 or above, they should be kept home, monitored for symptoms, and considered for testing.  Your student’s doctor should provide direction.

Should all students get tested for COVID-19 prior to starting school?

No, the COVID-19 test only indicates the presence of the virus the moment the test is taken.

If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in the district, will school be shut down?

MAPS district will closely follow the guidelines provided by the State of Michigan, District #10 Health Department, and the CDC with regard to COVID-19 exposure protocols.  At this time, we understand the procedure is to notify families with students who may have spent more than 15 minutes less than 6 feet in close proximity to the student or staff member so that they are able to monitor for symptoms and quarantine at home for 14 days.  School closures will be directed by state and local authorities.  The names of infected individuals will be protected information.

If a student has an illness that is not COVID-19, like a cold, does that child still have to be out of school until they are 72 hours fever free?

If the student is experiencing any COVID-19-related symptoms, they should not attend school.  They should contact their regular medical provider to be tested for COVID-19.  If they test negative for COVID-19, then they can return after 24 hours without a fever.

Will students be allowed additional absences if they need to quarantine for a period of time?

By State law, the District is required to follow Compulsory School Attendance Policies.  Should a student need to stay home in order to self-isolate or quarantine, the blended learning platform has the flexibility to allow for a student to participate in schoolwork following the online learning schedule, should their health status allow them to participate.

What metrics will MAPS use to determine whether or not to close down in-person learning?

MAPS will be following state directives regarding the phased MI Safe Schools plan and the District #10 Health Department guidelines for school closure. Please see links to both of the guideline documents below:

MI Safe Schools: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/whitmer/MI_Safe_Schools_Roadmap_FINAL_695392_7.pdf 

District #10 Health Department guidelines: https://chipslead.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SchoolHandout_Updated-7-30-20.pdf  

In-Person Movement & Access

How will safety precautions be managed on the bus?

Bussing routes will be planned to reduce the number of students riding to the extent possible, hand sanitizer will be used upon boarding, seating will be assigned, face masks will be required, and the busses will be sanitized between routes.

Where will my student be eating lunch?

K-5 – Students will remain in one classroom for the day and lunch will be served in classrooms. 

6-12 – Students will move from class to class through their daily schedule and lunch will be scheduled in shifts to allow for distancing, students will likely be directed to eat in their designated classrooms once they obtain their food in order to reduce congregating.

Will my student share a locker this year?

Lockers will not be shared.  Students will need to limit their belongings and keep all items with them throughout the day when lockers cannot be provided to every student.

How will recess be managed?

Students will still be able to enjoy outdoor time and fresh air.  While outdoors, students will have an opportunity to go without their masks.  Students in grades K-5 will be staying with their classroom cohorts throughout the day.  Recess schedules will be managed so that each cohort will be having recess together.  This will limit the number of students out a recess at one time.

Will I be able to volunteer in my student’s classroom?

During phases 1- 5 the directive from the State is to restrict family members or guests from district buildings.  Visitors are only allowed under extenuating circumstances until we have reached phase 6.

Participation in Activities

Will my student(s) be able to participate in athletics or other extracurricular activities?

In phases 1-3 athletics and extracurricular activities will be prohibited.  In phases 4 & 5, athletics and extracurricular activities may be restricted particularly when social distancing cannot be achieved.  MAPS will comply with guidance provided by MHSAA and NFHS. 

When activities are allowed:

  • Hygiene protocols will be strictly followed
  • Equipment and frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized between uses
  • Facial coverings will be required during transportation
  • Spectators will be limited by number gathering and will be required to use masks and maintain 6-feet of social distance
  • Water bottles will not be shared and drinking fountains will be disabled
  • Unnecessary contact will be avoided
Can a student participating in online learning also participate in athletics and other school activities?

Yes.  MAPS students enrolled in our online learning option will be eligible to participate in any extracurricular school activities they choose.

MHSAA is allowing participation for online learners, as long as they are working towards MAPS graduation credits. MHSSA Guidelines: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uR_cJNNMfQrSWe8b-_hza5-o5KIwVGng/view 

Will my student be able to participate in enrichment activities such as band?

Band and opportunities such as athletics, that allow for social distancing, will be allowed should we be able to begin the school year in phase 4 or above. Please know that all students enrolled in the MAPS district, for either in-person or online learning, will be eligible for participation in any active extracurricular opportunities.

Online Learning

What if we are not comfortable sending our student(s) to school for in-person learning?

Recognizing that COVID-19 has created significant challenges or concerns regarding the return to in-person learning for some individuals, MAPS families are provided the option to choose online learning for their students.  Our blended learning platform provides a level of instruction and learning expectations that will be equal to a traditional school environment.  Attendance will be recorded, and assignments will be turned in and graded.

The online learning option must be selected no later than August 10th.  Any student enrolled in this option must stay committed to exclusive online learning through the end of one marking period (9 weeks) barring extenuating circumstances.  See link to survey at the top of the Return to Learn page.

Internet connectivity will be required for the online blended learning platform.  Understanding that some students do not have access to internet connectivity at home, the District is currently researching connectivity options to help support those families without connectivity for the use of district provided iPads or laptops only.

Will the online learning option be like distance learning was last spring?

No. Last spring all school districts had to adapt to a distance learning with little preparation.  The goal was to provide opportunity for skills retention through activities and assignments.  Attendance and participation were encouraged, and grades were credit or no credit.  Those students participating in the online learning option this fall will work from a platform that requires participation in scheduled learning based upon grade appropriate curriculum.  Attendance will be recorded, and assignments will be turned in and graded.

If my student participates in online learning will he/she have an assigned teacher(s)?

Yes.  Every student enrolled in MAPS online learning will have a class schedule with assigned teachers that are employed by the MAPS District, just as they would have with in-person scheduling.  Teachers will be engaging with online learners and families to provide support and feedback.

What will a typical day of online learning be like for my student?

Planning is still underway, but this is what we have planned as of right now.  Your student will be following a 5-day learning schedule define by their teacher(s).  They will be expected to login each day to be counted for attendance and will be guided to follow the learning curriculum provided.  They will have opportunities to ask questions and receive support from teachers and para-pros.  Instructions will be made available daily for following the classwork, assignments will have due dates, and grades and feedback will be provided.

More information about schedules and training opportunities will be available as we approach the beginning of the school year to help students and their families learn about how the online platform works.

How will teachers will provide instruction through the online platform?

The online curriculum will be offered on the Accelerate platform. This will be the same curriculum students learning in-person will be following. Students will login to receive assignments. Learning will allow for flexibility in pace and schedule. Teachers will be able to make pre-recorded videos to assist as an enhancement to the learning units. There may be opportunities for using Google Meet for interactions, but this will not be a required standard within the curriculum.

Google Meet is the District approved platform allowing for teacher led video interaction opportunities. Our District policy requires a teacher to be present for any video conferencing opportunities.

Is there an opportunity to preview the online platform?

We are planning training opportunities for students and families for the Canvas and Accelerate platforms. Although these events will likely occur after the 10th, please know that you are not required to make a final decision regarding your choice for online or in-person learning before the 10th. Our deadline of the 10th is for collecting information regarding families’ interest in one option over another. This is for the purpose of general planning. Should you learn more about the online option and decide that in-person will be a better choice for you, that is allowed. You can learn more about each of the platforms at the links below:

Canvas: https://www.instructure.com/canvas/ 

Accelerate: https://accelerate.education 

Have a question we have not answered here? 

Submit your question via email to: returntolearn@manistee.org

Summer Care Program

Summer Care will be offered for students age 5-12 years old at Madison Community Learning Center.  Care is available Monday through Friday 7:45 am to 3:30 pm.  The cost is $25 a day or $120 a week and will begin on June 15th.  Please register before Friday, June 12.  Registration is required before a child will be able to attend the first day.  For more information and to register call 231-398-3758, or email sludwig@manistee.org.

All District buildings remain closed based upon statewide directive for school closure. Building entry remains restricted to those designated as essential workers.  

Some outdoor activities, coaching, athletic practices, and aquatic center use can resume on a limited basis following strict guidelines. More information about these activities can be found on our Athletics page and the Paine Aquatic Center page of this website.  

All other closure directives will be in place until the state order for school districts has been adapted.

We continue to stay informed about parameters for fall planning and will continue to update you as more details become available, please watch your email and this website for updates.

In an effort to help our student and families, we have created a resources page that will be regularly updated with information and links to assist in many ways. Click the Family Resource button below.

Summer Food Service Program

Michigan Department of Education Office of School Support Services

Manistee Area Public Schools announce the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below:

Manistee High School
525 Twelfth St.
Manistee, MI  49660

Breakfast & Lunch Monday-Thursday (On Thursday we will have available Breakfast & Lunch for Friday, Saturday & Sunday too!)

July 1 through Aug. 16 (11:00am-12:00pm)

Please pull through the Student Drop off area, stay in your vehicle and we will bring the number of meals needed to you! Grab & Go style!!

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Non-discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  ********************************************

 

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 relating to COVID.
  • 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.

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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Talking to Your Students

We understand that this can be a confusing and stressful time for our students. The following steps can be taken to assist them in managing fears regarding the COVID-19 virus:

  • Listen for students who describe:  fatigue, insomnia, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, decreased appetite, increased startle response, day/night routine is “off”.
  • The following steps are provided to guide conversation are adapted from “Stress in Children: Strategies for Educators” from the National Association of School Psychologists.
    • Introduce & explain:
      • Be sure to mention that this is not a common event.  
    • Provide facts and dispel rumors:
      • Ask children what they know, and then provide facts.
    • Connecting common experience:
      • Ask kids to talk about their feelings; connect to other times the child has felt this way.
    • Confirm common reactions:
      • It is ok to feel scared or worried.  
    • Project a probable future:
      • Let kids know that with time, for most people, feelings of being scared or worried will be less over time.
    • Closing:
      • Reassure students they are safe, and adults responsible have a plan in place.  Be positive about how we can all work together to solve the problem.

As of 3 pm on Wednesday, March 18, Centra Wellness offices will be closed to all non-crisis service-related services. They will have 24 hour/ 7 days a week crisis services available and you can still come into the office if it is crisis related. You can call 877.398.2013 to contact your provider, cancel 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 Programming Calendar

 

Questions & Answers

Will food still be available for students on weekdays?

Yes. This program will continue. Any family in the Manistee community with students 18 and younger are welcome to come to the Manistee Middle High School from 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to pick up bagged breakfast and bagged lunch meals free of charge. Those interested are directed to pull through the designated pick-up/drop-off lane at the main building entrance. Food services representatives will meet vehicles curbside with bagged meals for the number of student meals needed. Friday food service will also provide meals to feed students through the weekend.

These meals will be provided following the nutritional requirements of our Summer Feeding Program and will consist of cold food items including an entrée, vegetable, fruit, and milk with each meal. Hot food will not be made available during this time, due to time and temperature safety requirements for foods served. Meals are able to be picked up by friends, family, or neighbors for students that are not able to be present. 

Summer feeding program begins July 1st.

Manistee Area Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below:

Manistee High School: 525 12th St., Manistee, MI 49660                                              

Breakfast & Lunch Monday-Thursday

   On Thursday we will have available Breakfast & Lunch for Friday, Saturday & Sunday too!

July 1st.-Aug. 16 (11:00am-12:00pm)                        

Please pull through the Student Drop off area, stay in your vehicle and we will bring the number of meals needed to you! Grab & Go style!!

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Non-discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.  ********************************************

 

 

 

 

Will my students iPad or laptop need to be returned at the end of the school year?

All district issued iPads and laptops were to be returned between June 8 and June 12 to Manistee Middle High School at 525 12th Street.

If you were unable to drop off the device during the specified time, please call and leave a message at 231-398-3669. MAPS staff will respond and find a solution for getting the device.  If we do not hear from you and the device was not returned by June 12, the student will be assessed a fee of $5/day; after three weeks, missing equipment may be referred to the police as stolen.

 

Can I still order a yearbook?
We’re still publishing the 2019-2020 high school yearbook despite the school closure. You can still order online by clicking here. 2019-2020 high school yearbooks will be shipped directly to you at no additional cost if you order by June 5th. This has never been possible before, but our publisher (Tree Ring) has made special arrangements due to COVID-19.
 
What does this mean for you?
  1. You will not have to pick up your student’s yearbook at MMHS in September when we normally distribute them.
  2. When you order online you will be asked to provide a shipping address. When the yearbook is published (after June 5th), you will receive your yearbook in the mail from Tree Ring in mid-July (weeks earlier than usual)!
  3. The price of our yearbook has not changed. You may notice a shipping cost included as part of your total—PLEASE UNDERSTAND: you are not being charged for shipping. Our yearbook program is absorbing all additional shipping costs.
  4. Anyone who previously ordered a yearbook earlier in the school year (online or offline), will ALSO have that yearbook shipped home at no additional cost! You can verify or update your mailing address for a previous order with Ms. Starmann (hstarmann@manistee.org), or log in to Tree Ring to verify and update the information yourself using these instructions.

If you are unable to order online, or need assistance, please contact Ms. Starmann at hstarmann@manistee.org. Click here for more details.

When will the 2020/21 school year begin?

The district has received a waiver allowing for a pre-Labor Day start to the 2020/21 school year.  The first day of school is planned for Tuesday, September 1st, with a 4-day weekend planned in observance of Labor Day.

We are in regular contact with federal, state and local authorities to stay informed about parameter for planning for the next school year.  We are as anxious as you are to understand what school year will look like beginning in the fall.  We will continue to update you as more details become available about the end of this school year and the beginning of the next school year.  

Will the pool reopen?

The Paine Aquatic Center is opening with some restrictions still in place. Please see the Paine Aquatic Center page of this website for the most recent updates.

What is the recommended amount of time to be spent on learning each day?

The following are guidelines for how much time should be committed to learning each day. We understand that it is not realistic for us to expect that students can accomplish as much in a day as they could if they were in a regular school setting.

Grade

Minimum

Maximum

Reading

PreK

20 minutes/day

60 minutes/day

20 minute/day

K

30 minutes/day

75 minutes/day

20 minutes/day

1-2

45 minutes/day

90 minutes/day

30 minutes/day

3-5

60 minutes/day

120 minutes/day

30 minutes/day

6-8

Class: 15 min/class/day Total: 90 min per day

Class:  30 min/day

Total: 180 min/day

30 minutes/day

9-12

Class: 20 min/class/day

Total: 120 min/day

Class:  40 min/class/day

Total: 240 min/class/day

30 minutes/day

What happens if my student is not able to do schoolwork online?

Both online and offline materials will be prepared to meet the needs of our students. Under the order students and families will not be penalized for an inability to participate in the continuity of learning plan, although every effort will be made to provide materials and support for them to do so.

If WI-FI access is an issue, and you live in the service area of Spectrum Internet, they will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Learning Resource Links

We have put together a list of resources providing learn at home options for practice. We will continue to expend this list as we identify additional opportunities. We felt these were some of the best quality resources for parents/students to access for free and with ease.

FREE Internet Access

Spectrum Internet will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

I XL Logo IXL – www.ixl.com   Math, ELA, Science, and SS, educational opportunities. 

NatGeoKids Logo Nat Geo for Kids –https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/  Learn all about geography and fascinating animals.

Epic! Logo EPIC – https://www.getepic.com/  Instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more

ABCYa logo ABCYA – https://www.abcya.com/  Over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK-6. The educational activities cover Math, ELA, and more. 

Storyline Online Logo Storyline Online – https://www.storylineonline.net/  Some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars!

SumDog Logo SumDog – https://www.sumdog.com/parent/sign_up  Fun math practice!

StudyLadder Logo Studyladder – https://www.studyladder.com/account/new-parent-signup?t=parent&r=  Mathematics, English, Science and more online educational activities for students aged 4 to 12, mapped to the curriculum.

BookFlix Logo BookFlix – https://digital.scholastic.com/resources/slp/#/login?productCode=bkflix&ucn=642726498  Use the username and password below to access digital books for students in grade K-3. 

Username: Learning20

Password: Clifford

MobyMax Logo MobyMax – https://www.mobymax.com/  Digital lessons in Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies.

Science Buddies Logo Science Buddies – https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/science-projects#browse  Science projects, experiments, and more!

Scholastic logo Scholastic Learn at Home – https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html  Daily learning experiences for all grades! 

Study Island logo Study Island – https://home.studyisland.com/purchase/select-product  Follow these steps for free content practice:

  1. Visit https://home.studyisland.com-product
  2. Select Your state
  3. Select Billing type as Annual
  4. Select Subscription as Single license
  5. Select Subject as All Available Subjects
  6. Enter promo code: EdmentumSupport2020

Khan Academy Logo Khan Academy – www.khanacademy.org  Free online courses, lesson plans, and assessment practice.

Science Journal Logo Science Journal for Kids and Teens – https://sciencejournalforkids.org/  Hundreds of scientific articles. Written for kids. Approved by scientists.

CK-12 Logo ck-12 – https://www.ck12.org/student/  Interactive digital content and textbooks

I XL Logo IXL – www.ixl.com  Math, ELA, Science, and SS, educational opportunities. 

Science Buddies Logo Science Buddies – https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/science-projects#browse  Science projects, experiments, and more!

Scholastic logo  Scholastic Learn at Home – https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html  Daily learning experiences for all grades!

Study Island logo Study Island – https://home.studyisland.com/purchase/select-product  Follow these steps for free content practice:

  1. Visit https://home.studyisland.com-product
  2. Select Your state
  3. Select Billing type as Annual
  4. Select Subscription as Single license
  5. Select Subject as All Available Subjects
  6. Enter promo code: EdmentumSupport2020

Virtual Field Trip logo Virtual Field Trips – https://www.virtualfieldtrips.org/  Explore the world from home!

Scholastic logo Scholastic, Learning about Coronavirus – https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/coronavirus.html  This website provides articles and resources for talking with your child about the Coronavirus and how to prevent germs from spreading. The resources are grade level appropriate. 

M-Step Logo M-STEP Practice Assessments – https://wbte.drcedirect.com/MI/portals/mi/ott1?index=1&adminId=523077&displayOTT=M-STEP+-+OTTS&display=M-STEP

Khan Academy Logo PSAT and SAT – https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

Get In Touch

Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660

Central Office

Telephone: (231) 723-3521