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.

We have received a request from the Manistee City Police Department asking us to remind families of the importance of students following the state mandated “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. The police are seeing far too many cars full of students driving around and gathering in public spaces. Our students need to be reminded that the order also applies to them and that they are not excluded from the danger of transmitting this highly contagious and dangerous virus.  Please help us to keep them safe.

Personal Item Pick Up

We have made arrangements with each of the school buildings for the collection of personal items left behind by our students.  Janitorial and administrative staff will be collecting personal belongings from lockers and classrooms, bagging and marking those items and making them available to families during times scheduled below.  If you are unable to pick up your items during these times, please reach out to your student’s teacher so that we are able to make alternative arrangements.

Jefferson Elementary The pick-up lane will be staged in the parking lot. Please remain in your car and a staff member will approach you for the name(s) of your student(s).  Please note: The school grounds will remain closed to all other activity including the playground.

June 2 through June 4 grade levels will be allowed to pick-up on their designated day with two shifts each day from 9:00 am until noon and noon until 3:00.

June 2:  2nd Grade (Brown & Bradford – am) (Tomaszewski & DeJong – pm)
June 3:  1st Grade (Erdman & Wilson – am) (Forward & Johnson – pm)
June 4:  Kindergarten (Lundberg & Veine – am) (Slawinski & Adams – pm)
3pm-6pm evening hours for all grades w/ custodian (June 4 only)
  June 5:  Any/all grades 9am-1pm

Kennedy Elementary

Families will pull up to the main entrance of Kennedy along 6th Street.  Please remain in your vehicle and staff will approach you to learn the name(s) of your student(s).  The items will be retrieved by staff members and brought to your vehicle.

Pickup times on each of the days below are: 9:00 am until noon & 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm

June 2 – 5th grade & siblings in 3rd or 4th gr
June 3 – 4th grade & siblings in 3rd or 5th gr
June 4 – 3rd grade & siblings in 4th or 5th gr
June 5 – 9:00 am until 1:00 pm for all grades

Manistee Middle High School

Pull up to main entrance along drop-off drive to designated area.  Remain in your vehicle and a staff member will approach your vehicle to learn the name(s) and/or locker number(s) of your student(s).  The items will be brought to your vehicle.  If your student shared a locker you made need to sort on a table provided.

Pickup times on each of the days below are: 9:00 am until 11:00 am & 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. PLEASE do not come between 11:00 am and noon, as this is our time for community meal distribution.

June 2 – 6th/7th grades
June 3 – 8th/9th grades
June 4 & 5 – 10th/11th/12th grades

All District buildings will be closed due to a statewide directive for school closure, beginning the end of the school day Friday, March 13 extended through the end of the 2019/20 school year.  

Please understand that the closure impacts all district resources. Building entry will be strictly prohibited, which will include access to all interior and exterior athletic facilities. No activities, no coaching, no practices, no games, nor inside or outside use of facilities will be allowed at this time. This directive will be in place until the state order is lifted.

Food Services During School Closure

Manistee Area Public Schools Food Services Team working in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education will continue to provide the Grab & Go nutrition program available to all students of our community ages 18 and under through June 30th.  We are currently awaiting details regarding the Summer Feeding Program that is anticipated to follow the current nutrition program beginning in July and will provide an update once the details are finalized. 

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 for students that are not able to be present. 

We are continually seeking ways to support our MAPS students and families and are grateful for this opportunity to serve our community by providing expanded food services. This essential nutrition program is made possible in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Education and the kindness of our dedicated food services staff that will serve our students through this unplanned school closure.

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.  Priscilla Anglemyer from Northwest Michigan Health Services can be reached by calling ­­­­­­­­231-655-3867 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. 

 

You are Invited to Virtual Play Group!

During the month of May the Great Start Collaborative has scheduled daily activities to help families reconnect virtually.  Click the button below to view their calendar filled with fun ways for kids and their parents to interact online.

Questions & Answers

Has the 2019/20 school year ended?

No. On April 2, 2020 Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order calling for all school buildings to remain closed through the remainder of the school year.  However, this does not end our school year. MAPS is working on a Continuity of Learning plan and will be providing materials and resources for remote learning for all students through the remainder of the school year.  Our last day of the school year is planned for June 5th barring unforeseen circumstances.

We have been working with state and local educational organizations to identify pathways for providing instruction supportive of continued learning and skills retention through both online and offline resources. 

We are aiming for distance learning to begin on a target date of April 13th but not later than April 28, 2020. You should expect to hear from your student’s teacher regarding the details of the learning program.

Will my student be provided with at-home learning resources?

4/8/20

We are working hard to prepare at-home learning guidelines and resources to be provided through the remainder of the 2019/20 school year.  In order to meet the needs of all students, these guidelines can be provided through both online and offline resources. 

Our teachers will be reaching out again this week to check-in with your student.  Please anticipate a phone call which may show on caller ID as an out-of-state call due to the remote use of our district telephones.  During this call we encourage you to share any needs or concerns you may have with your student’s teacher so that we are able to create an at-home plan that works for your family. 

During the week of April 13th, teachers will continue to engage with students through telephone calls, email, SeeSaw, Moodle, or Google Classroom, depending upon the platform used by their teacher(s).  Please be sure encourage your student stay in touch to see what teachers are making available for them.  You can assist by helping to create a workspace at home and scheduled time for learning.

Beginning April 20th, we will be providing MAPS students with weekly learning materials. More information about this effort will be shared in the coming days.

Is student learning required during the shutdown?

A structured learning experience has been outlined and begins Monday, April 20th.  Please know that we will be tracking student participation beginning Monday through the end of the school year on June 5th.  Grading will focus on the continuation of learning and will prioritize participation.  The focus on keeping children emotionally and physically safe, fed, and engaged in learning should be the first priority.

Based upon guidance of the Michigan Department of Education, grading from March 13th through the end of the school year placed emphasis on participation of schoolwork assigned, reviewed, and completed during distance learning and are marked as credit/no credit.  GPA is based upon grades obtained through the 3rd marking period of the 2019/20 school year, unless additional guidance is provided.  Please know that we strategized with state and local educational entities to identify this solution based upon the information we were provided due to the COVID-19 school closure.

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

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. 

Are sports and other activities cancelled?

Yes. All sports and extracurricular events and activities are cancelled through the end of the school year. This includes a ban on the use of ALL district facilities including all indoor and outdoor amenities for recreational purposes.

When can I pick up my student's personal belongings?

We have made arrangements with each of the school buildings for the collection of personal items left behind by our students.  Janitorial and administrative staff will be collecting personal belongings from lockers and classrooms, bagging and marking those items and making them available to families during times scheduled below.  If you are unable to pick up your items during these times, please reach out to your student’s teacher so that we are able to make alternative arrangements.

Jefferson Elementary

The pick-up lane will be staged in the parking lot. Please remain in your car and a staff member will approach you for the name(s) of your student(s).  Please note: The school grounds will remain closed to all other activity including the playground.

June 2 through June 4 grade levels will be allowed to pick-up on their designated day with two shifts each day from 9:00 am until noon and noon until 3:00.

June 2:  2nd Grade (Brown & Bradford – am) (Tomaszewski & DeJong – pm)  

June 3:  1st Grade (Erdman & Wilson – am) (Forward & Johnson – pm)

June 4:  Kindergarten (Lundberg & Veine – am) (Slawinski & Adams – pm)

3pm-6pm evening hours for all grades w/ custodian (June 4 only)

                   June 5:  Any/all grades 9am-1pm

Kennedy Elementary

Families will pull up to the main entrance of Kennedy along 6th Street.  Please remain in your vehicle and staff will approach you to learn the name(s) of your student(s).  The items will be retrieved by staff members and brought to your vehicle.

Pickup times on each of the days below are: 9:00 am until noon & 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm

June 2 – 5th grade & siblings in 3rd or 4th gr 

June 3 – 4th grade & siblings in 3rd or 5th gr 

June 4 – 3rd grade & siblings in 4th or 5th gr 

June 5 – 9:00 am until 1:00 pm for all grades

Manistee Middle High School

Pull up to main entrance along drop-off drive to designated area.  Remain in your vehicle and a staff member will approach your vehicle to learn the name(s) and/or locker number(s) of your student(s).  The items will be brought to your vehicle.  If your student shared a locker you made need to sort on a table provided.

Pickup times on each of the days below are: 9:00 am until 11:00 am & 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. PLEASE do not come between 11:00 am and noon, as this is our time for community meal distribution.

June 2 – 6th/7th grades

June 3 – 8th/9th grades

June 4 & 5 – 10th/11th/12th grades

 

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

All district issued iPads and laptops will need to be returned between June 8 and June 12 to Manistee Middle High School at 525 12th Street between the hours of 9:00 am to 11:00 am & 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm each day that week.  Please pull up outside of the east entrance to the Paine Aquatic Center and stay in your vehicle.  A staff member will approach your vehicle to retrieve your device(s) and record your name.

If you are 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 is 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.

 

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.

Will seniors graduate?
  • If you have all your credits and passed the third marking period, you are all set for graduation.
  • If you did not pass the third marking period for a required course:  Deadline was April 24 to complete these courses through working with teachers.  You are now expected to enroll in credit recovery.
  • If you have credits to make up:  Credit recovery courses must be completed by Wednesday, May 20 to ensure graduation on time.  After that, coursework must be completed by Sept. 1 to receive a 2020 diploma (per current policy).
  • If you are enrolled in a Michigan Virtual Course:  You have a deadline of May 8 to complete coursework if it is required or the credit is needed for graduation.
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

Will students advance to the next grade for the 2020/21 school year?

Students in grades kindergarten through 11th grade will advance to their next grade at the beginning of the next school year, as long as it is determined that they were on pace to advance based upon district and state requirements before the required closure. We will continue to communicate as we learn more regarding state directives for advancement and supports.

How will my student be graded?

Based upon guidance of the Michigan Department of Education, grading from March 13th through the end of the school year placed emphasis on participation of schoolwork assigned, reviewed, and completed during distance learning and are marked as credit/no credit.  GPA is based upon grades obtained through the 3rd marking period of the 2019/20 school year, unless additional guidance is provided.  Please know that we strategized with state and local educational entities to identify this solution based upon the information we were provided due to the COVID-19 school closure.

Will the school closure days have to be made up?

No. The days and hours requirement for instruction have been changed, the instructional time lost during the required closure will be forgiven, and the 75% attendance requirement will be waived. Our last day of the school year is planned for June 5th barring unforeseen circumstances.

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.  

What are the plans for testing?

Student Testing. State student assessment requirements have been waived for this school year. 

SAT Testing. Students will be given an opportunity in the fall to take the SAT and PSAT to make up for the state-funded college entrance exam they would have taken in March. 

AP Testing. College Board will be making an at-home testing option available for the students eligible for Advanced Placement testing. Information regarding the testing schedule and resources for those not able to administer online testing at home will be made available as information is provided to the district.

Are teachers and other school employees still being paid?

School employees, including teachers, will be paid through the end of the school year. They will continue to be an integral part of the support efforts for our students as we rise to the challenges before us.

Will the pool reopen?

Not at this time. The order includes a ban on the use of ALL district facilities including all indoor and outdoor amenities for recreational purposes.  The pool reopening will be announced once we are assured by state and local officials that we are safe to do so.

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
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  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:

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  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