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 Protocol Update 4/28/22

April 28, 2022

Dear MAPS Families & Staff,

The MAPS Board of Education have updated the COVID-19 protocols as of Wednesday April 27. The new protocols we will be following are outlined below.

The protocols are based upon two levels of contact:

High-Intensity Contact– contacts at higher risk of contact to airway secretions; their relationship to the person contagious with COVID-19 could include anyone living in the same house (family member, roommate, partner), anyone sleeping in same room (friend, partner), anyone they have had full bodily contact (friends, partners, certain athletics), contact with bodily secretions (intimate partners, kissing, sharing water bottles/food, sharing towels, cleaning up tissues)

Low-Intensity Contact – contacts at lower risk of contact to airway secretions. Their relationship to the person contagious with COVID-19 do not include any of the risks listed for the high-intensity but otherwise meet the definition of close contact below.

Close Contact - Someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period

NEW COVID PROTOCOLS

Review the instructions below to determine which protocol suits your circumstance:

#1 When an individual has symptoms of COVID-19 and has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Stay home until:
    • At least 5 days have passed since symptoms started AND you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours AND your symptoms are improving
    • Notify the school that you have tested positive
    • Report any high-intensity contacts that attend school

Return to school after isolating for a minimum of 5 days (return on day 6) AND when fever free and no longer symptomatic. Wear a well-fitting mask days 6 through 10.

#2 When an individual does not have symptoms of COVID-19 and has tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Stay home until:
    • At least 5 days have passed since the day of your positive test
    • If you start to have symptoms, follow instructions for protocol #1
    • Notify the school that you have tested positive
    • Report any high-intensity contacts that attend school

If no symptoms develop, return to school after isolating for a minimum of 5 days (return on day 6). Wear a well-fitting mask days 6 through 10.

#3 When an individual has symptoms of COVID-19, but has not tested and did not see healthcare provider:

  • Stay home until:
    • At least 5 days have passed since symptoms started AND you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours AND your symptoms are improving
    • Notify the school that you are sick and the symptoms you are having
    • Consider reporting any high-intensity contacts

Return to school after isolating for a minimum of 5 days (return on day 6) AND when fever free and no longer symptomatic. Wear a well-fitting mask days 6 through 10.

#4 When an individual has symptoms of COVID-19 and has tested negative or has been diagnosed with something else by a healthcare provider:

  • Stay home until:
    • Until you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours AND you have felt better for at least 24 hours (depending on your diagnosis and healthcare provider instructions)
    • Notify the school that you are sick and the symptoms you are having and any diagnosis you have received
    • When returning to school, follow current COVID-19 recommendations

#5 When an individual has had high-intensity contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 10-14 days and is NOT up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations AND has not tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days:

  • Stay home until at least 5 days have passed since exposure to the person with COVID-19
  • Return to school after isolating for a minimum of 5 days (return on day 6)
  • Wear a well-fitting mask days 6 through 10
  • It is recommended to get a COVID-19 test around day 5
  • If you develop symptoms or test positive, see protocol #1 or #2

#6 When an individual has had high-intensity contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 10-14 days and

IS up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations OR has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days:

  • No need for quarantine
  • Monitor closely for symptoms
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days from the last date of contact with someone with COVID-19
  • It is recommended to get a COVID-19 test around day 5
  • If you develop symptoms or test positive, see protocol #1 or #2

#7 When an individual has had low-intensity contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 10-14 days:

  • No need for quarantine
  • Monitor closely for symptoms
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days from the last date of contact with someone with COVID-19
  • It is recommended to get a COVID-19 test around day 5
  • If you develop symptoms or test positive, see protocol #1 or #2

We remain in contact with District #10 Health Department to stay informed of COVID-19 concerns within our community and will stay focused on the protection of our students and staff.  Together we can work to keep the virus at bay.

Sincerely,

Ron Stoneman, Superintendent

Manistee Area Public Schools

 

School Day Start/End Times & Academic Dates

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

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: 7:50 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: 7:55 am
Kennedy:  7:35am 
MMHS: 7:50am 

START TIME:
Jefferson: 8:05 am
Kennedy:  7:45am
MMHS: 8:00am

END TIME:
Jefferson: 11:40 pm
Kennedy:  11:10pm
MMHS: 11:15pm

SUMMER FOOD SERVICE

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.  Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below:

Congregate Meals Provided for children at the following sites:

Manistee High School                                         Jefferson Elementary

525 Twelfth St.                                                                                        515 Bryant Ave.
Manistee, MI 49660                                                                               Manistee, MI  49660

Breakfast & Lunch:   Mon.-Thurs.                                                        Breakfast & Lunch:   Mon.-Friday
June 7-August 11                                                                                    June 7 - August 11                                                                                         
Breakfast served 7:45am-8:30am                                                       Breakfast Served 7:45am-8:15am
Lunch served 11:30am-12:30pm                                                         Lunch Served 11:30am-12:30pm

NO SERVICE DURING THE WEEK OF  JULY  4                                 SERVICE DURING THE WEEK OF JULY 4 / CLOSED ON JULY 4   

UPDATE 7-12-22: We have been informed that President Biden has signed a bipartisan bill into law allowing a 3-month extension of free universal school meals with critical waivers that include the ability to offer FREE Grab & Go Summer meals for 7 days a week, up until the first day of school. 

MAPS Nutrition Services will participate to help our families with the high cost of food. 

Our Grab & Go program will begin on Monday July 18 and will continue through Monday, August 22:

  • We will offer pick up of a 7-day pack of breakfast & lunch on Mondays between 1pm-2pm at MMHS in the drop-off lane. 
  • If you are a family with student(s) participating in Summer School and eating meals at school, you can request a 2-day pack available for pickup at the same time as above, for weekend meals. Please contact Keri Carlson at kcarlson@manistee.org to place your order for these weekend meals for your Summer School student(s).
  • All children 18 & younger may participate and those up to 26 years of age enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency.

All Details of our Summer Feeding Program and menus available on our Nutrition Services page.

 

Jefferson exterior

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.”

Mother holding child

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

 

Students hands reaching together

“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.

Get In Touch

Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660

Central Office

Telephone: (231) 723-3521