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

Working with our Return to Learn Taskforce members, MAPS is developing training resources for families to become familiar with our Canvas online learning platform. Access this training by clicking the Canvas Training button below:

 

COVID-19 NOTIFICATION

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

 

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All Student Remote Learning Schedule

These schedules will be followed during the period of remote learning currently through December 8th.

 

Interactive Learning Time 

Grade Level

9:00-10:00

Jefferson 2nd Grade

9:30-10:30

Kennedy 4th Grade 

10:00-11:00

Jefferson Kindergarten 

10:30-11:30

Kennedy 3rd Grade

11:00-12:00

Jefferson 1st Grade

11:30-12:30 

Kennedy 5th Grade 

6th Grade

 

 

7th – 12th Grade

 

 

Period

Times

Min

Period

Times

Min

1st

  8:00 –   8:40

40

1st

  8:00 –   8:30

30

2nd

  8:50 –   9:30

40

2nd

  8:40 –   9:10 

30

3rd

  9:40 – 10:20

40

3rd

  9:20 –   9:50

30

4th

10:30 – 11:10

40

4th *

10:00 – 10:30

30

* MS Exploratory = academic work time or Band

11:20 – 11:50

30

5th *

10:40 – 11:10 

30

   

6th *

11:20 – 11:50  

30

December 1 Free Flu Shot Clinic

Food Service Program

With support from the United States Department of Agriculture and Michigan Department of Education, Manistee Area Public Schools is grateful to be able to extend free meals for all children 18 and younger in our Manistee community through the end of the 2020-2021 school year in June 2021.  Once funding is no longer available, our Food Service Department will return to the National School Lunch Program parameters for public school food service.

Throughout the 2020/21 school year, MAPS will be serving all in-person learners free breakfast and lunch every school day at each building in the district.  We will also be offering free Grab & Go meals Mondays and Thursdays at Manistee Middle High School at MMHS at 525 Twelfth Street from 9 am to 10 am.  This food service program is available to all MAPS online learners in addition to any Manistee community families with children 18 & younger and students with disabilities up to 26 years of age.

Grab & Go Food Service program details:

  • Grab & Go meal service will begin on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 8. Breakfast and lunch meals for 4 days will be served that day.
  • Beginning September 14, meals can be picked up Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Curbside pick-up will be available at the MMHS main entrance drive at the student drop off area.
  • Meals provided on Monday will be breakfast & lunch for 3 days.
  • Meals provided on Thursday will be breakfast & lunch for 4 days to provide meals through the weekends.
  • Families of in-person learners are also able to pick up 2 breakfast and 2 lunch meals for their students on Thursdays to provide food through the weekend, following the same pick up instructions above.
  • If a holiday, snow day or school day scheduled to be off occurs on a Monday, the meal pick up will be Tuesday.
  • If a holiday or school day scheduled to be off occurs on a Thursday, the meal pick up will be Wednesday.  (Example Thanksgiving)
  • If a snow day, or other closure, occurs on Thursday meal pick up will be Friday.

We are grateful for the ability to continue providing this important service for the children of our community through the funding support of Federal and State agencies.

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Health Precautions

Manistee Area Public Schools, in an effort to stay informed about the current state of concern regarding COVID-19, is working with local, state, a federal officials.  The links below provide the latest information from the District #10 Health Department, State of Michigan and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with preventative measures that we can all take to stay healthy.

Health Department Q&A

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below we are providing answers to questions that have been asked by MAPS families.  We may not have all of the answers to every question right now, 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

Who decides when school can be held in-person 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
Why do we have to commit to online or in-person learning for 9 weeks?

MAPS understands that it is important for many families that their students are taught by MAPS District teachers, therefore we have not chosen that route. We are asking for commitments now so that we are able to create class rosters for teachers, prior to beginning the school year, that will include both online and in-person students.  We believe that this will create the best possible experience for our students regardless if they choose to continue with online learning beyond the 9-week marking period, or not.  Having the same teacher throughout the school year should prove to provide consistency and stability for our learners.

What are the learning platforms that will be used this year?

MAPS K-12 students will be using the Canvas and Accelerate platforms for all forms of learning. Our online learners will use the same platform to provide for consistency.  You can learn more at the links below:

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

Accelerate: https://accelerate.education 

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. Teaching staff will rotate so that the students can stay in place. 
  • Lunch will also be provided in the classrooms. 
  • Masks will be worn in all indoor spaces and during transportation. 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.  
  • Bathroom breaks will be scheduled.
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 grade 6-8 will be grouped in cohorts to the extent they are able based upon their schedules. 
  • Lunch will be scheduled to reduce congregating. 
  • Masks will be worn in all indoor spaces and during transportation. Students will have opportunities for outdoor learning that will provide breaks during the day to remove their masks and get some fresh air. 
  • Grades 6-8 and 9-12 bathroom breaks will take place at different times with cleaning done in between.
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 Protocols
    • Supplies (paper towels, soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, trash receptacles) will be checked daily and restocked in classrooms.
    • Hygiene stations will be available throughout the buildings and in all classrooms.
    • Students and staff will be encouraged to follow standard hygiene protocols.
  • Cleaning & Air Quality Protocols
    • Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected at least every 4 hours.
    • Bathrooms will be disinfected after every group cohort use.
    • 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.
    • All classrooms will be provided spray bottles with EPA-approved disinfectant, paper towels, and gloves in order to address new cleaning protocols.
    • Custodial staff will walk the building wiping all high frequency usage areas at regularly scheduled times and following any evening activities in the building.
    • Outside air entering buildings has been increased through HVAC systems.
    • All filters in HVAC have been upgraded to MERV 13.
What cleaning & hygiene procedures will be in place?
  • Supplies (paper towels, soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, trash receptacles) will be checked daily and restocked in classrooms.

  • Hygiene stations will be available throughout the buildings and in all classrooms.

  • Students and staff will be encouraged to follow standard hygiene protocols.

  • Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected at least every 4 hours.

  • Bathrooms will be disinfected after every group cohort use.

  • 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.

  • All classrooms will be provided spray bottles with EPA-approved disinfectant, paper towels, and gloves in order to address new cleaning protocols.

  • Custodial staff will walk the building wiping all high frequency usage areas at regularly scheduled times and following any evening activities in the building.

  • Outside air entering buildings has been increased through HVAC systems.

  • All filters in HVAC have been upgraded to MERV 13.

Will my student have to wear a mask when outdoors on school grounds?

Masks will need to be worn in all indoor spaces.  It is our desire to allow students outdoor time to get some fresh air throughout the day.  When students go out for recess or an outdoor learning experience, mask should not need to be worn and social distancing will be encouraged.  If they are participating in an outdoor activity that will not allow for distancing, they will be asked to wear a mask.  We will be working with our staff and students to create a narrative regarding the health measures we all need to take in order to help protect one another.  We want to build a culture around these safety measures that does not feel intimidating or scary, but instead something we can do to help each other stay healthy.

What if I am not comfortable with my student wearing a mask in class?

Currently, Michigan Executive Order 2020-164 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.

Can we sign a waiver to opt out of having our student wear a mask in the classroom?

Based upon State Order 2020-164, masks are to be properly worn, covering both mouth and nose, by all individuals (age 3 and over) in all school buildings and busses, at all times.  Additionally, masks must be worn outdoors on school property when 6ft social distancing cannot be achieved.  Any exception to this would require a note from a physician stating otherwise.

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.

Are students and staff being tested at school?

Should we have a symptomatic individual, whether they be a student or staff member, we would immediately contact District #10 Health Department for direction. They have provided the attached information with regard to health protocols for the school.  The school is not equipped to do any testing, nor have we been made aware of plans to do so.  Any questions with regard to quarantining and testing should be directed to the District #10 Health Department, as they are the governing agent for our County.

https://chipslead.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/SchoolHandout_Updated-7-30-20-1.pdf 

 

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.

What considerations have been made regarding the social/emotional impacts on children of require health precautions like mask wearing and social distancing?

Social emotional learning is an important part of our curriculum.  We understand that students have needs beyond academic learning.  Last year we had the fortune of being awarded a grant for the creation of MAPS CareConnect.  This team of professionals work in each of our buildings providing student and family outreach to provide behavioral supports. As part of our Return to Learn Taskforce, this team has considered additional risk assessment and programming to specifically address any concerns that may arise due to the circumstance of the last several months and the transition back to school.  We don’t know the long-term impact, however we are proactively working to provide supports for our students and teachers to effectively navigate any related concerns.

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.

Since family members are not allowed in the school buildings, how will drop off and pick up work?

Each building will have a drop-off and pick-up procedure that allows for safe transport into the school buildings. Staff will be available to assist with the arrival of your students each day.

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.

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. More information id forthcoming regarding these events. You can learn more about each of the platforms at the links below:

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

Accelerate: https://accelerate.education

Could we just get paper packets for at-home learning instead of participating in online learning?

It will be important that all students gain proficiency with our online platforms.  These platforms will be used to create consistency for all learners, whether they participate in the classroom or at home.  The paper packets that were sent home last year were used as a supplement to the online options that were available at the time.  This year we will be using new platforms that were created for the purpose of remote learning, which will provide a more robust learning experience for our students.  As always, we encourage the use of additional learning implements at home.  Reading books, working from a workbook, creating art projects using different materials, building objects with household items, or fun kitchen science experiments are ways to provide an offline experience for students.  Teachers can provide resources for our students to find fun ways to participate in hands-on activities from home.  Many examples of these activities can be found in the Chips Challenges we provided last year.

What happens if I cannot get internet at home?

We have been able to obtain a limited number of mobile hot spots for those families that have no other feasible option for internet connectivity.  These are programmable hot spots that will be set up for the purposes of learning only and can only be used with district devices.

Have a question we have not answered here? 

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

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

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.

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.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Armory Youth Project Programming Calendar

 

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

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