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

Food Service Program

2021/22 School Year

MAPS will following the USDA National School Lunch Seamless Summer Option, which allows us to offer all students free breakfast and lunch for the entire school year..

Our Grab & Go program has been changed under the USDA Seamless Summer Option, as of the first day of school (Aug. 31st) This means:

  • All students attending school, within our buildings, who are offered meals at school CANNOT have families pick up meals through the Grab & Go line. Those students will all be fed at school.  Any student following required quarantine protocols can use the Grab & Go service.
  • If students are virtual learners, home schoolers, or any other children within the Manistee community not attending school they are still eligible to participate in the Grab & Go program.
  • We will offer pick up of a 5-day breakfast & lunch pack on Mondays between 9am-10am at MMHS in the drop-off lane.
  • Grab & Go meals are no longer able to be offered for weekends or holidays. They can only be provided for those days that school is in session.
  • Accountability is required, student names will be recorded when families are picking up Grab & Go meals to verify those students are not in attendance at our buildings.
  • If a holiday, snow day or school day scheduled to be off occurs on a Monday, the meal pick up will be Tuesday.

We ask that all families complete the free/reduced applications for this school year even though we are feeding all children for free, link below.  This will allow for student meal accounting for the program. This information will be used by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services for future PEBT distributions and to account for student benefits for the 22/23 school year.  Student benefits will follow them for the first 30 days of the next school year (22/23), to allow families time to complete another free/reduced application without loss of benefits.

Student Nutrition Program Application

 

2021/22 COVID Protocols Frequently Asked Questions

At MAPS, our first priority is to provide for the safety and welfare of our students and staff during school, transporting to and from school, and during school sponsored activities.  We are also committed to maintaining in-person learning and preserving our student’s ability to participate in athletics and other essential extracurricular activities, as conditions permit.

Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the district protocols we will be following during the 2021/22 school year.  


 

Are masks required to be worn at school?

MAPS Mask Policy

Effective Thursday, February 24, 2022, MAPS has adapted the district masking policy to allow for optional masking on school property and at school events. We will continue to monitor local conditions and may need to adjust our policies in the future if we experience another surge in cases.

COVID-19 protocols are subject to change throughout the school year.  Regional conditions will be regularly reviewed and discussions at the Board level will be ongoing. We will also continue to communicate with the District #10 Health Department regarding their guidance and recommendations.  Any changes will be readily communicated.

Is virtual learning an option this year?

Our goal is to maintain in-person instruction for all students, as the experience of face-to-face instruction provides the best possible learning environment for our students to thrive.  For any students or families with health concerns that would be negatively impacted by in-person learning, please reach out to your building principal regarding potential resources.

What other safety measures will be taken?
  • Cohorting and physical distancing efforts will be practiced where applicable, based upon activity.
  • Vaccinations will be promoted for those eligible.
  • Regular hygiene practices will be promoted; hand sanitizer will be readily available in all buildings.
  • Contact tracing, outreach to close contacts, reporting of cases, and quarantining guidelines will be practiced as outlined by DHD#10.
  • Ventilation standards have been met in all school buildings.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols will be followed.
  • Voluntary onsite COVID testing will be administered as conditions necessitate. Weekly antigen screening tests remain a tool used in our athletics program to give the coaches the information needed to proceed safely. Families are given the opportunity to opt-out.
Will MAPS be requiring proof of vaccination?

No, there is no requirement for us to collect vaccination information.  The only time that vaccination status would be pertinent is in our contact tracing efforts.  If an individual chooses not to share this information, they would follow quarantine protocol as an unvaccinated individual as a precaution.

What are the isolation and quarantine protocols?

Updated April 28, 2022

Dear MAPS Families & Staff,

The MAPS Board of Education, in their work study session Wednesday, made a decision to update the COVID-19 protocols. 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 19 to 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 19 to 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

Is COVID-19 testing being done at school?

For those interested, COVID-19 antigen testing is available for COVID symptomatic or COVID exposed students at MMHS:

COVID TESTING @ MMHS

  • Park in student drop-off loop
  • Call main office @ 723-2547
  • MMHS secretary will confirm testing window
  • Remain in vehicle and tester will come to you
  • Results will be communicated in 15 minutes
    • Negative – return on 6th day of quarantine
    • Positive – Follow isolation protocol

COVID-19 antigen testing may be used on a voluntary basis by athletic coaches to screen athletes when conditions warrant.  Families are able to opt-out of the testing by contacting the MAPS athletic department.

Any future plans for testing will be communicated.  The opt-out option will be offered, unless otherwise required by federal, state, or local authorities.

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MAPS Collaborates with SELWEB to Support Students and Grow Safer Schools

SELweb is a web-based system designed to assess key social-emotional skills that are associated with success in school and life and that are the targets of evidence-based social-emotional learning programs. SELweb directly assesses children’s understanding of others’ emotions and perspectives, their social problem-solving skills, and their self-control.  

Learn More About SELweb

MAPS is collaborating with SELWEB to support students and grow safer schools

Our children are starting to emerge from many “COVID” related stresses.  The pandemic impacted homelife, access to elder adults, and created a very different school environment.  In response, Manistee Area Public Schools has been increasing access to health care through the Child and Adolescent Health Center, as well as taking time in the classroom to talk about emotional stress with SafeNet workers Tracy Shimel and Scott Solberg.

To help educators understand student stress levels, MAPS turned to SELWEB.

“The words ‘social and emotional learning’ are finding themselves in more and more district strategic plans and school improvement plans. Student social and emotional development and school climate are becoming key performance indicators alongside academic skills.”  states Clark McKown, SELweb.

SELweb is a web-based system designed to assess key social-emotional skills that are associated with success in school and life and that are the targets of evidence-based social-emotional learning programs. SELweb directly assesses children’s understanding of others’ emotions and perspectives, their social problem-solving skills, and their self-control.  

“Last year I participated in a training through the Mason County ISD to learn how to administer the assessment and evaluate the results.  We conducted a pilot last year with a couple of classrooms in Kindergarten and 2nd grade to test the program out and review the results.  This year we fully launched a K-5th assessment in February to get an initial baseline of where students were in regards to their social emotional understanding,” Tracy Shimel, Safenet, Jefferson Elementary.  “We administered a post assessment in May and saw an 11% improvement in overall scores, this is exciting news for our district,” Tracy reports.

Students showed growth in five areas:

Emotion Regulation -understanding what you are feeling, and being able to adjust your thinking in response

Social perspective taking –  understanding what others are feeling

Social problem solving – the ability to think through social challenges

Self Control – the ability to control and change thoughts and feelings to achieve a goal

225 students at Jefferson participated  in February, and 212 students in May.  

“This information helps teachers prepare for their students in the Fall.  Students who feel ‘listened to’ and understood by their classmates have better school attendance and stronger academic performance.  SELWEB lets us know how we can address student’s individual needs with fairness and compassion,” says Jefferson Principal, Julia Raddatz.  “We look forward to a more normal school year coming up, but with our eyes open to the fact that growing up in a pandemic has been stressful for our little ones.”

P-EBT Food Assistance Benefits for Families

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) food assistance benefits will go to Michigan families with students ages 0-26 that are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price School Meals. This includes families currently receiving Food Assistance Program benefits, as well as those not currently enrolled in the program. No application is necessary for eligible families to receive P-EBT benefits.

If you have any questions, please contact 1-833-905-0028

 

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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., Sonya Broadbent (231-655-3744) or Priscilla Anglemyer (231-655-3867).  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.

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. 

 

Armory Youth Project 

We are also happy to announce our hours are expanding to 3 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Programs start at 3:30 so students will have time to arrive and grab a snack before their program starts. We also have some new volunteers and staff who are eager to meet our students! We will offer daily meals again this year, thanks to the generous support of our donors.
 
If transportation is needed, Manistee Area Public Schools (MAPS) has the Armory as a drop off location and Dial A Ride has their last pick up from the Armory at 5 pm. We need students to register in advance for all programs so we can plan for staff, food, and keep everyone informed of changes. You can view all the programs, see the calendar, and register at our website:
 
 
Please note AYP is following MAPS District Covid19 Guidelines, which includes properly worn masks for all indoor programs.  

 

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Great Start Collaborative Opportunities

 

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Through Family Spirit and Gikinawaabi, the mission is to create a partnership with families that supports and educates before, during, and after pregnancy. To support the sacred role of women in the community as givers of life, and encourage the understanding and importance of family well-being and the health of mothers, fathers and children over their lifespan.

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Telephone: (231) 723-3521