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COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan

(Executive Order 2020-142 District Preparedness Plan Template)

 

Approved: 7:00 PM

07/28/2020

 

 

 

Name of District: Tekonsha Community Schools

 

Address of District: 245 S. Elm St., Tekonsha, MI

 

District Code Number: 13130 

 

Web Address of the District:  www.tekonshaschools.org

 

Name of Intermediate School District:  Calhoun Intermediate School District

 

Name of Authorizing Body (if applicable): Terrance Lunger, Superintendent, Calhoun Intermediate School District. 

 

Preparedness Plan Introduction

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-142  “provides a structure to support all schools in Michigan as they plan for a return of pre-K-12 education in the fall. Under the order, school districts must adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan laying out how they will cope with the disease across the various phases of the Michigan Safe Start Plan. In turn, the accompanying Michigan Return to School Roadmap offers a guide to the types of safety protocols appropriate during each phase. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution: What works in Lansing may not work in Sault Sainte Marie. Districts will retain the flexibility to tailor their instruction to their particular needs and to the disease conditions present in their regions.”  (EO-2020-142)

Each district (public, public school academy (PSA), nonpublic, and intermediate school district (ISD) that educates pre-K-12 students) shall submit a single completed Assurance Document and Preparedness Plan to its Board in time for approval by August 15 or seven days before the first day of school, whichever comes first.  This template, when completed, serves as a single Assurance Document and Preparedness Plan.

 

The Preparedness Plan will be collected by the Intermediate School District for public school districts, the authorizing body for public school academies, or the chief/designated school administrator for nonpublic schools for transmission to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Treasurer by August 17, 2020. Additionally, this Preparedness Plan must be posted on the district’s/PSA’s, or nonpublic school’s public website home page no later than August 17, 2020.   A single application should be filed by the district rather than multiple applications for individual schools within a district.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preparedness Plan Assurances

The District agrees to meet all of the following requirements of Executive Order 2020-142

  • The District assures that when it provides in-person instruction to its students without disabilities, the district must also provide in-person instruction to its students with disabilities, consistent with their individualized education programs (IEPs).
  • The District assures that when schools are closed to in-person instruction, districts must strive in good faith and to the extent practicable, based upon available resources, technology, training, and curriculum, as well as the circumstances presented by COVID-19, to provide equal access to any alternative modes of instruction to students with disabilities from birth through age 26. This assurance includes the provision of auxiliary services under section 1296 of the Revised School Code, MCL 380.1296.
  • The District assures that while any state of emergency or disaster related to the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it shall comply with guidance from the United States Department of Education, including its Office of Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and the Michigan Department of Education concerning the delivery of alternative modes of instruction to students with disabilities in light of the impact of COVID-19.
  • The District assures that it shall, to the extent practicable and necessary, make individualized determinations whether and to what extent compensatory services may be needed for students with disabilities in light of the school closures during the 2019–2020 school year.
  • The District assures that during Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will close its buildings to anyone except: (a) District employees or contractors necessary to conduct minimum basic school operations consistent with a Preparedness Plan, including those employers or contractors necessary to facilitate alternative modes of instruction, such as distributing materials and equipment or performing other necessary in-person functions. (b) Food-service workers preparing food for distribution to students or their families. (c) Licensed child-care providers and the families that they serve, if providers follow all emergency protocols identified by the state.
  • The District assures that during Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will suspend athletics, after-school activities, inter-school activities, and busing.
  • The District assures that during Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will provide for the continued pay of school employees while redeploying staff to provide meaningful work in the context of the Preparedness Plan, subject to any applicable requirements of a collective bargaining agreement.
  • The District assures that in Phases 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will provide for the continuation of food distribution to eligible students.
  • The District assures that during Phase 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan it will prohibit indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom.
  • The District assures cooperation with the local public health department if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified, and agrees to collect the contact information for any close contacts of the affected individual from two days before he or she showed symptoms to the time when he or she was last present in school.

 

 

Preparedness Plan

Every district must develop and adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (“Preparedness Plan”) that is informed by Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap (“Return to School Roadmap”) from the COVID-19 Task Force on Education and Return to School Advisory Council.

In accordance with Executive Order 2020-142 a plan must include all the following parts:

  1. The policies and procedures that the District will follow when the region in which the district is located is in Phase 1, 2, or 3 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.
  2. Describe how the district will offer alternative modes of instruction other than in-person instruction and a summary of materials each student and the student’s parents or guardians will need to meaningfully access the alternative modes of instruction included in the Preparedness Plan. If the Preparedness Plan relies on electronic instruction, the Preparedness Plan must consider how the district will aid students who lack access to computers or to the internet. This is also in the Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan submitted in April.  You may want to update and link to this plan in your response below.

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • Providing we are in phase 1,2,or 3, Tekonsha Community Schools would implement a hybrid model/multimedia mode of instruction using online learning platforms, grade level and subject specific textbooks, and hard copy instructional materials.  Teachers will communicate with parents and students via the internet, email, cell phones to deliver assignments, and/or the use of hard copy materials.  Hard copy materials can be mailed or picked up at the school at designated times.  Chromebooks for distance learning will be provided by the district.  Internet service may also be provided by our district based on need and service areas in and around our school district as determined on a case by case basis. 
  • All students will need access to paper, pencils, and crayons.  These supplies will be provided by the district for those that do not have them.
  • No pupil will be penalized for their inability to fully participate. However non participation will negatively affect academic performance and achievement. 
  • Teachers will be required to make contact with parents and/or students a minimum of twice a week.  This may be done through the use of a variety of technology platforms such as: Google Hangout, Google Classroom, Remind 101, DoJo, See Saw, email, or other means of communication.
  • Every effort will be made to individualize each student's needs in grades K-12 based on the various means of communication. 
  • Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s education if for some unfortunate reason we are put back in phase 3 and are forced to close school.  This is especially important for the younger students (K-5) that may not be adept at using technological devices.  Tekonsha Community Schools totally understands the difficulties that may result from school being closed and ensures all parents that every effort will be made to provide all students a quality education.
  • Teachers will evaluate assignments in a timely fashion and enter them in our student information system (Skyward) in order to assist parents and students in monitoring their academic progress.

 

 

 

  1. The policies and procedures that the District will follow when the region in which the District is located is in Phase 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.  Those policies and procedures must, at a minimum, include: 
  2. Face coverings (p. 22)
    1. Please describe how the district will implement requirements for facial coverings that at a minimum require the wearing of face coverings, except during meals and unless face coverings cannot be medically tolerated, for:
  3. All staff and all students in grades preK-12 when on a school bus.
  4. All staff and all students in grades preK-12 when in indoor hallways and common areas.
  5. All staff when in classrooms.
  6. All students in grades 6 and up when in classrooms.
  7. All students in grades kindergarten through grade 5 unless students remain with their classes throughout the school day and do not come into close contact with students in another class.

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • The expectations for the wearing of face coverings will be included in district to parent communications.
  • Facial coverings are required for all staff during the day in all settings except for meals.
  • Facial coverings are required for all students 6-12 during the day in all settings except for meals.
  • K-5 students will not be required to wear a face covering once they are situated in their classroom unless the classroom activity places them in close proximity to other students.
  • Any staff or student who is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering or is incapacitated, or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one and is required to provide the district documentation from a doctor. 
  • Students who are capable of wearing a face covering and refuse to do so in an area where a face covering is required will be issued a face covering by a school official. Parents will be notified of non-compliance.
  • Guests to the school building (substitute teachers, etc) will be issued a disposable face covering upon signing in at the main office and will be instructed to wear the face covering at all times.  Instances of non-compliance will result in the guest being escorted from the building by the building administrator. 
  • Students that refuse to participate in the requirements established by the Governor’s return to school plan may be assigned to work virtually from home.  This would be determined on a case by case basis.  It is our hope that everyone complies to this requirement, Tekonsha Community Schools has no choice but to implement this requirement and is seeking everyone’s cooperation. 

 

  1. Hygiene

Please describe how you will implement the requirements for hygiene protocols

from the Return to School Roadmap (p. 22-23).

 

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • Every classroom, and common areas such as cafeteria, gym, etc. will have hand sanitizer readily available. 
  • Handwashing times will be scheduled at the elementary school at least two times a day.
  • Signage will be posted around each building reminding students/staff/guests about the importance of adequate hand washing and hygiene processes.
  • Sharing school supplies will be limited.
  • Custodial staff will monitor cleaning/hygiene supplies and replenish as needed.

 

  1. Cleaning

Please describe how you will implement the cleaning requirements for cleaning protocols from the Return to School Roadmap (p. 27).

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • In concert with custodial staff, administrator, and our teaching staff, we will establish schedules for checking on soap/sanitizer levels and establish and post cleaning protocols for all required areas mentioned in the Michigan Safe Start Plan (library, computer labs, playground equipment, classrooms, etc.). 
  • We will be establishing protocol with our staff that will dedicate time at the end of each class period to cleaning desks, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Appropriate cleaning material and PPE will be provided by the district as required by the MI Safe Start Plan

 

 

  1. Athletics

Please describe how you will implement the requirements for athletics protocols from the Return to School Roadmap (p. 27).

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • Tekonsha’s Athletic Director will review and become familiar with the guidance published by the MHSAA and share this information with the entire coaching staff, students, and parents. 
  • Proper handwashing and other appropriate hygiene measures will also be taught, monitored, and enforced, as will the cleaning of all equipment.
  •  Individual water bottles will be utilized instead of group hydration stations. Water fountains will not be available for use based on recommendations from the Health Department.  
  • State requirements for spectators will be communicated to parents and athletes. 

 

  1. Screening

Please describe how you will implement the requirements for screening protocols from the Return to School Roadmap (p. 24).

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • A Covid-19 Toolkit has been provided to our district by the Calhoun County Public Health Department. We will follow the guidance in this document.
  •  Each building will have a designated isolation area. This room will be outfitted with appropriate PPE.
  • From the time of identification of potential infection, a student  will not be left unattended until the student or staff member is safely removed from the building.
  • Parent communication will be made immediately with clear and concise directions on where and how to pick up the student and where to report for testing.
  • During the time of quarantine, the student will be asked to self-identify the location and individuals they came into contact with for the past 48 hours to the best of their recollection.  Priority will be placed on those individuals that they were in contact with for a sustained 15 minutes of more.
  • All school staff will be required to conduct a health safety self-assessment at home prior to coming to work. All students must be assessed prior to coming to school.  The Health Department has determined that any student or staff member with a temperature of 100.4 or higher should not be in school.
  • Staff who are unable to work due to displaying COVID-19 systems will be required to report this to the school in a timely fashion. 
  • Positive tests for staff members will result in a required quarantine away from school for 14 days.  Days of quarantine for COVID-19 positive results will NOT count against employee sick time allocations.

 

  1. Testing

Please describe how you will implement the requirements for testing protocols from the Return to School Roadmap  (p. 25).

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

  • The district will work with the Calhoun County Public Health Department to establish appropriate testing procedures for students and staff. If a student/staff member, or visitor tests positive for Covid-19, the district will work with the CCPHD to establish appropriate responses from communication protocol to possible building closures.
  • The Calhoun County Public Health Departments plan is on our school website at www.tekonshaschools.org

 

 

  1. Busing and Student Transportation

Please describe how you will implement the requirements for busing and student transportation protocols from the Return to School Roadmap (p. 28).

District and Building Implementation Plan:

 

 

  • Each bus will be equipped with hand sanitizer and all students and drivers must use hand sanitizer upon entering the bus.
  • The bus driver, and all students, if medically feasible, must wear face masks while on the bus. Disposable face masks will be available at the bus entrance in the event the student doesn’t have one.
  • Busses will be will be properly cleaned at the end of each day after the bus run.
  • Weather permitting, bus drivers may keep windows open.
  • If a student, or driver becomes sick during the day, they will not be allowed to ride/drive the bus until symptoms no longer exist.
  • Students will be assigned specific seating by bus drivers to separate students to allow as much spacing as possible.   

 

  1. Describe the policies and procedures that the district will follow when the region in which the district is located is in Phase 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.

All of the above requirements will be considered “Strongly Recommended” to staff and students in the event our region reaches Phase 5.

 

1. Indicate which highly recommended protocols from the Return to School Roadmap the district will include in its Preparedness Plan when the region in which the district is located is in Phase 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.

We will continue to educate students and staff on proper hand washing protocol and proper hygiene.  We will also continue to establish a “quarantine area” and designate a staff person to care for those students who are ill.  Symptomatic students/staff will continue to be sent home from school and should be kept home unless these students/staff  either test negative for Covid-19 or symptoms have completely dissipated.  We will also encourage all students, staff, and parents to monitor their own health and conduct daily self-examinations (temperature, etc.).

 

2. Indicate which highly recommended protocols from the Return to School Roadmap the district will not include in its Preparedness Plan when the region in which the district is located is in Phase 5 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.

  • Facial coverings will be considered but not required in grades 6-12.
  • Space desks six feet apart in classrooms. Class should  be kept to the level afforded by necessary spacing requirements(Not required)
  • Teachers should maintain six feet of spacing between themselves and students (Not required)

 

 

  1. After considering all the protocols that are highly recommended in the Return to School Roadmap, please indicate if a school plans to exclude protocols that are highly recommended for any of the categories above in Phase 4.

 

  • Yes   

 

Final Steps for Submission

Each district shall submit a single completed Assurance Document and Preparedness Plan to its Board of Education (in the case of a PSA, the Academy Board of Directors; in the case of a nonpublic school, the chief or designated school administrator ) in time for approval by August 15 or seven days before the first day of school, whichever comes first.

 

Date of Approval by the District Board of Education, PSA Board of Directors, or nonpublic school chief/designated school administrator:                     August 3, 2020

 

Link to the Board Meeting Minutes or Signature of Board President, or signature of nonpublic school chief/designated school administrator:  [Google.doc Link]

Link to the approved Plan posted on the District/PSA/nonpublic school website:

The Preparedness Plan will be collected by the Intermediate School District for public school districts, the authorizing body for public school academies, or the chief/designated school administrator for nonpublic schools for transmission to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Treasurer by August 17, 2020. Additionally, this Preparedness Plan must be posted on the district’s/PSA’s, or nonpublic school’s public website home page no later than August 17, 2020.

 

Name of District/PSA/Nonpublic Leader Submitting Plan: Jeffrey Kawaski, Superintendent

Date Received by the ISD/Authorizing Body/Chief or designated School Administrator: August 3, 2020

Date Submitted to State Superintendent and State Treasurer:  To be completed by ISD Superintendent

Information regarding the P-EBT Food Assistance Benefits for Families card can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-66254_99536-526602--,00.html 

Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan (“Plan”) Application 

 

 As a result of COVID-19 and the closing of school buildings for the 2019-2020 School Year, school districts must submit a Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan (“Plan”) in order to continue to receive state aid for operations. Although schools are closed and not providing in-person instruction, teaching and learning must continue. Michigan educators have been called to provide our students with continued learning. There are varied states of readiness to provide continuity in learning among districts. Even within districts of multiple school sites, there are varied states of readiness. It is expected that schools will provide instruction at a distance using a variety of methods that meet local needs, including printed materials, phone contact, email, virtual learning, or a combination to meet student needs. We should avoid assuming that continuity in learning can only occur through online means. While many educators have been providing distance learning opportunities, the Governor’s Executive Order (EO 2020-35) requires all schools to begin providing learning opportunities for all students no later than April 28, 2020. Districts who are able to begin their plans earlier are encouraged to do so. Each District shall submit a single completed Assurance Document, Budget Outline, and Continuity of Learning Plan to its Intermediate School District. Each Public School Academy shall submit a completed Assurance Document, Budget Outline, and Continuity of Learning Plan to its Authorizer. A single Application should be filed for the district rather than multiple applications for individual schools within a district.

 

The following items are required for the application which may be submitted beginning April 8, 2020:

1. Assurances Document 2. Continuity of Learning 3. Plan Budget Outline

 

Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan (“Plan”) Guiding Principles As Districts and Public School Academies complete the Assurances and Continuity of Learning Plans, they should consider utilizing the following principles to guide their work: Keep Students at the Center Intentional outreach to continue building relationships and maintain connections. Help students feel safe and valued. At minimum, plan to do the following:

● Plan for Student Learning: Build on each student’s strengths, interests, and needs and use this knowledge to positively affect learning.

● Develop a Weekly Plan and Schedule: Offer routines and structures for consistency and for the balancing of think time, work time, and play time for health and well-being.

● Contact Families: Partner to support student learning through ongoing communication and collaboration. This will not look the same for every student and family—safety remains the priority. Provide translations as necessary. Design Learning for Equity and Access Plan and deliver content in multiple ways so all students can access learning.

● Teach Content: Set goals using knowledge of each student, content area standards, and of Michigan Merit Curriculum.

● Deliver Flexible Instruction: Consider how to deliver content depending on tools and resources accessible to each student. Alternative modes of instruction may include use of online learning, telephone communications, email, virtual instruction, videos, slideshows, project-based learning, use of instructional packets, or a combination to meet diverse student needs.

● Engage Families: Communicate with families about engagement strategies to support students as they access the learning. Families are critical partners. Provide translations as necessary. Assess Student Learning Manage and monitor student learning and plan what’s next for learning including the potential need for summer and supplemental learning.

● Check Student Learning: Use a variety of strategies to monitor, assess, and provide feedback to students about their learning.

● Make Instructional Adjustments: Use formative assessment results to guide educators’ reflection on effectiveness of instruction and to determine next steps for student learning.

● Engage Families: Communicate with families about assessment results in order to inform next steps and the potential for supplemental summer learning. Provide translations as necessary.

 

Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan (“Plan”) Assurances Date Submitted: April 14, 2020

Name of District: Tekonsha Community Schools

Address of District: 245 S. Elm St., Tekonsha MI 49092

District Code Number: 13130

Email Address of the District: kawaskij@tekonsha.k12.mi.us

Name of Intermediate School District: Calhoun Intermediate School District Name of Authorizing Body (if applicable): Not applicable

 

This Assurance document needs to be returned to your Intermediate School District or, for Public School Academies, your Authorizing Body with your Continuity of Learning Plan and Budget Outline beginning April 8, 2020 to indicate that the District will adopt a plan to ensure continuous learning for all students through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Districts should submit a single district plan that relates to all of their schools.

The applicant hereby provides assurance it will follow the requirements for a Plan for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year:

1. Applicant assures that all student learning will take place under the direction of a teacher of record for each student enrolled in the district.

2. Applicant assures that it will continue to pay school employees during the balance of the 2019-2020 school year under the same terms and conditions established prior to the school closure order period.

3. Applicant assures that the Plan was developed in collaboration with district administrators, school board members, teachers, and local bargaining units.

4. Applicant assures that food distribution has been arranged for or provided for eligible students.

5. Applicant assures coordination between applicant and Intermediate School District in which the District/PSA is located to mobilize disaster relief child care centers.

6. Applicant assures that to the extent practicable the District/PSA will in good faith provide students with IEPs/Section 504 Plans the opportunity to participate in learning consistent with existing plans.

7. Applicant assures that Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan, Assurance Document, and Budget Outline will be posted immediately following approval to the District’s/PSA’s website.

 

Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan (“Plan”)

The goal of a Continuity of Learning Plan and COVID-19 Response Plan is to ensure that each District or Public School Academy is providing, to the best of its ability, each student with alternative modes of instruction to help them stay on pace in their learning. This application recognizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution; multiple means of engaging students and supporting families may be necessary that may vary by grade level, school building, or student population served. For the purposes of the Plan, “district” refers to school districts and public school academies.

Date Submitted: April 14, 2020

Name of District: Tekonsha Community Schools

Address of District: 245 S. Elm St, Tekonsha MI 49092

District Code Number: 13130

Email Address of the District Superintendent: kawaskij@tekonsha.k12.mi.us Name of Intermediate School District: Calhoun Intermediate School District Name of Authorizing Body (if applicable): Not Applicable

In accordance with Executive Order 2020-35 a Plan must include all of the following parts:

1. Please describe the methods the district will use to provide alternative modes of instruction other than in-person instruction and a summary of materials each pupil and the pupil’s parents or guardians will need to access meaningfully the alternative modes of instruction included in the Plan. If the Plan relies on electronic instruction, the Plan must ensure to the extent feasible that pupils have access to a connected device capable of accessing the electronic instruction and must not penalize a pupil for the pupil’s inability to fully participate. “Alternative modes of instruction” means modes of pupil instruction, other than in-person instruction, that may include, without limitation, partnerships with other districts or intermediate districts or community colleges or institutions of higher education, use of vendors, use of online learning, telephone communications, email, virtual instruction, videos, slideshows, project-based learning, use of instructional packets, or a hybrid of multiple modes of learning that still promote recommended practices for social distancing to mitigate the spread of COVID- .

District/ PSA Response: The district plans to use a hybrid model/multimedia model of instruction using online learning platforms, grade level and subject specific textbooks, and hard copy instructional materials. All teachers will communicate with parents and students via cell phone using either Remind 101 or DoJo. Both of these software applications can use email and/or texting to communicate and provide instructional materials to the vast majority of our students. All students will need access to paper, pencils, and crayons. These supplies will be provided by the district for those that do not have them. For families that do not have access to email or text, other arrangements will be made to provide weekly hard copy packets. No pupil will be penalized for their inability to fully participate.

 

2. Please describe the methods the district will use to keep pupils at the center of educational activities, including outreach to continue building relationships and maintain connections, and to help pupils feel safe and valued.

District/ PSA Response: Teachers will be expected to make contact with every student at least one time during the week. This may be done through the use of technology (for those that have access) such as Google Hangout or another form of virtual meeting, or through weekly phone calls. For students with technology access, teachers will make sure to communicate multiple times each week through the instructional platform (Google Classroom, SeeSaw, Remind, DoJo, etc.) with a special emphasis on continuing to build relationships and maintain connections. We will encourage students to practice communication with classmates via media devices available to them. Paraprofessionals, our counselor, as well as teachers will reach out to students to check on their personal wellness.

 

3. Please describe the district’s plans to deliver content in multiple ways so that all pupils can access learning.

District/ PSA Response: For those students without technology, the main mode of delivery will be through the mailing or personal delivery during food distribution times of hard copy instructional materials. For students with technology grade level appropriate and subject specific instructional materials will be delivered via the online platform, email, other media sites such as Remind and DoJo. Teachers will be accessible to communicate with students multiple times during the week to answer questions and interact with students. Pre-made videos for those students that have technology is another means available to deliver content multiple times per week.

 

4. Please describe the district’s plans to manage and monitor learning by pupils.

District/ PSA Response: For students without technology, hard copy learning packets will be available for pick up during food distribution times. For those students that do not come to the school to pick up food, packets can be mailed or delivered by bus as needed. Teachers will manage and monitor pupil learning during weekly phone call(s), email, text, screenshots of student work returned for teacher review, Remind, DoJo, etc. Teachers will keep communication logs on a weekly basis. For students with technology, teachers will monitor and manage student access and assignment completion on a regular basis weekly. Consideration will be made in regards to families that have multiple siblings needing internet access at the same time. Remind and DoJo will broaden the platform for dispersing educational opportunities for students that have limited internet capabilities but do have cell phones and texting abilities. Remind and DoJo also have email capabilities. Phone calls will be used to communicate with students if and when needed.

 

5. Please attach a budget outline estimating additional expenditures associated with the Plan and sources of revenue to pay for those expenditures.

District/ PSA Response: Purchase of learning supplies such as paper, pencils, crayons, etc. Estimate: $1,000/General Fund Printing costs (paper and machine copy cost) Estimate: $3,500/General Fund Mailing Costs (envelopes, postage) Estimate: $1000/General Fund Personal time for printing, preparing, and delivery Estimate: $500/General Fund Fuel and mileage-Delivery cost Estimate: $2,000/General Fund.

 

6. Please describe the manner in which district administrators, board members, teachers, and any representatives of teachers collaborated in development of the Plan.

District/ PSA Response: All stakeholders were involved in the development of the plan, primarily via email and telephone calls. We are a very small school district with one grade level teacher K-5 and 7 teachers in grades 6-12. This made it relatively easy to discuss the development of the plan. I am the only administrator that was in daily contact with teachers, support staff, school board members. We agree that choosing the multimedia platform was the most effective way to communicate with students and parents. And allowed our teachers with as much flexibility and resources as possible to distribute educational opportunities via distance learning for our students. Keeping in mind the importance of individualized instruction, grade and subject appropriate opportunities, and specific learning opportunities for students with disabilities.

 

7. Please describe the methods the district will use to notify pupils and parents or guardians of the Plan.

District/ PSA Response: The district will use our district wide call out system, the local newspaper, a mailing from the Superintendent, Remind and DoJo, the school district website, and social media.

 

8. Please provide an estimate of the date on which the district will begin implementation of the Plan, which must be no later than April 28, 2020 .

District/PSA Response: April 20, 2020

 

9. Please describe the assistance, to the extent feasible, to pupils enrolled in any postsecondary dual enrollment courses under Public Act of 160 of 1996, as amended, MCL 388.511 to 388.524 , and Career and Technical Preparation Act, 258 PA 2000, as amended, MCL 388.1901 to 388.1913, in completing the courses during the 2019-2020 school year.

District/ PSA Response: For our students in dual enrollment courses we will be working with the provider to determine the next steps. At Tekonsha our dual enrollment students that are taking the course online all have internet access so they are continuing to participate in their respective class(es). We will continue to ensure that the students have the appropriate materials and support to complete those courses. The students will also be given the option to convert their grade to credit or no-credit if they so choose. For students in CTE programs we will work with the ISD CTE Director as well as state level CTE directives to ensure our students have the ability to complete these courses. When needed the district will ensure the student has the necessary resources.

 

10. Please describe how the district will continue to provide or arrange for continuation of food distribution to eligible pupils.

District/ PSA Response: Tekonsha Community Schools is currently serving a two meal combination, breakfast and lunch, from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each serving distribution is for two days with the exception of Friday which also encompasses Saturday and Sunday. The program has been very successful and is on a pick up only basis. Families drive up to the curb side and we hand deliver the appropriate number of meals to their car. Any changes or alterations in our schedule is communicated on our district wide call out system, social media, local newspaper, school district website. Delivery can be accessible for those in need by contacting our food service department for assistance.

 

11. Please confirm that the district will continue to pay school employees while redeploying staff to provide meaningful work in the context of the Plan, subject to any applicable requirements of a collective bargaining agreement.

District/PSA Response: All staff will continue to receive their regular compensation through the end of the school year. All teachers are currently performing their regular duties except using a multimedia approach via distance learning and not face to face. Para professionals and bus drivers are assisting in preparing packets when needed, contacting students to maintain contact and check on students safety and well being. Also assisting in organizing and distributing textbooks and personal belongings to be delivered door to door to the students so that materials are available in order to successfully implement our continuity of learning plan.

 

12. Provide describe how the district will evaluate the participation of pupils in the Plan.

District/PSA Response: If a student does not have access to technology, teachers will keep track of the students who are completing hard copy packets/assignments. Teachers will also keep a log of communication and interactions with students and parents. If a student does have access to technology, teachers will use the instructional platform, to monitor student wellness, engagement, and completion of assignments. Teachers will also keep a log of communication and interactions with students and parents Inconsistent participation or completion of assignments will be referred to the Superintendent/Principal for additional communication and interactions with students and parents. The administrator will also keep a log and step taken towards participation and completion of assignments. The district may also use additional supports in regards to connecting with students and parents as needed. Examples of said agencies may include: DHHS, Behavioral Health, etc.

 

13. Please describe how the district will provide mental health supports to pupils affected by a state of emergency or state of disaster prompted by COVID-19 . District/ PSA Response: The district through weekly phone calls will reach out to students and parents in regards to their personal health and safety. Teachers, para pros, bus drivers, 31n mental health counselor, administrative assistants and administrators will assist in providing referrals to outside agencies if needed.

 

14. Please describe how the district will support the efforts of the intermediate district in which the district is located to mobilize disaster relief child care centers as described in Executive Order 2020-16 or any executive order that follow it. District/ PSA Response: Tekonsha Community Schools will assist in any way it can to provide support in the mobilization of disaster child relief care centers as described in Executive Order 2020-16. Food distribution, cleaning supplies, etc. are a couple of examples of how we could potentially provide support

 

Optional question: 15. Does the District plan to adopt a balanced calendar instructional program for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year? Does the District plan to adopt a balanced calendar instructional program for the 2020-2021 school year?

District/ PSA Response: Tekonsha Community Schools does not plan to participate in a balance calendar for either school year.

 

Name of District Leader Submitting Application: Jeffrey Kawaski

Date Approved: April 14, 2020

Name of ISD Superintendent/Authorizer Designee: Dr. Terance Lunger

Date Submitted to Superintendent and State Treasurer:

Confirmation approved:

Plan is posted on District/PSA website: April 15, 2020

Contact Us:

Address:

   245 S Elm St.

   Tekonsha, MI 49092

Phone:

   (517) 767-4121 

Fax:

   (517) 767-3465

Office Hours:

   7:00 am to 3:30 pm

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