The State of Emergency that ended face-to-face instruction was a shock for all of us. Instruction shifted quickly and families and educators adapted fast to finish the year. The 2020-21 school year brings new opportunities for the education community. Our overall goal is to ensure the well-being and safety of students, families and staff as we implement best practices with flexible options. We are ready, we are resilient and we will be responsive to whatever lies ahead.

Scenario 1: Face-to-Face

Students meet in-person for instruction at school using guidance from the Return to Learn Task Force, Michigan Department of Education and CDC.

  • Certified teachers deliver the curriculum.
  • Mental health and social-emotional supports are put in place for all students.
  • Implement universal safety measures and social distancing practices to keep students, families and staff safe, as needed.

Scenario 2: Hybrid

A combination of virtual learning and/or face-to-face instruction is implemented. 

  • Certified teachers deliver the curriculum.
  • Mental health and social-emotional supports are put in place for all students.
  • Implement universal safety measures and social distancing practices to keep students, families and staff safe, as needed.

Scenario 3: Distance Learning

A true distance learning environment is established and implemented, taking lessons learned and best practices from our “state of emergency” delivery in 2019-20.

  • Certified teachers deliver the curriculum.
  • Mental health and social-emotional supports are put in place for all students.

Scenario 4: Intermittent Virtual

Students take breaks from face-to-face learning for short periods of time. 

  • Certified teachers deliver the curriculum.
  • Mental health and social-emotional supports are in place for all students.
  • Short periods of time may include: students who are sick, snow days, planning virtual calendar days while educators have professional development or engage in professional learning communities, etc.

We must remain flexible as we respond to local needs and health crises, but we also want to use lessons learned to remain adaptable to family needs as well. We will need permission from the Michigan Department of Education to offer multiple options to students, families and staff. We will work with state health officials, community leaders, families, and teachers, as we develop our plans that focus on the achievement and success of all learners.

Next Steps

The Education Reimagined team will reflect on best practices and lessons learned to plan for the 2020-21 school year. More fully developed plans will be available at the end of July, beginning of August. Sub-teams have been created in specifics areas of expertise to provide recommendations in all four scenarios:

  • Academics
  • Community Engagement & Parent Connections
  • School Operations
  • School Personnel
  • Technology and Data
  • Whole Child