Dear Respected Parents,
On July 20, families were informed of the following decision made by the Board for reopening MIA with hybrid learning in the fall, as long as Covid-19 cases begin improving and we remain in Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan:
MIA had planned to begin the 2020-2021 school year with face-to-face instruction Monday through Thursday and remote learning on Friday for Pre-K through Grade 3. In addition, fully remote learning was planned for Grades 4 through 12 Monday through Friday for the beginning of the year, with a gradual phase-in of face-to-face instruction planned for Grades 4 and 5 first, and middle and high school thereafter. This recommendation was contingent upon the development of the Coronavirus spread.
Based on the current trajectory of the Coronavirus on the local, state, and national levels, in addition to the Parent Survey results from families in Grades Pre-k through 3, the Board, with the recommendation of the MIA Reopening Advisory Committee, has approved the following revised reopening plan:
Hold in-person instruction for students in Pre-K and Kindergarten Monday through Thursday. Friday classes will be held virtually. The first two weeks of classes for Pre-K and Kindergarten shall be half-days. The Committee will meet weekly with the MIA Board of Education and re-evaluate after two weeks to determine the feasibility of Pre-K and Kindergarten transitioning to full-day sessions. Parents will be informed via phone and email tomorrow of our Back to School required safety protocols. Additional Covid-19 safety guidelines can be found on our website in the MIA Covid-19 Preparedness Plan.
Students in Grades 1 through 12 will begin the 2020-2021 school year attending classes virtually. The Committee will meet weekly with the MIA Board of Education and re-evaluate to determine the feasibility of phasing in additional classes for in-person instruction.
Moving forward, we will be sending a Needs Assessment Survey in a separate email to determine the capabilities of all of our families to participate in face-to-face and/or virtual learning in the fall. Please assist us in assessing our students’ needs by completing the survey and limiting responses to one response per family.
MIA remains committed to providing students who are not able to attend in-person instruction with a comparable virtual learning alternative. In addition, we recognize that there may be special accommodations that are needed with some of our families who have both parents working. Please indicate any extenuating circumstances that may require special accommodations.
We will additionally be scheduling days and times for parents to pick up their children’s material and to provide an opportunity for students to meet their teachers before the first day of classes, which will be relayed in an upcoming email along with information about the planned orientation for students and families.
We sincerely value your continued feedback, which will continue to inform our steps moving onward, and look forward to working with you and your child during this historic year!
Peace and well-being,