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APS Update 04-02-2020

April 2, 2020

Governor Closes Michigan Schools Through the end of the 2019-2020 School Year

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-35, requiring the closure of all Michigan schools through the end of the current (2019-2020) school year. This means that students enrolled in Adrian Public Schools programs and services will not physically attend school at a school building for the remainder of the school year.

Although we will not have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our students for the remainder of the current school year, students will still be expected to continue their education in some capacity as outlined in today’s press conference with Governor Whitmer.  Adrian Public Schools is currently planning to provide distance learning opportunities for all students as required by the Governor’s executive order and is awaiting further guidance from the State of Michigan which is anticipated to be released to districts tomorrow.

The sudden shift from face-to-face classroom-based instruction to distance learning presents significant challenges for our schools, and, in many cases, our students, families, and staff. We recognize that not all students have access to technology and/or adequate internet service. Moreover, many of our students with disabilities require services which are not easily duplicated virtually. Knowing this, we continue to actively work on a learning plan that will maximize educational opportunity for all students to the best of our ability under the circumstances.

We also recognize that closure of school and the inability to gather in large groups necessitates the postponement and/or cancellation of a number of year-end activities and events.  APS is evaluating alternative options to the typical year-end graduation ceremonies, other end of year events, and events for registration and scheduling for next year.  We will communicate with impacted students and parents as these plans develop.    

While there continues to be a number of unknowns, the Governor’s executive order addressed a few items, which are summarized here:

· High school seniors will graduate from high school as long as their school district determines that they were on pace to graduate before the state-mandated shutdown, which began on March 16, 2020.

· Students in grades kindergarten through 11th grade will advance to their next grade at the beginning of the next school year, provided that their school district determines that they were on pace to advance before the state-mandated shutdown, which began on March 16, 2020.

· Michigan’s third-grade reading law, which recommends third-graders who are more than a year behind in reading be retained in third grade, will not be enforced this year.

· Current high school juniors will be given an opportunity to take the SAT in the fall of 2020 at the expense of the state, to make up for the state-funded college entrance exam that they would have taken in March of this year if schools had not been closed.

 

Food service will continue to be provided by Adrian Public Schools in cooperation with First Student and our Food Service employees.

We want to thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these unchartered waters. We also want to encourage you to continue to follow the stay-at-home and social distancing guidance that has been issued by our governmental officials.

Please continue to monitor your email, Maple Pride, or www.adrianmaples.org, for informational updates. 

 

For additional information about COVID-19, please visit: 

· Lenawee County Health Department (www.lenawee.mi.us/917/2019-Novel-Coronavirus)

· State of Michigan Coronavirus Page (www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/)

· United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/)

 

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Bob Behnke - Superintendent

Adrian Public Schools