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NPS School Re-entry Communication, August 6, 2020

Dear Northville Public School Families, Staff and Students,

On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, the Northville Public Schools Board of Education approved a plan to begin the 2020-2021 school year with a Virtual Start for the month of September for elementary, middle and high school students that will transition to an approved in-person scenario no later than the first week of October.   The in-person scenario for Elementary and Cooke School students includes the option to attend full time, Monday through Friday; while the Middle and High School in-person scenario is a 50-50 Hybrid, with students rotating between in-person and virtual learning every other day.  The in-person scenarios approved at each level allow for implementation of each of the required safety protocols for Phase 4 of Michigan’s Roadmap, along with maximizing implementation of the highly recommended safety protocols to the greatest extent possible in a school setting.

Parents/families across the District’s programs will have the option to elect a full semester virtual learning option that will continue uninterrupted from the start of the school year, or may opt for the September Virtual Start that transitions into the identified In-Person scenario.

The details of the NPS Fall 2020 Re-entry Plan include:

  • Northville K-12 students will begin the 2020-21 school year on a modified virtual schedule (Virtual Start) from September 8 through October 2, 2020.  Cooke School, Self-Contained Special Education Classrooms, and other Special Programs will begin transitioning students into in-person learning throughout September. 
  • During the month of September, in addition to providing quality distance learning opportunities to our students, there will be thoughtful transition planning, small group in-person support for identified students, as well as in-school orientation and transition opportunities at each grade level.  The September Virtual Start will allow students and staff to develop competence around the new and robust Learning Management System (Schoology) that allows for smooth transitions between virtual and in-person learning in the event that intermittent school closures become necessary or our region moves into different phases of Michigan’s Road Map.
  • Following the September Virtual Start, for families selecting in-person attendance:
    • Elementary students will attend full time, Monday through Friday, in-person in cohort class groupings that may include rotating teachers;
    • Middle School students will attend school every other day, rotating between in-person core content (Math, Science, ELA and Social Studies) courses and virtual learning for elective courses.    
    • High School students will also attend school every other day, rotating between in-person instruction and virtual learning; and  
    • Cooke School students will begin with a partial return in September and gradually increase in-person attendance through September until all students attend school 5 days per week.
  • Parents/families across the District’s programs will have the option to elect a Full Virtual/Distance Learning option that will continue uninterrupted from the start of the school year, or may opt for the September Virtual Start that transitions into the identified In-Person Scenario.  

All parents are asked to complete the Official Parent Designation of Schooling Digital Election form as soon as possible, but no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 12, 2020, to identify which option is being selected.  Parents will receive the Official Parent Designation of Schooling Digital Election form via the email account provided to your children’s school.  Completed digital election forms are DUE by 4:30 p.m. on August 12, 2020.  Parents/families who do not elect an option by August 12, 2020 will be enrolled in the in-person scenario specific to each student’s grade level.

We will continue to monitor the emerging guidance from the federal, state, and local health and education agencies as the start of the school year approaches, and inform you of any changes necessitating any adjustments to the Reentry Plan and/or opportunities to move more quickly toward a full return to school.  

We are grateful for the ongoing work of the Reentry Task Force throughout the summer, and for the many submissions of thoughts, suggestions, and feedback from across our community as we grapple with the many challenges presented by the sometimes competing interests of health, safety and wellbeing of our students, our staff, and our families while maximizing opportunities for learning.

Thank you for your partnership as we work together with our students, staff, families and community to promote the learning, safety, health and well-being of all.  

Take care and be well,

Mary Kay Gallagher
Superintendent