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NPS COVID-19 School Re-entry Task Force

Northville Public Schools has formed a Task Force to evaluate safe solutions for the return to school in the Fall of 2020. This task force is comprised of District administrators, educators, parents, students and healthcare professionals.


The purpose of the NPS COVID-19 School Re-entry Task Force is to research, develop and provide recommendations for a range of potential school re-entry scenarios, based on CDC and MDHHS guidelines to mitigate COVID-19 risks and protect the safety and wellbeing of students, families and staff members while maximizing opportunities for student learning.

 

The group will use 11 guiding principles while making decisions for recommendations. The principles include a focus on student learning, flexibility to address a range of needs, an understanding that some approaches may not be suitable at all grade levels, and providing multiple options for families and staff.

 

Three situations in which the Task Force will make considerations include a full open with the addition of safety precautions, a partial open with a blended classroom configuration and additional safety precautions, and a continuation of distance learning with schools remaining close. Considerations for each of these scenarios will be aligned with District Goals.

 

With the voices of a variety of district and community members heard, Northville Public Schools will navigate this unprecedented situation with a dedication to student learning and mindfulness of the safety of our school families.

 

Thank you to the Task Force for spending their summer with us and supporting the District as difficult decisions and plans are made. We wish we could start the school year as usual, but unfortunately, we are faced with uncertainty and a need to plan to the best of our ability. We will keep our school families informed throughout the summer through email, the District website, and social media. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Detailed Information in the Links Below

 

The following links provide further information, including the weekly progress, each teams’ planning for the various scenarios, survey results, ongoing stakeholder input and resources used by the teams and the District. This information will be updated as it becomes available.

 

NPS COVID-19 School Reentry FAQs- This FAQ document was generated from questions from the Northville Public Schools community.

 


Please click on the arrow to the right of each category to view the information in that section.

The NPS School Reentry Task Force presented its final report to the Board of Education on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 as planned, with reports from Distance Learning, Safety, Health and Wellbeing, and each of the Scenario Teams.  The Board of Education has scheduled two additional meetings/public hearings for stakeholder input prior to finalizing the District’s School Reentry Scenarios and COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan as follows: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.  Each meeting will include a condensed overview of the Task Force recommendations and an opportunity to make public comment. 

Participants are encouraged to review the full copy of the 07.14.2020 Re-entry Task Force Board of Education Presentation Slides, and/or view the recording of the 7/14/20 Board of Education (password: 0q#E^&$v) meeting in advance of the public hearing opportunities.

Dear Northville Public Schools Families, Staff and Community,

As referenced in our  June 2020 Northville Connections newsletter, the Northville Public Schools (NPS) COVID-19 School Reentry Task Force has been meeting on a weekly basis since May, 2020 to research, develop and provide recommendations for a range of potential school re-entry scenarios, based on CDC and MDHHS guidelines to mitigate COVID-19 risks and protect the safety and wellbeing of students, families and staff members while maximizing opportunities for student learning.   The Task Force is comprised of more than 130 educators, parents, community members and several students, divided into scenario teams by level (elementary, middle, high school, Cooke, Early Childhood Education and Extended Day, and Athletics & Extracurricular), and action teams including Distance Learning, Health and Wellbeing, and Finance/Operations. 


In addition to conducting several Stakeholder Coffee Chats (parent/community and staff), considering stakeholder survey data, and reviewing federal, state and local health guidance, along with school re-entry plans from across the nation, the NPS Task Force provided an Interim Update to the Board of Education on June 23, 2020, in advance of Michigan’s anticipated release of a School Reentry Roadmap at the end of June.  The link to access the June 23, 2020 meeting in its entirety is available on the District’s website, together with the work of the NPS Task Force, Stakeholder Survey results, and links to the series of Stakeholder Input/Coffee Chat meetings that took place in June, 2020.


With the June 30, 2020, release of the MI Safe Schools:  Michigan’s 2020-21 Return to School Roadmap and Executive Order 2020-147, the Task Force has continued to finalize and align School Reentry Scenarios with the State’s requirements based on each phase of the Safe Start Plan, along with considering the extent to which each scenario addresses the recommendations included in the Return to School Roadmap, including health and safety, social and emotional wellbeing, and quality instruction.  The Task Force meets again on Monday, July 13, 2020 to finalize their report to the Board of Education.


The NPS School Reentry Task Force will present its final report to the Board of Education at the Regular Virtual Meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., with reports from Distance Learning, Safety, Health and Wellbeing, and each of the Scenario Teams.  Please note that scenarios presented will include the following for Phases 4 and/or 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan


  • Elementary:  Two full Monday through Friday (M-F) in-person return to school scenarios
  • Middle School:   A blended virtual/in-person reentry scenario and a full M-F in-person return to school scenario;
  • Northville High School:  Two blended virtual/in-person reentry scenarios and a full M-F in-person school scenario;
  • Cooke School:  Two M-F in-person return to school scenarios and a blended virtual/in-person scenario 
  • Early Childhood Education and Extended Day Program:  Current model with largely same program options with added safety protocols along with an alternative scenario and Distance Learning option.

Northville Public Schools will also provide a full Virtual Learning option for students of families who do not feel comfortable with a return to face-to-face instruction at this time, subject to MDE guidelines, along with planning for an enhanced virtual/distance learning model if necessary as a result of our region being downgraded into Phase 1, 2, or 3 of Michigan’s Safe Start Plan.  


Following the Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Board of Education meeting, the Task Force presentation will be added to the District’s School Reentry Task Force webpage.  The Board of Education has scheduled two additional meetings/public hearings for stakeholder input prior to finalizing the District’s School Reentry Scenarios and COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan as follows:



Special Call Board of Education Meeting/School Reentry Public Hearings: 

                   (Click on date links for meeting information/ access)


Wednesday, July 15, 2020                        

Virtual Zoom Webinar Meeting 

6:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Virtual Zoom Webinar Meeting

6:30 p.m.



A final decision regarding School Reentry Scenarios by the Board of Education is anticipated no earlier than the July 21, 2020 meeting, and no later than early August, in order for the District, families and staff to plan accordingly for the scenario(s) identified for each phase of Michigan’s Safe Start plan.   The District’s final plan will be detailed in a comprehensive Northville Public Schools COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan as required by Executive Order 2020-143, which requires approval by the Board of Education no later than August 15, 2020 and posting on our District website by August 17, 2020.


The NPS School Reentry Task Force, along with our NPS Leadership Team and Board of Education are continuing to monitor the emerging guidance from the federal, state, and local health and education agencies.   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

COVID-19 Re-entry Task Force Guidance Document 

This document provides the structure under which the task force operates. Included in this comprehensive guide is an overview of the NPS COVID-19 School Re-entry Task Force including background information, charge, guiding principles, district goal alignment, meeting dates and times, a timeline for board recommendation and a list of over 130 committee members. This document also houses the continuously updated resources as they become available from various agencies, states and countries around the world. The task force continues to review all safety guidelines as they consider and develop school re-entry scenarios for the Fall of 2020-2021.

Each scenario team continues to develop a variety of configurations for partial re-entries, where student class sizes would need to be significantly reduced to allow, if required, for greater social distancing and other safety requirements that would not be possible in a full student return scenario. The scenario teams have used a SWOT ( Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis allowing for a collection of thinking around an identified scenario. The links below provide insight into some of the thinking as the teams continue to work through possible scenarios.

 

ECEEDP SWOT Scenarios as of 6-22-20 

Elementary SWOT Scenarios as of 6-22-20

Middle School SWOT Scenarios as of 6-22-20

Northville High School SWOT Scenarios as of 6-22-20

Cooke School SWOT Scenarios as of 6-22-20

Coffee Chats were scheduled to answer community questions regarding the work of the Task Force and the planning for Fall, 2020-2021. During these Coffee Chats participants received an overview of the Task Force process, along with the current status of the work. Attendees asked questions or gave comments for the entire Task Force to consider during their continued planning.  The questions and comments received were compiled and grouped together by the moderator so the panelists, who are members of the NPS Re-entry Task Force, could respond.  The following live recordings are available here for your review at your convenience.


Parent/Guardian Coffee Chats:


NPS Staff Coffee Chats:

The following whole group Stakeholder surveys have been conducted and the results of those surveys are available.

NPS Distance Learning Stakeholder Survey Results, May 4, 2020

NPS Parent/Guardian Re-Entry Survey Results, 6/15/2020

Stakeholder Re-entry Survey Results, July 2020

COVID-19 Team Planning Tool.

Further descriptions of the individual task force teams can be found in this planning tool.