The Oak Park Advantage
Back to School 2021
First Day of School - August 30, 2021
Monday, Aug. 30th, 8am-3pm
Oak Park, MI, USA
Oak Park, MI
WELCOME BACK! BACK TO SCHOOL 2021-2022
Dear Oak Park Families and Staff Community,
We hope you have had a summer break that included some rest for yourself, community with loved ones, and time to reflect on the past year...our very different year together. As a department, we are eager to meet those who are new and reunite with everyone who is returning. This past week our point of pride was the District Wide Professional Development. Hundreds of teachers and staff from across the district came together to learn in person. We ask our staff to help inform our practice by completing this survey. Thank you to all of our presenters and awesome participants! Our professional learning community will continue to thrive in the upcoming year, and we are excited for all of the learning opportunities that will take place for staff, families and students!
On Monday August 30th, 2021 we are especially excited to welcome back our students! In the 2021-2022 school year, Oak Park Schools is fully committed to returning to a traditional learning model whereby students attend school in person and follow a traditional bell schedule. We know and understand that a few of our families may have unique circumstances. For this reason based on family requests, we were able to accommodate Grades 3-Grades 12 with a virtual section by grade or by content area. We are equally excited to welcome back our students who will be joining us virtually!
While our Virtual Classes are extremely limited, please see our timeline and flyer for Virtual Class Placement and know that we are doing everything we can to accommodate our learning community!
Grades 3-5 ONLY Request for Virtual-to-In Person Learning
Click Link to Complete Request Form: https://tinyurl.com/inpersonrequest
Deadline: Friday, September 10, 2021
Grades 3-5 ONLY Request for Virtual Waiting List
Virtual Learning Wait List
Click to Link Complete Request Form: https://tinyurl.com/opsvirtual
Families will be notified of Virtual availability by District Office by Friday, September 17th
Grades 6-12 Notification of Virtual Availability & Request for Virtual-to-In Person Learning
Contact your child’s school building for more information.
Grades 6-12 Families: Will be notified by School Principals no later than September 17th
As I enter my second year serving as your Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, I am looking forward to connecting with each of our students and families. This year, the gift of having students in the building and events for our families throughout the year is something I am incredibly excited about. The gift of knowing that we can build community online, warms my heart as we do everything we can to be inclusive for students and families receiving instruction online.
It is the mission of the Office of Teaching and Learning to connect with and get to know as many students, families and staff members as we build and create a shared narrative of learning and success! Cheers to the 2021-2022 School Year!
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Oak Park Schools
CW 50 DETROIT HONORS OPS ASD TEACHER OMOTOLA OLUWOLE
OPS TECHNOLOGY - DEVICE REPAIRS & EXCHANGES
Dear Oak Park Families,
If you have a student device at home that needs to be repaired or exchanged, we are asking that you please place a service request with the Oakland Schools Service Desk. Please describe the nature of the issue your device is experiencing.
Oakland Schools Service Desk
Online Ticket submission/LiveChat: Create service ticket
We will have Office Hours beginning Tuesday September 7th, at the times and location below for you to be able to come and exchange your device. We will be offering two free repairs per student. After two repairs there will be a cost associated.
Oak Park, MI 48327
Near the corner of Granzon and Parklawn, see map below. Please come to the door where it is labeled, Device Exchange. Look for signs that says, Device Exchange
If you are new to Oak Park Schools and do not yet have a device at home, these will be distributed at your students school, the week of September 13th.
Oak Park Technology Team
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Improvements to Michigan’s Bridge Card system to cause temporary shutdown
LANSING, Mich. – Michiganders who use Bridge Cards to buy food or use cash assistance benefits will be unable to do so late Saturday and early Sunday while a system upgrade is implemented that will provide easier access to benefits.
The Bridge Card system will be down from approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday to 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Residents who receive food assistance, cash assistance and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) benefits loaded on the Electronic Benefit Transfer cards will not be able to redeem them during those hours. They can use the same cards beginning again at 9:30 a.m. Sunday without any effect on their benefits.
“The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is constantly working to make it easier for our clients to access public assistance benefits,” said Lew Roubal, senior deputy director for opportunity. “System changes will allow food and cash assistance customers to use a mobile app that has not previously been available. We apologize for any inconvenience and chose a timeframe with low Bridge Card activity to make this transition.”
System upgrades involve a switch to Fidelity Information Systems (FIS), a Florida-based technology services company, which will be the new electronic benefit transfer provider for MDHHS. The system needs to be shut down during the transition from the previous vendor.
“Fidelity Information Systems was selected through a competitive bidding process that determined the company’s system provided the best features and value for Michigan residents,” Roubal said.
Bridge Card holders will continue to use the www.michigan.gov/MIBridges website and call the toll-free number on the back of their card.
Clients who are interested in viewing their account status and transaction data online will be required to create a profile on the Food and Nutrition Service cardholder site.
Food and cash assistance clients can access the new ebtEDGE mobile app for use on Android devices in the Google store or IOS devices in the Apple store. WIC clients already have had access to a mobile app.
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OAK PARK SCHOOLS 2021-2022 STUDENT DRESS CODE PILOT
In December 2019, the Oak Park School District Board of Education adopted new policies. Board of Education policies are guidelines adopted by the Board of Education under which our school district operates.
Board Policy 2006 - Behavior on Student Appearance states: Students´ dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency.
Throughout a series of meetings with students, administrators and district-wide attendance committee members, concerns were expressed about our previous standardized dress code (2-3 color approved pants/shirts) stifling the freedom of expression, inconsistently enforced, contributing to unnecessary conflicts among students and staff and a contributing factor to student absenteeism. Additionally, there is research that supports dress codes contribute to inequities among students.
Thank you to all of the students, families and staff who responded to the dress code survey. The survey closed on August 1, 2021. Over 82% of all respondents indicated that they are “in favor of students wearing what they choose to school as long as it is not offensive or inappropriate”. As a result, we have decided to pilot the dress code guidelines below for the 2021-2022 school year for students in PK-12 grade. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s building principal or assistant principal. Please see the Oak Park School Dress Code Guidelines below. Again, thank you! We are looking forward to a great school year!
Oak Park Schools 2021-2022 Student Dress Code Pilot
The Oak Park Schools Board of Education Policy 2006 states, students’ dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching and learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency.
The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s). The District is responsible for ensuring that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student.
Further, dress code enforcement and/or classmates must not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size. Any restrictions to the way a student dresses must be necessary to support the overall educational goals of the school and explained within these dress code guidelines.
1. Basic Principle: Specific body parts must be covered for all students at all times.
Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts, and navel are fully covered with opaque fabric. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.
2. Students Must Wear*, while following the basic principle of Section 1 above:
- A Shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms), AND
- Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts) that cover at least one-third of the student’s legs, AND
*Courses that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking, and job readiness) may include assignment-specific dress, but should not focus on covering bodies in a particular way or promoting culturally-specific attire. Activity-specific shoe requirements are permitted (for example, athletic shoes for PE).
3. Students May Wear, as long as these items do not violate Section 1 above:
- Hats must allow the face to be visible to staff, and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff.
- Religious headwear
- Hoodie sweatshirts (whole face must be exposed)
- Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans”
- School/District Spirit Wear
- Ripped jeans, (rips must be below the knee only and not expose underwear or buttocks)
- Athletic attire
- Visible waistbands on undergarments or visible straps on undergarments worn under other clothing (as long as this is done in a way that does not violate Section 1 above).
4. Students Cannot Wear:
- Violent language or images of weapons.
- Images or language depicting drugs, alcohol or vaping (or any illegal item or activity).
- Hate speech, profanity, pornography.
- Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.
- Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and visible straps are allowed).
- Ripped jeans (above the knee)
- Tank tops, including spaghetti straps; halter tops
- Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon.
- Any item that obscures the face or ears (except as a religious observance).
5. Dress Code Enforcement
To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently using the requirements below. School administration and staff shall not have discretion to vary the requirements in ways that lead to discriminatory enforcement.
- Students will only be removed from spaces, hallways, or classrooms as a result of a dress code violation as outlined in Sections 1 and 4 above. Students in violation of Section 1 and/or 4 will be provided three (3) options to be dressed more to code during the school day:
- Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day. This clothing will not contribute to shaming or embarrassment.
- Students will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.
- If necessary, students’ parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.
- No student should be affected by dress code enforcement because of racial identity, sex assigned at birth, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type, or body maturity.
- Students should not be shamed or required to display their body in front of others (students, parents, or staff) in school. “Shaming” includes, but is not limited to:
- kneeling or bending over to check attire fit;
- asking students to account for their attire in the classroom or in hallways in front of others;
- calling out students in spaces, in hallways, or in classrooms about perceived dress code violations in front of others; in particular, directing students to correct sagged pants that do not expose the entire undergarment, or confronting students about visible bra straps, since visible waistbands and straps on undergarments are permitted; and,
- accusing students of “distracting” other students with their clothing.
These dress code guidelines shall apply to regular school days and summer school days, as well as any school-related events and activities, such as graduation ceremonies, dances and prom.
If a student needs District-approved clothing, please contact a trusted adult at your school and arrangements will be made to assist with providing gently used clothing and/or laundering. If students or families have any questions, please contact your school principal or assistant principal.
OAKLAND COUNTY HEALTH DIVISION WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS
One by one, get the #COVID19 vaccine! Residents 12+, Oakland County Health Division offers all vaccines needed for students.
Walk-in clinics: OaklandCountyVaccine.com
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
North Oakland Health Center
1200 N Telegraph, Bldg 34E Pontiac
South Oakland Health Center
27725 Greenfield Rd. Southfield
2021-22 SCHOOL HEALTH LETTER
The Oak Park School District has established School Health procedures to ensure optimal health and safety during school hours. The Board of Education has adopted Board Policy
2007- Health and Safety, regarding school health, immunizations, administration of medication and other health and safety protocols. The policy states that, “Except otherwise specifically provided by law, the Board requires that all students be properly immunized, not later than the first day of school.” All medical emergency plans and medications needed during school hours require proper authorization for intake, storage, distribution and disposal.
Medication administration during school hours will be permitted only when:
· Failure to do so will jeopardize the health of a student.
· The student would not be able to attend school if the medication or treatment were not made available during school hours.
· The child is disabled and requires medication to benefit his/her educational program.
If your child requires medication, prescription or non-prescription, during school hours, the school must have consent from a doctor. District personnel cannot accept medication or administer medication without documentation from a physician.
Medication must be in its original container, labeled with your child’s name and proper dosage. The school cannot supply non-prescription medication (i.e. cough drops, Tylenol, Motrin, etc.). If your child requires non-prescription medication during the school day, proper authorization is required to be on file. Parents are responsible for checking the need for medication refills and supplying the refills to the school in a timely manner.
In addition to administration of medication, some students require a health plan to provide optimal support for medical concerns such as asthma, allergies, seizures, etc. If your child requires a health plan beginning August 30, 2021 please visit the website https://www.oakparkschools.org/community-parents/school-health-k-12/ or contact your school for the proper authorization forms. All health plans expire at the close of the current school year. A new authorized health plan must be submitted prior to the start of each school year.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school, or the District Nurse, Vanessa Long at (248) 342-9944 email@example.com.
ONLINE ANNUAL INFORMATION UPDATE
In order to make sure we have the most up-to-date information for you and your child(ren), we are requesting that you complete the Annual Information Update process through Parent Connect beginning August 2, 2021. To make this process easier, we have made it possible for you to complete this on your phone, tablet, or computer.
Student schedules will not be viewable in Parent Connect until the registration process has been completed. This needs to be completed by ALL Oak Park students.
To access the Annual Information Update area, login to Parent Connect here. Once you are logged in, look in the upper right-hand corner for “Annual Information Update” in red ink. Click on the link and it will start the process for you.
After clicking that link, look along the right side, the steps are in red. Once you have completed the process, these will turn green. At each step please verify that the information we have is correct. You will be able to update your contact information, add/delete emergency contacts and acknowledge/approve receipt of various documents.
If you have moved, you will be able to enter a change of address; however, proof of residency documents will need to be uploaded. Once we verify receipt of the required documents, we will update the residential address. In the case of a split-household, one parent cannot change or view the information of the other parent. Each parent must login using their pin and password and update their own information.
Click the “Need Your Login Information'' link below the login button on the Parent Connect page if you do not remember your pin and password information. You will be prompted to enter the email address you provided when you registered your child(ren). If still unable to login, please contact the main office of your child’s school for further assistance.
Building Phone Number
- Oak Park High School (248) 336-7740
- Oak Park Preparatory Academy (248) 336-7620
- Einstein Elementary (248) 336-7640
- Key Elementary (248) 336-7610
- Pepper Elementary (248) 336-7680
- NOVA Academy (248) 336-7650
Oak Park Schools Enrollment Office
DOWNLOAD THE OAK PARK MOBILE APP TODAY!
Oak Park Schools is excited to announce the release of a mobile app designed specifically to keep our families better informed and connected to what’s going on in our schools.
The new Oak Park Schools mobile app for both Apple and Android devices will keep you connected while you are on the go. The app is FREE and available for download today!
The app will deliver real time school news to your smart-device for fast, up-to-date access. With the app you can:
- Get the latest district and school news
- Select the schools you want to follow
- Get push notifications about breaking news, closures, weather, events, and more
- See the latest photos from school events
- Tap to see school locations, phone numbers, and staff information
Download the new app in 3 easy steps:
From a smart-device, go to the iTunes App Store® or Google Play®
Search Oak Park Schools
Then select the “Oak Park Schools” app for free download
School news in the palm of your hand, your new Oak Park Schools mobile app is just a few taps away. Download it today!
WHY OAK PARK?
Our mission is to provide a quality education that promotes respect for the individual and cultural differences of students and provides college and career readiness skills to become lifelong learners and productive citizens.
The Oak Park School District’s nearly 4,500 students are served at Einstein, Key and Pepper elementary schools (grades PreK-5), the Oak Park Preparatory Academy (grades 6-8), , Oak Park High School (grades 9 -12), NOVA (grades 3-12) the Oak Park Alternative Education Center (ages 16-19 years old) and My Virtual Academy of Oak Park (grades 5-12) in Oak Park, MI in Oakland County located in a suburban community near Detroit with approximately 30,000 residents. Our district consists of over 450 staff members, including 250 teachers and 11 building administrators.
Our school district boasts an abundance of educational and co/extra-curricular programs to meet the needs of a vast array of learners from Pre-K through twelfth grade. We encourage students to challenge themselves academically, explore comprehensive course offerings, and take risks to discover their individual gifts. We are dedicated to providing an intellectually challenging educational experience in safe, nurturing school environments that thrive on cultivating and empowering students to be their authentic selves. In addition, our academic and co/extra-curricular opportunities provide agency and shape self-identity, which are critical components to the adolescent development process.
Oak Park Advantage
The Oak Park Advantage is a holistic approach to education that not only prepares students academically, fosters a sense of belonging but creates long-lasting connections to the Oak Park community. While attending Oak Park Schools, students develop a confidence that is woven throughout their post-secondary, professional and social-emotional well-being years after they graduate.
Contact an Oak Park School District principal and take a tour! Get the Oak Park Advantage!
Our 2020 Goals
Maintain dynamic, healthy, and safe learning environments that inspire unlimited equitable opportunities for optimal classroom instruction to increase student achievement.
Implement ongoing transparent best practices to reduce operating costs to create opportunities to invest in human capital and professional learning, sustain quality facilities, establish a healthier organizational culture, and ensure fiscal stability.
Strategically design and implement organizational systems to increase efficiency, boost productivity to allow staff and students to focus entirely on student learning and social-emotional well-being.
Review and refresh curricular needs and resources employing planned adoption schedules based on current research with technology integration for classroom instruction.
Operate collaboratively district-wide and abandon ineffective silos.