Coronavirus Updates & Information

Marshall Academy's COVID Response Team

Update for Families 7/17/20

Dear MA Families,


We are still monitoring the coronavirus situation carefully and following all guidelines set by our Governor and State Health Department. Currently our region of Michigan is in Phase 4 and we can start school with in-person instruction on August 24th.


However, Governor Whitmer announced Wednesday, July 15th that the current rise in cases may lead her to move sections of the state into Phase 3 (which means all schools in those areas will be virtual, no matter what). Keep up-to-date with local news to know where our region falls in the Phases, as those directly link to whether schools can be open!


At this time, Marshall Academy, if allowed for in-person instruction, will have students report 5 full days a week. We will only utilize online learning if the county moves to Phases 1-3 and schools are closed county wide.


I had a lot of questions regarding why we are not offering a virtual only option for the 20-21 school year. The same reason that many of you say you chose Marshall Academy, because we are a small school, is the same reason we can't offer multiple options. For example, as the high school English teacher, I could teach online or in-person, but both would be two jobs. I can't do two jobs. I wish I could accommodate it, we all do, but staff members cannot be expected to do two full-time jobs for the school year. Though we are retaining our amazing staff despite budget cuts, we don't have the budget to hire two of every teacher to allow for a virtual option. We can't even hire a few teachers to just teach online. If you want a virtual only option, I'm sorry to say, we cannot accommodate you this year. We hope if you choose another school this year, you will return to our family when we do become the right choice.


Remember that any safety protocols shared now are in early stages and could, and likely will with additional feedback and suggestions, change to make for the safest environment we can.


I also had a lot of questions about face masks. I've linked from the CDC on wearing cloth face masks and the MIDHHS on frequently asked questions regarding face masks. In the Return to Learn Plan from the Governor's office it seems there are medical exemptions for students. At this time, that would require a doctor to write an exemption. However, the more students/staff without masks, the less the system works. Also, if a mask does not work, consider a face shield.


I will be sending out surveys of much needed information for the team in planning, keep an eye out and fill them out as soon as possible! Thank you!


Please don't hesitate to be in touch with questions or concerns,

Leslie Katz

Coordinator - Leslie Katz (Academic Officer); Teacher Representative - Lacey Ferro (3rd grade, coach); Support Staff Representative - Kathy Swett (bus, library, classroom); Front Office - Shannon Kever (Main point of contact); Board Representation - Kasey Williams (Board President; parent); Albion Community - Wanda Kemp (Kids of Hope Community Outreach); Marshall Community - Stephanie Kimball (Fountain Clinic); Parent - Niki VanLente (Marshall); Student - William Costine (sophomore)

CDC Guidelines on Coronavirus Prevention

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Wearing a Cloth Face Covering

FAQ on Face Masks in Michigan

CACC

We still do not have information about how the CACC will function this next school year. As they formulate their plans, we will share information and updates with you as well! If you hear before us, sometimes parents know more then us in this regard, please share with me.

Phases 1- 3

Schools Closed for In-person instruction

If Calhoun County is in phases 1-3 of reopening, Marshall Academy will be closed and students will move to remote learning. Grades K-2 will utilize a parent account through Facebook, and Grades 3-12 will utilize Google Classrooms.


The team will work on resources and needed technology for families. The team is committed to equity in education.


Food services will continue with food distribution on Tuesdays.

Phase 4

School Open 5 days a week

In Phase 4 of opening (Calhoun County is currently in Phase 4), the following safety protocols will be enforced:


Staff:

Wear face coverings except when eating

Social distance from students and other staff as much as possible (6 feet)


Students:

Grades 6-12 wear face coverings

ALL students wear face coverings in hallways and on buses

Temp checks at bus stops and drop offs at school

Students still travel to art, PE, and music and have recess and lunch (with separate times for cleaning and proper social distancing in cafeteria and playground area)

Scheduled hand-washing breaks (especially before and after eating)

Limited and timed hallway travel to reduce contact with those not in cohort

MS stay in classrooms and teachers rotate

HS passing times limited and varied to reduce contact with non-cohort group

MS/HS stay on one side of gymnasium; Elementary on the other


No assemblies

No visitors

Phase 5

School Open 5 Days a Week

In Phase 5 of opening, the following safety protocols will be enforced:


Staff:

Wear face coverings when not in own classroom K-8; HS staff and others wear face masks

Social distance from students and other staff as much as possible (6 feet)


Students:

Grades 9-12 wear face coverings

Grades 6-8 wear face coverings when not in homeroom

ALL students wear face coverings in hallways and on buses

Temp checks at bus stops and drop offs at school

Students still travel to art, PE, and music and have recess and lunch (with separate times for cleaning and proper social distancing in cafeteria and playground area)

Limited and timed hallway travel to reduce contact with those not in cohort

MS/HS stay on one side of gymnasium; Elementary on the other


No assemblies

No visitors beyond services provided for students