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2020-2021 School Year

Teaching & Learning

Each day, we hope to see all of our students for in-person teaching and learning, but we know that may look a bit different in 2020-2021, depending on the conditions of COVID-19.

Aligning with the

MIchigan SAFE START Phases

Phases 1-3

Distance Teaching & Learning

Uncontrolled growth, persistent spread, or flattening.

Phases 4 & 5

possible In-person teaching & Learning

Phase 4: Improving: This phase occurs when the number of new cases and deaths has fallen for a period of time, but overall case levels are still high.

Phase 5: Containing: During the Containing phase, new cases and deaths continue to decrease for an additional period of time.

Phases 4 & 5

In-Person Teaching & Learning



Teaching & Learning from a

If the Governor closes school buildings, we will move to a distance learning model, maintaining safety, academic standards, and social connections through digital interactions.

Phases 1-3

Distance Teaching & Learning

Preparing for Distance Learning

If the Governor moves our area into Phases 1-3, all schools - public, private, charter, and parochial - will be closed. In Bloomfield Hills Schools, we are ready for this possibility. If the Governor or the Board of Education closes school buildings, we will move our teaching and learning to "Distance Learning," which will allow us to progress in our teaching and learning goals while remaining safely at home.

Distance learning is quite different from what was experienced in the spring through the Continuous Learning Plan 2.0.  With better guidance from the state, Distance Learning will include the following:

  • Attendance: student’s online attendance will be monitored and tracked on a daily basis.

  • Student Work: Teachers will assess the quality of student work and provide feedback to students and families. Students will self-assess the quality of work, reflect on teacher feedback, and learning progress.

  • Teachers will facilitate standards-aligned instruction with required activities, experiences, and assessments.  

  • Each student’s classroom teacher will create synchronous and asynchronous learning that promotes student engagement, is delivered consistently, and provides differentiation.

  • Specialist teachers curriculum and activities will enhance the student learning experience through interdisciplinary connections and collaboration.

  • Open communication with parents and guardians, via a variety of channels, with COVID-related supports including but not limited to information on:

    • Understanding normal behavioral response to crises

    • How to destigmatize COVID-19. 

    • General best practices of talking through trauma with children. 

    • Positive self-care strategies that promote health and wellness.


Based on Feedback from students, staff, and families, we have worked on updates over the summer to our at-home learning plan to include:

  • More live/direct (synchronous) instruction

  • Attendance taken

  • Access to materials and progress/grades

  • Revised daily schedule

  • Students maintain relationships with peers and teachers, while learning fully from home

  • Students and families will have complete access to class resources, progress, and grades

  • The same rigorous and engaging teaching and learning families expect from Bloomfield Hills Schools