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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

Frequently asked questions

Cleaning Plan


The school district has identified a comprehensive three-stage cleaning plan. Details about the cleaning plan can be found on this website. Click on Cleaning Plan to learn more.




Masks


  • All members of our community and visitors to our schools and offices will wear masks, wash and disinfect their hands frequently, and mind physical distancing norms.
  • Assemblies will be limited to one class only with appropriate mask-wearing protocols in place for the adults and potentially the students depending on the assembly.
  • All staff and students should wear face masks; masks may be homemade or disposable level one (basic) grade surgical masks; N95 respirators are not necessary, except for nurses and custodial staff cleaning and disinfecting an area exposed to a positive case.




Arrival & Dismissal


Arrival and dismissal plans were communicated to families by each building principal. Please contact your child's school directly if you are unsure about the process to follow each day.




Guests


We ask families and other guests to remain outside of the school building. Please use the door buzzer system or call the main office of the school building if you need assistance.




Back to School Tips


A new year is often full of optimism and new opportunities. This year, the transition back to school may present different types of challenges. These are unprecedented times. Students may be feeling eager, anxious, confused, or scared because school will look different this fall. Here are a few suggestions to consider in the weeks to come that may help you and your child feel more prepared for the transition back to school. Face Masks

  • Encourage your child to wear a face mask for a few minutes throughout the day and slowly build up to longer periods of time. Students will need them when moving throughout the building.
  • Wearing your face mask helps to normalize mask use.
  • When possible, give your child the ability to choose his/her mask each day. Finding masks made of comfortable or fun fabric may be helpful.
  • Experiment with different types of masks and see if your child has a preference. Masks that tie in the back, for example, may put less pressure on the ears and be more comfortable for kids to wear for longer periods of time.
Self-care Skills
  • To maintain the required social distancing in schools, have your child practice self-care skills so they feel confident in their independence at school.
  • Practicing shoe tying or consider velcro, jacket zipping, etc
  • Your child’s ability to access his or her lunch contents independently is also important. Poking straws through juice boxes, opening zip lock backs, lunchable lids, twistable applesauce pouch caps, etc. can be challenging for younger students and we want to limit close contact and touching food items.
Hand washing & Hygiene
  • Have your child practice hand washing for at least 20 seconds. Rubbing vigorously with soap on the tops and bottoms of hands and wrists while singing the “Happy Birthday Song” twice. Use a paper product to turn off the water.
  • Stress the importance of regular hand washing after each activity.
  • Explain the importance of limiting face touching. Play a game with your child, challenging them to not touch their face in public or see if they can catch you touching your face in public.
  • Teach your child how to cough and sneeze into their sleeve at the elbow. We call this the elephant trunk.
Labeling
  • Consider clearly labeling your child’s school supplies as sharing is not permissible with new health regulations.
  • Clearly labeling lunch boxes and water bottles, in particular, help to prevent the spread of germs.
Explain
  • For younger students, some of the new school rules may be confusing and/or scary. Take some time to talk about why the new rules like distancing have been put in place and share examples of what may be different this year. Setting expectations helps to create greater comfort for everyone.
  • Explain the importance of social distancing to your child and give them strategies that can help them maintain it in a school setting.
  • Practice what your child might say if another child accidentally gets too close.
  • Prepare your child by explaining that school may not look/feel like it normally does and give examples, so they will feel more prepared when they see these changes on the first day. (Desks farther apart, no shared school supplies, etc)
  • Explain that although the precautions may be frustrating or even annoying, they were put in place for a good reason. Listen to their concerns and reassure them that new routines are to keep them safe.




Physical, Social & Emotional Health for all Learners


SLEEP SCHEDULE
As we approach the beginning of the school year, you may want to slowly get your child back on a proper wake/sleep schedule. It takes a week or two for children to adjust to earlier bed and wake times.
CHECKING-IN
Have an open and honest conversation with your child about these unprecedented times. Ask them how they are feeling about the upcoming school year, so you can address their fears and answer their questions. Reassure them and explain that although the precautions may be frustrating or even annoying, they were put in place for a good reason. Prepare them by telling them that school may not look/feel like it normally does. Regular check-ins with your child will help you to address their social/emotional needs both before their first day and once the school year begins. ACADEMIC WARM-UP
Although we can assure you that teachers will adjust to meet your child’s specific academic level/needs when school resumes, giving your child a little academic warm-up in the weeks leading up to the start of school may be helpful and could build confidence as they start the new school year. If you haven’t already, try some pages from the summer bridge book and/or writing packet that was provided by the district. Encourage your child to read and write daily, if they aren’t already doing so. SET THE TONE
Remember that you help determine your child’s attitude towards school this year. Try to discuss your frustrations and worries away from your child. Modeling a positive attitude and teaching perseverance and flexibility will help to set your child up for success this school year.





 

DISTANCE

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

Frequently asked questions

Cleaning Plan


The school district has identified a comprehensive three-stage cleaning plan. Details about the cleaning plan can be found on this website. Click on Cleaning Plan to learn more.




Masks


  • All members of our community and visitors to our schools and offices will wear masks, wash and disinfect their hands frequently, and mind physical distancing norms.
  • Assemblies will be limited to one class only with appropriate mask-wearing protocols in place for the adults and potentially the students depending on the assembly.
  • All staff and students should wear face masks; masks may be homemade or disposable level one (basic) grade surgical masks; N95 respirators are not necessary, except for nurses and custodial staff cleaning and disinfecting an area exposed to a positive case.




Arrival & Dismissal


Arrival and dismissal plans were communicated to families by each building principal. Please contact your child's school directly if you are unsure about the process to follow each day.




Guests


We ask families and other guests to remain outside of the school building. Please use the door buzzer system or call the main office of the school building if you need assistance.




Back to School Tips


A new year is often full of optimism and new opportunities. This year, the transition back to school may present different types of challenges. These are unprecedented times. Students may be feeling eager, anxious, confused, or scared because school will look different this fall. Here are a few suggestions to consider in the weeks to come that may help you and your child feel more prepared for the transition back to school. Face Masks

  • Encourage your child to wear a face mask for a few minutes throughout the day and slowly build up to longer periods of time. Students will need them when moving throughout the building.
  • Wearing your face mask helps to normalize mask use.
  • When possible, give your child the ability to choose his/her mask each day. Finding masks made of comfortable or fun fabric may be helpful.
  • Experiment with different types of masks and see if your child has a preference. Masks that tie in the back, for example, may put less pressure on the ears and be more comfortable for kids to wear for longer periods of time.
Self-care Skills
  • To maintain the required social distancing in schools, have your child practice self-care skills so they feel confident in their independence at school.
  • Practicing shoe tying or consider velcro, jacket zipping, etc
  • Your child’s ability to access his or her lunch contents independently is also important. Poking straws through juice boxes, opening zip lock backs, lunchable lids, twistable applesauce pouch caps, etc. can be challenging for younger students and we want to limit close contact and touching food items.
Hand washing & Hygiene
  • Have your child practice hand washing for at least 20 seconds. Rubbing vigorously with soap on the tops and bottoms of hands and wrists while singing the “Happy Birthday Song” twice. Use a paper product to turn off the water.
  • Stress the importance of regular hand washing after each activity.
  • Explain the importance of limiting face touching. Play a game with your child, challenging them to not touch their face in public or see if they can catch you touching your face in public.
  • Teach your child how to cough and sneeze into their sleeve at the elbow. We call this the elephant trunk.
Labeling
  • Consider clearly labeling your child’s school supplies as sharing is not permissible with new health regulations.
  • Clearly labeling lunch boxes and water bottles, in particular, help to prevent the spread of germs.
Explain
  • For younger students, some of the new school rules may be confusing and/or scary. Take some time to talk about why the new rules like distancing have been put in place and share examples of what may be different this year. Setting expectations helps to create greater comfort for everyone.
  • Explain the importance of social distancing to your child and give them strategies that can help them maintain it in a school setting.
  • Practice what your child might say if another child accidentally gets too close.
  • Prepare your child by explaining that school may not look/feel like it normally does and give examples, so they will feel more prepared when they see these changes on the first day. (Desks farther apart, no shared school supplies, etc)
  • Explain that although the precautions may be frustrating or even annoying, they were put in place for a good reason. Listen to their concerns and reassure them that new routines are to keep them safe.




Physical, Social & Emotional Health for all Learners


SLEEP SCHEDULE
As we approach the beginning of the school year, you may want to slowly get your child back on a proper wake/sleep schedule. It takes a week or two for children to adjust to earlier bed and wake times.
CHECKING-IN
Have an open and honest conversation with your child about these unprecedented times. Ask them how they are feeling about the upcoming school year, so you can address their fears and answer their questions. Reassure them and explain that although the precautions may be frustrating or even annoying, they were put in place for a good reason. Prepare them by telling them that school may not look/feel like it normally does. Regular check-ins with your child will help you to address their social/emotional needs both before their first day and once the school year begins. ACADEMIC WARM-UP
Although we can assure you that teachers will adjust to meet your child’s specific academic level/needs when school resumes, giving your child a little academic warm-up in the weeks leading up to the start of school may be helpful and could build confidence as they start the new school year. If you haven’t already, try some pages from the summer bridge book and/or writing packet that was provided by the district. Encourage your child to read and write daily, if they aren’t already doing so. SET THE TONE
Remember that you help determine your child’s attitude towards school this year. Try to discuss your frustrations and worries away from your child. Modeling a positive attitude and teaching perseverance and flexibility will help to set your child up for success this school year.





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.

LEARNING AT HOME


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

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