Questions/Answers About the 2020-21 Academic Year

  1. Will the Vikings Online program be more structured than what it was this spring?
  1. Yes; this online program is more structured and rigorous than what was done last spring.

  1. Will the at home children be receiving the same curriculum as the in person students?
  1. Yes and no; students in the Vikings Online program will be exposed to similar curriculum content that is aligned to national, state, and district standards.  However, the materials used will be different than what our teachers will be using during regular face-to-face instruction.

  1. If we decide to move back to in person will space be available for my child(ren)?
  1. Yes

  1. If we send our kiddos back into the classroom but some of the new expectations such as masks all day become too much or a major distraction do we have the option to then pull them and enter them into the online only program?
  1. Yes; you may also return to face-to-face instruction any time.

  1. Are elementary school students going back full time?
  1. Unless otherwise directed no to do so by the governor, the District fully plans to return to full-time face-to-face learning this fall.

  1. And are they required to wear masks full time?
  1. Facial coverings must be worn in classrooms by all students grades 6-12.  Also, facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals.  Any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering, must not wear one; however, that District asks that any medical documentation be provided to us).  Moreover, any student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one.  Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.

  1. Is there any news about what will be happening with the begindergarten program?
  1. The District’s begindergarten program will continue as planned this fall.

  1. So far what is the plan for the school year?
  1. The District has assembled a Return-2-Learn committee of parents and staff.  The committee will be developing a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan laying out how the District will cope with the virus across the various phases of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.  This plan will be presented to the Board of Education for approval on Thursday, August 13, 2020 and released to the public on Friday, August 14, 2020.

  1. Can my child do schooling from home?
  1. Yes; if you are reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, you may register them for the Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).

  1. If we’re uncomfortable with our child returning to school, can he continue remote learning?
  1. Yes; if you are reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, you may register them for the Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).

  1. Is a face shield an acceptable face cover?
  1. No; according to the Health Department, a plastic face shield is not considered to be a sufficient face covering.

  1. How are you justifying bringing children back into a school when the entire country is about to go on lockdown again due to the high case numbers and deaths that are happening. These preventative measures that you lined out have already been in place and people are not following them. What’s your justification for putting teachers and students at risk they don’t need to be?
  1. The District is obligated to comply with and follow directives given from the governor’s office and State of Michigan.

  1. If we chose to send our kids and it doesn’t work for them after a few days or maybe weeks can we switch to virtual learning?
  1. Yes; if you are reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, you may register them for the Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).

  1. Are you prepared for another shut down if that happens so that it will be an easier process than the past one?
  1. The District is prepared for another shutdown; we anticipate things will be easier than last year.

  1. Will my student have to wear a mask if phase 5 is reached?
  1. Facial coverings will be reconsidered by the District, once we get to Phase 5.

  1. Are kids going back face to face or virtual?
  1. Parents have the choice to send their child(ren) back to school face-to-face or virtually.

  1. If students do not attend in-person learning at the start, will there be an opportunity for them to join later in the year?
  1. Yes; students may return to face-to-face learning in our schools at any time.

  1. If my student starts with face to face instruction and after a week can not take wearing a mask can they transfer to the online learning?
  1. Yes.

  1. Please be logical about the choices you make for these kids.  Breathing in our own carbon dioxide is more dangerous than wearing unfiltered masks.
  1. This is a myth: prolonged use of any face mask, including the N95 respirator, has not been shown to cause carbon dioxide toxicity or lack of adequate oxygen in healthy people. For some persons with severe chronic lung disease, wearing a mask may make breathing more difficult, but not because of CO2 retention (see https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news-you-asked-we-answered/does-prolonged-wearing-facemask-cause-harm).

  1. I understand that the children have to wear masks while in class rather in school, but in order to obey the six foot rule how are the classrooms going to be accommodated for that in each classroom?
  1.  Classroom desks will be lined up in rows 3’-6’ away from one another; desks will also be orientated in the same direction so as to reduce possible exposure of the virus.

  1. Will my immunodeficient child who is starting kindergarten have the option of switching to virtual classes if the situation gets worse?
  1. Yes; if you are reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, you may register them for our Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).

  1. How will the online program work? Before making a decision as to which is better for my children I need more info on how the schedule works for online programs. Will they check in on their Chromebook at certain times, will it be pre recorded classes, just some more info on that would be appreciated.
  1. As indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. If they do attend school, what activities and classes will not be allowed such as band, gym, etc.?
  1. All classes are being allowed, but will require some adjustments as necessary.

  1. How will their lunch time go as well?
  1. Meals will be provided; some will be consumed in classrooms, while others will be in building cafeterias.  Safe building-level plans pertaining to breakfast/lunch are currently being developed in preparation for this fall; more information will be shared as we approach the first week of school.

  1. Has MPS committed to both an online school year and in person school year option? Meaning, there won't be a split schedule this year will there?
  1. The District is expecting to open this fall with face-to-face instruction in all of its schools; for those reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, they may register them for our Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).  Furthermore, the District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District believes strongly that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and its families.

  1. When will we know who our child's teacher is?
  1. Information about your child(ren)’s teacher(s) will be provided by the building administrator before the beginning of the academic year.

  1. Will kids be spaced 6 feet apart?
  1. Students will be spaced between 3’-6’ feet apart on a consistent basis during the school day.

  1. Will there be band?
  1. All classes are being permitted, including vocal music and band, but will require some adjustments as necessary.

  1. Will the teachers be switching classes or kids? Will they go Monday thru Friday?
  1. Students will platoon to and from classes while wearing face masks; classes will be Monday thru Friday as outlined in the 2020-21 academic calendar (see https://www.marysville.k12.mi.us/downloads/district_forms/2020-21_instructional_calendar.pdf).

  1. Will children and staff be temperature checked with no touch thermometers upon entering school.
  1. Families are encouraged to check their child’s temperature at home every morning using oral, tympanic, or temporal scanners; students with a temperature of 100.4 or greater should stay home and consider coronavirus testing if symptoms of COVID-19 are present.  Staff should conduct daily self-examinations, including a temperature check, prior to coming to work. If they exhibit any respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms, or have a temperature of 100.4 or greater, they should stay home.

  1. What is the plan in the event someone becomes covid positive?
  1. All confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be handled by the Health Department on a case-by-case basis; consequently, the District will follow all guidelines set forth by the department.

  1. How will the high school address social distancing with the students changing classes? Will they be in school 5 days a week?
  1. Facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by high school students in the building except for during meals; classes will be Monday thru Friday as outlined in the 2020-21 academic calendar (see https://www.marysville.k12.mi.us/downloads/district_forms/2020-21_instructional_calendar.pdf).

  1. When will you tell parents the plan for in person classes or virtual classes?
  1. The District’s plan will be presented to the Board of Education for approval on Thursday, August 13, 2020 and released to the public on Friday, August 14, 2020 (pending Board approval).

  1. How will remote learning work and how available will it be?
  1. As indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. Will there be a completely virtual learning option for the entire year?
  1. Yes; Vikings Online.

  1. Are you considering a hybrid option (two days face-to-face/two days virtual/one day off to clean the school, with only half the students attending at any given time)?
  1. No.

  1. Is the online curriculum going to be the same curriculum as the face-to-face?
  1. Yes and no; students in the Vikings Online program will be exposed to similar curriculum content through Vikings Online that is aligned to national, state, and district standards.  However, the materials used will be different than what our teachers will be using during regular face-to-face instruction.

  1. Will online learning programs be taught by Marysville teachers or a 3rd party company?
  1. The Vikings Online program is the same as our credit recovery and e-Learning programs at the middle/high school levels; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).    More information will be coming on this by the end of the week.  NOTE: This online option is the same as what other districts have been promoting in St. Clair County.

  1. Will there be a blended schedule to reduce the amount of students in class (ex 1 week in class, 1 week virtual)?
  1. No; the District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. Our son will be in 3rd grade, will masks be required?
  1. Facial coverings must be worn in classrooms by all students grades 6-12.  Also, facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals.  Any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering, must not wear one; however, that District asks that any medical documentation be provided to us.  Moreover, any student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one.  Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.

  1. Will latchkey be offered?
  1. Yes.

  1. Are masks required to be worn by special needs students?  What if the student is nonverbal and refuses to wear one.
  1. Guidance for students with significant disabilities preventing the use of facial coverings will be forthcoming from MDE.  Until then, facial coverings must be worn in classrooms by all students grades 6-12.  Also, facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals.  Any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering, must not wear one; however, that District asks that any medical documentation be provided to us.  Moreover, any student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one.  Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.

  1. My child will be in 6th grade, while they are sitting in class, is it required for them to wear a face covering or only in class transition?
  1. Facial coverings must be worn in classrooms by all students grades 6-12.  Also, facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals.  Any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering, must not wear one; however, that District asks that any medical documentation be provided to us.  Moreover, any student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one.  Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.

  1. Why are grades pre-K thru 5th not required to wear masks in class like the 6-12 students are?  Or is the classroom considered a common area and they will have to wear masks also?  Is there going to be split weeks for students, meaning they have class in school and at home?
  1. Facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals.  If social distancing and cohorting is practiced and enforced, facial coverings for students in grades preK-5 are encouraged but not required.  The District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. If cases rise and schools need to be shut down again, will classes continue on with the virtual format?
  1. Yes.

  1. When is freshman orientation?
  1. MHS Freshmen/New Student Orientation will be on Monday, August 31, 2020 @ 7:00 PM (Performing Arts Center); please see Dr. Wightman’s letter for more back to school information at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cOk5n5hk7fZzwyc_wCzO67-FsHrA5VsH/view?usp=sharing.

  1. If there is a hybrid schedule for the district, especially elementary schools, would the district keep siblings on the same hybrid schedule?  Such as both children go Monday and Tuesday, rest of week online schedule or both children go in the morning if it is a half day schedule.
  1. The District is expecting to open this fall with face-to-face instruction in all of its schools; for those reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, they may register them for our Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).  Furthermore, the District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. Will wearing a mask while riding the bus be mandatory for elementary school aged children?
  1. Yes; while in Phase 4, facial coverings must be worn by preK-12 students, staff, and bus drivers during school transportation.  Any staff or student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering must not wear one.  Any staff or student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one.  Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.  While in Phase 5, the abovementioned is highly recommended, but not required.

  1. If I enroll my children in virtual learning, will they be able to return in person if things change mid school year?
  1. Yes; students may transition to face-to-face learning at any time.

  1. What options are available for children who are medically unable to wear a mask all day.  Is there free online schooling?
  1. Yes; as indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. Who will be teaching the Viking Online program, are these Marysville teachers?  What is the platform being used?  Should we choose the online option can we “opt back in” mid year should the current state we are in change?  Do the students who opt to do online still have an opportunity to take advanced classes?  So many questions and I know you're doing your best during these challenging and constantly changing times.  Why did the Vikings Online get posted with no information to follow?  I’d like to continue supporting our local district, but as a parent, I need to have solid plans in place for my children which may mean purchasing items through a different program and that may take some time to come in and implement. The sooner you come out with plans the better our district will be.
  1. As indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. How many hours per day will be expected for the online program and which platform will be used for elementary level?  Will they have scheduled meetings with the teachers?
  1. The amount of hours per day is dependent upon the class and grade level of the student; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).   

  1. Will Marysville teachers be instructing virtual learning classes, or will it be outsourced?
  1. The Vikings Online program is the same as our credit recovery and e-Learning programs at the middle/high school levels; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).

  1. If I enroll my child in Vikings Online, will he have the opportunity to return to school at any time?  Or will he have to remain in online schooling for the entire year.
  1. Yes; students may return to face-to-face learning at any time.

  1. What will Viking Online look like?  Would it mirror the remote learning from last year?  Would it be more interactive?
  1. The Vikings Online program is the same as our credit recovery and e-Learning programs at the middle/high school levels; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).

  1. What will the safety precautions be for in person instruction?
  1. Safety measures will be outlined in the detail on Friday, August 14, 2020 when the District posts its COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

  1. Will you be able to keep class sizes small?
  1. Yes and no; class sizes will vary from grade to grade and class to class; some will be small and others larger.

  1. Will you be providing masks?
  1. The District will have masks available in buildings for those needing one.  Nonetheless, we are recommending that parents strongly provide a comfortable face covering for their child(ren), such as a gaiter face mask.  This garment can easily be placed around your child(ren)’s neck and raised/lowered as needed.  They are also easily washed and reusable. 

  1. What is the format, style and plan for the virtual learning option?
  1. The Vikings Online program is the same as our credit recovery and e-Learning programs at the middle/high school levels; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).

  1. Will there be actual teacher instruction or just computer work to be completed each week?
  1. A hybrid of both.

  1.  If we move to in person instruction what is the plan for if a student tests positive?
  1. All confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be handled by the Health Department on a case-by-case basis; consequently, the District will follow all guidelines set forth by the department.

  1.   Will the school go on quarantine?
  1. This decision will be made by Dr. Wightman after consulting with the St. Clair County Health Department.  Again, all confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be handled by the Health Department on a case-by-case basis; consequently, the District will follow all guidelines set forth by the department. 

  1. Will all students need to be tested?
  1. No.

  1.   What support are you providing for social/emotional and mental health?
  1. The District will continue to utilize its counselors and social workers to provide students with social/emotional and mental health support.

  1.   Will a guidance counselor be on staff?
  1. Yes; they will be available at our middle and high schools.

  1. Social worker?
  1. Yes; all buildings.

  1. Will you finally have a school nurse who is equipped to analyze sick students and make the call on if they need to go home or get tested, etc.?
  1. This is something the District is considering, but hasn’t made an official decision yet.

  1. Can my child do online school for the school portion and still attend Tec as normal?
  1. Yes.

  1. I signed my daughter up for online school.  What do I do next?
  1. As indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. Is there a deadline for online enrollment?  Also if your child does one option (i.e., in person learning, etc.), but then wants to do the other (online) or vice versa, are they able to switch during the year?
  1. The deadline for online learning is Friday, August 28, 2020.  You may also return to face-to-face instruction any time.

  1. When will we know for sure if and when school is starting?
  1. At this time, the official start date remains the same for all students, which is Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

  1. Will there be a possibility for a hybrid option? For parents who think their children need to be in school to receive extra support but would like to limit days in school?  This is what I would like to see, it’s the best of both worlds.
  1. The District is expecting to open this fall with face-to-face instruction in all of its schools; for those reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, they may register them for our Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).  Furthermore, the District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. Students who receive speech supports; will they be pulled from the classroom separately?  Will all materials and table space used in the area for speech services be sanitized between each child’s use?
  1. Speech and other specialized programs will be done in classrooms; all materials will be sanitized before each child’s use.

  1. What will the typical school day look like?  Will they be allowed to do small groups, play normal outside, all gather on carpet for large group instruction? How will you keep students 6 feet apart in the classroom?
  1. School days will be kept as normal as possible.  However, proper social distancing, between 3’-6’, will be imposed whenever feasible.  Playground use will reflect students will be

 

  1. I have experiences with teachers not requiring hand washing prior to lunch (and my child was sick often that year)?  How will you supervise teachers following frequent hand washing procedures during the day?
  1. The District will provide adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors (including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol for safe use by staff and students, paper towels, tissues, and signs reinforcing proper handwashing techniques).  Moreover, during Phase 4, staff members will teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or the safe use of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  Likewise, students and teachers will have scheduled handwashings with soap and water every 2-3 hours during Phases 4 and 5.

  1. Will all technology items be sanitized properly by teachers, not students, between sharing of those items (iPads, computers)?  From what I hear, iPads are shared between classrooms in grade levels.
  1. Yes.

  1. How often will the restroom facilities be sanitized during the day?
  1. Bathrooms will undergo cleaning at least every four hours with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution.

  1. How do you plan to implement frequent cleaning on used materials by students?  Desks, materials, chairs, paper towel dispenser, shelves, doorknobs, etc.
  1. Libraries, computer labs, arts, and other handson classrooms must undergo cleaning after every class period with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution.  Additionally, student desks must be wiped down by staff with either an EPA-approved disinfectant or diluted bleach solution after every class period.

  1. What will happen when there isn't enough sub coverage?  Because this will happen, because it happens now.
  1. Coverage of classes will be addressed at each building level by the principal and in accordance to the teacher’s collective bargaining agreement.

  1. If one child in the household is sick with a fever?  Do all children need to stay home until a negative covid test comes back?
  1. Parents and guardians are encouraged to check students’ temperature at home every morning using oral, tympanic (ear), or temporal scanners; students with a temperature of 100.4 or greater must stay home and consider coronavirus testing.  Parents and guardians are also encouraged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.  The presence of any unexplained symptoms, including cough or shortness of breath, should prompt the parent or guardian to keep the student home from school and to follow up with their primary care provider.

  1. Will there be a hybrid program where kids can be part time online and part time in school?
  1. The District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. What happens if a child struggles with allergies and sinus infections every year and they end up getting this at the beginning of year; will they be required to be online only?
  1. No.

  1. What happens when, not if, a teacher or student tests positive for COVID-19?  Will everyone who was in contact with that person have to quarantine?  Is there protocol in place for this?
  1. All confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be handled by the Health Department on a case-by-case basis; consequently, the District will follow all guidelines set forth by the department.

  1. Are social distancing guidelines going to be followed in the classrooms and other areas?  How will this be accomplished?
  1. School days will be kept as normal as possible.  However, proper social distancing, between 3’-6’, will be imposed whenever feasible.  This will be accomplished by District staff and the cooperation of students.

  1. Why can’t we do something similar to what Richmond SD is doing?  A camera in the classroom, kids join via Zoom.  They are counted in attendance, they have to be on time. The same amount of time they would spend in person is spent online, live, with their teacher.  We send our kids to Marysville because of the outstanding education our teachers give our kids.  I feel throwing out a subpar platform for those who can’t, or those who choose not to return in person is unacceptable.  If that is the case, why bother re-enrolling our kids?  So Marysville can count them as “students” and still get funding for them when they aren’t even teaching them?
  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts; this is something the District will consider if there is another shutdown.

  1. If my child chooses online school then decides he would rather do in person, can they switch during the school year?
  1. Yes; your child may return to face-to-face instruction any time.

  1. Are the kids going to have a choice to do online?  If so, just wanting to know how that will work.
  1. As indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. My son has asthma.  If we get a note from the doctor, will he be allowed to attend school without wearing a mask or being allowed to remove it when needed?
  1. Yes; any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering, must not wear one; however, that District asks that any medical documentation be provided to us.  

  1. What will happen if my asymptomatic child doesn't wear a face mask for all or part of the day?
  1. Any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering, must not wear one; however, that District asks that any medical documentation be provided to us.

 

  1. When is phase 5 expected to begin?
  1. We don’t know; this is a decision to be made by the governor.

  1. Will there be a more curriculum-based online learning option?  I’m in fear of my child falling behind.
  1. Students in the Vikings Online program will be exposed to similar curriculum content through Vikings Online that is aligned to national, state, and district standards.  However, the materials used will be different than what our teachers will be using during regular face-to-face instruction.  This online program is more structured and rigorous than what was done last spring.

  1. Has the district decided on doing both in school and online classes?
  1. The District is expecting to open this fall with face-to-face instruction in all of its schools; for those reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, they may register them for our Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).  Furthermore, the District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. Do you know what sports will and will not be offered?
  1. Please see Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, as it relates to athletics (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. Is the virtual teaching going to be taught by Marysville teachers or by other parties?
  1. The Vikings Online program is the same as our credit recovery and e-Learning programs at the middle/high school levels; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).    More information will be coming on this by the end of the week.  NOTE: This online option is the same as what other districts have been promoting in St. Clair County.

  1. If students are going to be face to face at school, how many students per classroom?
  1. The District will begin the year with face-to-face instruction; class size will vary by grade level and subject area.

  1. It is highly anticipated that the COVID-19 cases will increase in the area once schools open with the students and staff all together indoors.  Do you know yet, at what point will the schools be shut down for online/remote learning? (For example, one positive COVID-19 case in the office and employers shut down for 72 hours to allow for cleaning).  If the schools do shut down, will the students have online learning with teacher interaction and instruction or will the students be converted to an online self-paced program?
  1. It is unknown if or when the governor will choose to shutdown schools again.  If this happens, students will continue with their coursework with our staff; not through an online self-paced program.

  1. If we chose to keep our children home at the beginning of the year and things get better and we want them to return to school, will there be availability in the building for them or will their spots be filled?
  1. There will be availability.

  1. If I choose to enroll my children in the school building, but then decide a few months into the school year we would prefer virtual learning is that possible?
  1. Yes.

  1. What will the protocol be if a teacher or student is diagnosed with COVID-19 and school is in session?
  1. In the event of a lab or clinically diagnosed case of COVID-19, immediate efforts will be made to contact any close contacts (those who spent more than 15 minutes less than six feet in close proximity to the student or staff member) so that they can be quarantined for 14 days at home. Students and staff will be closely monitored for any symptoms of COVID-19.  At this time, empiric testing of all students or staff members in the class is not recommended.  Only those that develop symptoms require testing for COVID-19.

  1. Will elementary students be able to leave their classrooms? Will there be Expressive

Academics/Specials?  Recess?

  1. Yes; there will also be an expressive arts schedule and recess with cohorts of students.

  1. What does the online program being used look like?  Are teachers involved?  Will teachers lose their job if students sign up for this option?  So many questions about the program.  It is not rated highly online and past users don’t have great things to say about it.
  1. As indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).  Also, teachers will not lose their jobs if students sign up.

  1. Will class sizes be reduced?
  1. At this time, class sizes will remain the same; even so, some classes will be smaller than others.  This is also reflective of grade level and subject areas as well.

  1. My son has an IEP/504 plan.  If we do the online learning if school does not open, will there be someone available to help with these children who don’t respond as well to their parents for online learning?  In March- June... school was a complete nightmare.  He would throw himself on the floors and sometimes it would take 5 hours to get an hour worth of schoolwork done.  It causes too much stress on myself as a single mother and him.
  1. Yes

  1. Is this information accurate?  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEYisdwigF4EVVz_OKbY-YjbjnafOKconQ-aY4m_S3IdyIkQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0SfXQnMNRjoECrT7zhU81Y6HZ5Ax6evtZsFwpe9WC0STOQyKeCYjd7tN8
  1. Yes; as indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. Will our children need to wear face masks outside?
  1. No; so long as they socially distance themselves from other students.

  1. In general, if a teacher or child has been exposed, does everyone in that classroom need to be quarantined?
  1. In the event of a lab or clinically diagnosed case of COVID-19, immediate efforts will be made to contact any close contacts (those who spent more than 15 minutes less than six feet in close proximity to the student or staff member) so that they can be quarantined for 14 days at home. Students and staff will be closely monitored for any symptoms of COVID-19.  At this time, empiric testing of all students or staff members in the class is not recommended.  Only those that develop symptoms require testing for COVID-19.

  1. Several people online suggest that the learning won’t be a live class online. Please let us know the structure of the online environment. Thank you so much for being proactive in addressing our questions. God bless you!
  1. As indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. Are face shields an acceptable piece of PPE to wear instead of a “mask”?
  1. According to the Health Department, a plastic face shield is not considered to be a sufficient face covering.

  1. I am hoping there will be a lot more information given on the virtual learning program being offered.   My son will be going into 2nd grade and we are considering going this route, but I have so many questions on how it will work.  Like what is the format?  Who’s teaching it?  Will it be live teaching or just an online program with no teacher input?  If it is teacher facilitated, how many students will there be per teacher?  Will the teachers receive additional training so they actually know how to use the online formats?  Will devices available?  If kids sign up, can you go back to face to face if it isn’t working well?  And vice versa; if we start in person and it’s not working due to covid restrictions, can we change to virtual learning?  And when is the deadline we have to make our decision?
  1. As indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. For face to face schooling, what happens when the teacher or one of the students is exposed to covid?  Will the classroom be shut down for the quarantine period?
  1. In the event of a lab or clinically diagnosed case of COVID-19, immediate efforts will be made to contact any close contacts (those who spent more than 15 minutes less than six feet in close proximity to the student or staff member) so that they can be quarantined for 14 days at home. Students and staff will be closely monitored for any symptoms of COVID-19.  At this time, empiric testing of all students or staff members in the class is not recommended.  Only those that develop symptoms require testing for COVID-19.

  1. Will the student have the option to interchangeably utilize the on-site and virtual learning platforms without hurting their attendance or grades? (Example: Student choses on-site platform, but wakes up and doesn’t feel “normal” and decides they want to do school online that day because they’re not sure if they’re coming down with an illness or not.)
  1. It is not advisable for students to constantly change between face-to-face and virtual learning modes; this will negatively affect their grades and attendance.

  1. If we chose to send our kids and it doesn’t work for them after a few days or maybe weeks can we switch to virtual learning?
  1. Yes.

  1. Are you prepared for another shut down if that happens so that it will be an easier process than the past one?
  1. The District is prepared for another shutdown; we anticipate things will be easier than last year.

  1. Will there be a hybrid program offered?
  1. The District is expecting to open this fall with face-to-face instruction in all of its schools; for those reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, they may register them for our Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).  Furthermore, the District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. If we sign our kids up in person, can we switch to virtual and vice versa as things change?
  1. Yes.

  1. Is there going to be remote online classes; I have children with issues.
  1. The District is expecting to open this fall with face-to-face instruction in all of its schools; for those reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, they may register them for our Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).  Furthermore, the District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. Will the district be doing online and in-class learning?
  1. The District is expecting to open this fall with face-to-face instruction in all of its schools; for those reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, they may register them for our Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).  Furthermore, the District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. For them, a virtual Viking program, who will be teaching the kids?
  1.  The Vikings Online program is the same as our credit recovery and e-Learning programs at the middle/high school levels; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).    More information will be coming on this by the end of the week.  NOTE: This online option is the same as what other districts have been promoting in St. Clair County.

  1. Will 5th grade still offer band?
  1. Yes.

  1. If I have multiple children in the school district, can I send a few of them for in school instruction, but sign up another for at home virtual learning?
  1. Yes.

  1. Are students with Asthma/allergies going to be offered online learning?
  1. Yes; you may register them for the Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).  Likewise, as indicated in Dr. Wightman’s memo, dated Monday, July 20, 2020, information about the Vikings Online program will be forthcoming this week (see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h8YMdMJkWIWreh38-u6v94A0AIz1kKz1/view?fbclid=IwAR1mO-wFj5cRYn2iWJMZm_Z3UulYyFm1vEFG4fpodwnisQ09Q8zED3xW18I).

  1. Who will be teaching my child if I sign up for this Viking program?  Will it be a certified teacher with a daily Zoom level contact or a “mentor” who just checks in once in a while but the student is self motivating themself into listening and following links to the particular lesson?
  1. The Vikings Online program is the same as our credit recovery and e-Learning programs at the middle/high school levels; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).    More information will be coming on this by the end of the week.  NOTE: This online option is the same as what other districts have been promoting in St. Clair County.

  1. If the Viking program is a disaster (since it was never made for Elementary kids) can we as parents change our minds at anytime to do face-to-face or viseVersa
  1. Yes.

  1. How many students are you allowing in a classroom of 4th graders (and 2nd graders) without requiring them to wear masks?
  1. Class size fis limited to the teachers collective bargaining agreement totals.  Also, some will be smaller than others depending on grade level and subject area.

  1. How will the custodial staff be able to clean every 4 hours without kids being in the room since they aren’t allowed to be outside their room?
  1. Students’ schedules will be adjusted to conduct daily disinfecting; students will not be present in classrooms during cleanings.

  1. Would child shields be appropriate to reduce spread?
  1. According to the Health Department, a plastic face shield is not considered to be a sufficient face covering.

  1. What other possible options are out there then these two extremes?? Is there a way you could connect a video camera to the classroom and have the kids web connect that way?
  1. This is something the District is considering.

  1. What are the plans for children that come in with symptoms will they be quarantined and how long would other students that have been in contact be home quarantined?

  1. What kind of online schooling will you be providing for our students?
  1. The Vikings Online program is the same as our credit recovery and e-Learning programs at the middle/high school levels; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).    More information will be coming on this by the end of the week.  NOTE: This online option is the same as what other districts have been promoting in St. Clair County.

  1. Will you be making all students wear masks at all times for grades 6-12?
  1. During Phase 4, this will be required.

  1. What if they can't wear a mask for long periods of time?
  1. Facial coverings must be worn in classrooms by all students grades 6-12.  Also, facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals.  Any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering, must not wear one; however, that District asks that any medical documentation be provided to us.  Moreover, any student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one.  Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.

  1. Will I have the choice to send both my children (one in 6th one in 10th ) to school or have them engage in online learning? Thank you.
  1. Yes.

  1. I have a 10th grader; do the kids have to wear a mask in the classroom?  Also do they still get to go to the lunch room?  I understand wearing masks in the hallways, but they are all attending graduation parties together with no masks and the beach with no masks?  Parties/BBQs/bonfires/volleyball/basketball, all with no masks.  I just don’t see the difference.  We will do, of course, what is asked.
  1. Facial coverings must be worn in classrooms by all students grades 6-12.  Also, facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals.  Any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering, must not wear one; however, that District asks that any medical documentation be provided to us).  Moreover, any student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one.  Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.  Meals will be provided; some will be consumed in classrooms, while others will be in building cafeterias.  Safe building-level plans pertaining to breakfast/lunch are currently being developed in preparation for this fall; more information will be shared as we approach the first week of school.

  1. How do I sign up for the online program for my son who is going into 6th? He is in the special ed program also,  will the online program accommodate for that? And is there any chance of the school offering a hybrid program with half in person and half online? Thank you!
  1. The Vikings Online program is the same as our credit recovery and e-Learning programs at the middle/high school levels; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).    More information will be coming on this by the end of the week.  NOTE: This online option is the same as what other districts have been promoting in St. Clair County.

  1. As a working parent finding out asap what the school year in the fall will be is very important! Daycare is a big issue and will need to make accommodations. I understand school made be shutdown all together but really need to know what the plan if it is not.
  1. The District has assembled a Return-2-Learn committee of parents and staff.  The committee will be developing a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan laying out how the District will cope with the virus across the various phases of the Michigan Safe Start Plan.  This plan will be presented to the Board of Education for approval on Thursday, August 13, 2020 and released to the public on Friday, August 14, 2020. It is the District’s desire to communicate with stakeholders as soon as possible.

  1. If there is a hybrid schedule for the district, especially elementary schools, would the district keep siblings on the same  hybrid schedule? Such as both children go Monday and Tuesday, rest of week online schedule or both children go in the morning if it is a half day schedule.
  1. The District is expecting to open this fall with face-to-face instruction in all of its schools; for those reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, they may register them for our Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).  Furthermore, the District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. Will there be a virtual school program available for first graders?
  1. Yes.

  1. Will the students be able to return back to school for Fall semester?
  1. Yes; you may also return to face-to-face instruction any time.

  1. If we choose to do online this year will our children lose their spots in the school if we decide to put them back in?
  1. No.

  1. Has the district been working with the TEACHERS to develop alternative to in classroom/in person learning. There are already established K-12 online learning systems. With the uncertainty of "IF" we can reopen safely HOW much time and energy has been spent by both the district and the teachers to make online learning a possibility WITHIN our district.
  1. The District is prepared for another shutdown; we anticipate things will be easier than last year.

  1. Will the kids go to school five days a week? Or will it be hybrid? Hybrid, meaning they would go to school a few days a week and then do online learning a few days a week which would assist in meeting the social distancing requirements.
  1. The District is expecting to open this fall with face-to-face instruction in all of its schools; for those reluctant to send your child(ren) back to school, they may register them for our Vikings Online program (see https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_YzdK2Kaity_vKJFjGri2BROL-bGrTCs_UjnMJND-c4/edit).  Furthermore, the District is not planning for a hybrid schedule, where half the students are in school several days a week and the other half are at home.  The District strongly believes that this type of schedule would be a major disruption to the learning process and to its families.

  1. Can students choose to utilize virtual learning but also participate in marching band?
  1. Yes.

  1. If my daughter has issues with wearing a mask for long periods of time, can a doctors note excuse her from this?
  1. Yes.

  1. Hello,  I was hoping someone could help me understand the thought process behind elementary kids not having to wear masks in the classrooms. I understand they don't move around as much as the middle and high schools, but the little ones are the worst at personal hygiene. Every fall everyone gets sick from the spreading of the germs among the children. Also, will the air conditioning be working ahead of their arrival. Every Fall, I feel you are walking into a high humidity bacteria breeding zone when you walk into those schools. I think the middle school was the worst. Thank you for taking the time to listen to our questions.
  1. According to the MI Safe Schools Roadmap, facial coverings must be worn in classrooms by all students grades 6-12.  Also, facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals.  Any student that is unable to medically tolerate a facial covering, must not wear one; however, that District asks that any medical documentation be provided to us.  Moreover, any student that is incapacitated or unable to remove the facial covering without assistance, must not wear one.  Facial coverings may be homemade or disposable level-one (basic) grade surgical masks.

  1. My son has an IEP for autism, can I do virtual learning with him, while keeping his IEP intact and possibly bring him to school once a week for special services (speech and social skills)?
  1. Yes.

  1. How will you provide teachers and students with proper cleaning supplies to clean classroom? We can’t even find them in the stores and they are going to need a lot of it and constant refills.  Families won’t be able to donate these items when they need them for their own homes when they can find them.
  1. The District has been ordering and receiving cleaning supplies since March and will continue to do so in the coming months so that proper cleaning supplies are available.

  1. My child is school of choice. If we chose to do online next year, would it impact her school of choice enrollment?
  1. No.

  1. If students start the year online can they switch once the restrictions are lifted?
  1. Yes.

  1. Who will be teaching my child if I sign up for this Viking program.  Will it be a certified teacher with a daily Zoom level contact or a “mentor” who just checks in once in a while but the student is self motivating themself into listening and following links to the particular lesson
  1. Students in the Vikings Online program will be exposed to similar curriculum content through Vikings Online that is aligned to national, state, and district standards.  However, the materials used will be different than what our teachers will be using during regular face-to-face instruction.  The Vikings Online program is the same as our credit recovery and e-Learning programs at the middle/high school levels; all courses are virtually taught by a Michigan certified teacher.  At the District level, each student will be assigned a Marsville Mentor, which will be one of our staff members (e.g., teacher, counselor, administrator, paraprofessional, etc.).

  1. If the Viking program is a disaster (since it was never made for Elementary kids) can we as parents change our minds at any time to do face-to-face or vise-versa.
  1. Yes.

  1. How many students are you allowing in a classroom of 4th graders (and 2nd graders) without requiring them to wear masks?
  1. Contractual limits, since classes in these grades will be cohorted.