Return To School Plan

GRADES DK-5 INSTRUCTIONAL OPTIONS

Option 1
In -Person Learning (M-F)

7:47 a.m.- 2:41 p.m.

Self- contained classrooms
(specials teachers rotate into classes or students move to a specials classroom only after the room is cleaned & disinfected)

Social distancing as feasible

(using larger spaces, removing non-essential furniture and divider walls)

Facial Coverings required on buses, in hallways, and at arrival and dismissal (unless medically exempted)

Meals in the classroom (or outside)

Recess and physical education will be held outside and by class
(no mixing of classes)

 

Option 2
Marcellus Virtual Academy

“Self-paced” online curricula through Calvert

Course work can be done at anytime during the day, but progress benchmarks must be met.

Students must demonstrate mastery of learning in order to earn a passing grade.

A local teacher of record will provide scheduled assistance and support to learners.  A Calvert teacher will provide weekly live meetings/lessons and assistance. 

Weekly 2 -way communication is required.

Option to return to in-person learning (Option1) at semester.

*Required to participate in state assessments

 

GRADES 6-8 INSTRUCTIONAL OPTIONS

Option 1
“Simple” Hybrid

M & T:  Remote
W-F: In -person

7:55 a.m.- 2:40 p.m.

On remote days, students login to learning daily and complete assignments in Schoology or Google Classroom (local teacher designed content).

On remote days, students participate in scheduled teacher- led video lessons and/or meetings.

Face Coverings are required on buses, in the building, and during arrival/dismissal
(not required at meals or when medically exempted)

 

Option 2
Hybrid with Lab

M-F:  In-person learning

7:55 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.

Students participate in face to face instruction on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 

Student also physically attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays and participate in a socially distanced “Learning Lab.”  Teachers rotate into the Learning Lab each day.
(6th grade at ES and 7/8th grade at MS/HS)

While in Learning Lab, students participate in the same virtual lessons and meetings as their counterparts in Option 1.

Face coverings required as in  Option 1

This option is helpful to those students who need internet access, additional teacher support, or dedicated time to complete course work.

 

Option 3
Marcellus Virtual Academy

“Self-paced” online curricula through Edmentum

Course work can be done at any time during the day, but progress benchmarks must be met.

Students must demonstrate mastery of learning in order to earn a passing grade

A local teacher of record provides assistance and support to learners during scheduled office hours.

Weekly 2 -way communication is required.

Option to return to in-person learning (option 1 or 2) at quarter or semester.
 

*Required to participate in state assessments.

GRADES 9-12 INSTRUCTIONAL OPTIONS

Option 1
“Simple” Hybrid

M & T: In-person
W-F: Remote

7:55 a.m.- 2:40 p.m.

On remote days, students login to learning daily and complete assignments in Schoology or Google Classroom (local teacher designed content).

On remote days, students participate in scheduled, teacher led video lessons and/or meetings.

Face Coverings are required on buses, in the building, and during arrival/dismissal


(not required during meals or when medically exempted).

 

Option 2
Hybrid with Lab
M-F: In-person learning

7:55 a.m.- 2:40 p.m.

Students participate in face to face instruction on Monday and Tuesday.

Student also physically attend school on Wednesday through Friday and participate in a socially distanced “Learning Lab.” Teachers rotate into the Learning Lab each day.

While in Learning Lab, students participate in the same virtual lessons and meetings as their counterparts in Option 1.

Face coverings required as in Option 1.

This option is helpful to those students who need internet access, additional teacher support, or dedicated time to complete course work.

Option 3
Marcellus Virtual Academy

“Self-paced” online curricula through Edmentum

Course work can be done at any time during the day, but progress benchmarks must be met.

Students must demonstrate mastery of learning in order to earn a passing grade.

A local teacher of record will provide scheduled assistance and support to learners during scheduled office hours.

Weekly 2- way communication is required.

Option to return to in-person learning at quarter or semester

*Required to participate in state assessments.

Information for Parents & Students

Transportation

  • So that the district can plan routes, parents must request district provided transportation by completing the online form or the paper form that was mailed home- BY AUGUST 10.
  • Seats will be assigned and family members or those living in the same household will be seated together
  • Social distancing will be utilized to the extent possible
  • Face coverings are required (unless medically exempted)
  • Students will ride on their regularly scheduled bus route; no riding home with friends, etc.
  • Students in Learning Lab will need to ride regularly or use their own transportation.
  • Buses will be disinfected before each route
  • Students will use hand sanitizer upon boarding and departing the bus

Learning Spaces & Environment

  • In some instances, larger learning spaces will be used to better accommodate social distancing (e.g., repurpose labs, gyms, remove classroom divider walls, etc.)
  • Seating/desks will face the same direction or have table dividers.
  • Teachers are permitted to conduct class outside when appropriate.
  • Field trips to indoor venues are not permitted.
  • Student movement in hallways will be limited or staggered.
  • Locker use will be limited and staggered; assigned lockers will be distanced (ES students will have their own cubbies).
  • Self- contained in grades K-6.
  • High school students will generally be in the same cohort/group.  When possible, teachers may pull a small group from the same cohort to another classroom after the classroom has been disinfected.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned every four hours.
  • Supply sharing will be limited.
  • Chromebooks will be individually assigned.

Health, Screening & Safety Protocols

  • Parents should screen their child(ren) for symptoms each morning
  • Never send a child to school who is ill or who or who has the following symptoms:  dry cough, shortness of breath, temperature, chills, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or blisters on the toes (COVID toes) . 
  • Keep the child home if there is known or suspected COVID-19 exposure.
  • Marcellus Community Schools is required to work closely with the Van Buren/Cass Health Department.  The health department will determine the course of action for COVID-19 confirmed cases or exposure.
  • Provide a clean face covering daily (the school will supply __ cloth face coverings.
  • Students may bring their own water bottle to school- no sharing with others.
  • Access to buildings will be limited to extenuating circumstances that support student well-being and as deemed necessary to the principal.  Any person who accesses a building is required to wear a face covering, unless medically exempted.
  • Enhanced Cleaning and disinfecting protocols
  • Signage and instruction about hand hygiene and scheduled handwashing. Handwashing stations will be situated throughout buildings
  • Hand sanitizer at all entrances, classrooms and on buses

Food Service

  • Students attending in-person instruction will eat breakfast and lunch in the classroom or outside, weather permitting.  It’s possible that some cohorts/groups may be able to use the cafeteria if socially distanced and the café has been disinfected.
  • Students participating in Marcellus Virtual Academy may pick up a week’s supply of meals at Grab and Go meal distribution (dates and times TBD).
  • Grade 6-8 students participating in Option 1 (Hybrid) will be provided 2 days of meals upon departure on Fridays.
  • Grade 9-12 students participating in Option 1 (Hybrid) will be provided 3 days of meals upon departure on Tuesdays.
  • Grade 6-12 students participating in Option 2 (Hybrid with Lab) will eat at school each day.

State Assessments

All students, regardless of the chosen instructional model MUST participate in state required assessments (M-STEP, SAT).  The Michigan Department of Education has requested a testing waiver; as of this writing, the waiver has not been approved.   

Registration

Paper forms were previously mailed home and may be returned to the Central Office from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. or placed in the curbside drop boxes in the front of each school building. Alternatively, parents may simply contact the Central Office at 646-7655 to inform office staff of the selection, or may email the form to Melinda.bohan@marcelluscs.org.   There is a link to the form at www.marcelluscs.org as well. 

Questions about options may be directed to building principals.