Hello School Community,
These are truly unprecedented times. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated as we work through the process of developing a plan for our district's operations during the mandatory school closure.
The administrative team has been working diligently on a plan that will provide services and communication to our school families. At this time, the plan includes the following: food service operations, continued two-way communication between Milan Area Schools and our school families, and the provision of learning resources for our students.
Continued Two-Way Communication Between Milan Area Schools and Our School Families
In addition to providing updates using our website and the instant messaging system, the district will continue to monitor communication with our school families using the following methods:
While other individual district phone numbers and email addresses may be used for communication from individual staff members, the means listed above are guaranteed to be checked daily.
Provision of Learning Resources for Our Students
It is our sincere hope that through our current efforts as a district, state, and nation that we will be able to return to full educational activities on April 13, 2020. During the initial school closure, Milan Area Schools is encouraging our students to remain academically engaged while at home. The district is recommending that each family establish a basic daily routine and schedule for their student(s) that includes a focus on reading, critical thinking, creative activities, and physical fitness. The district's COVID-19 website will have section dedicated to listing learning resources and suggestions for our students.
Dear Milan School Community Member:
I am writing to share very important information about an event that will take place in the Spring of 2020: the U.S. Census. For more information, visit https://2020census.gov/.
The census is a count of all people living in the United States and takes place every 10 years. It is simple and confidential to complete. For the first time, you can respond online. You will receive a unique identifying number in the mail, which will allow you to fill out the online form beginning in March 2020. It will ask questions about your household such as how many people reside in your home, date of birth, race, and sex. Here are some things you should know:
Your identity remains anonymous. Any personal information you provide on the census form is protected by law and cannot be shared with anyone or any other federal agency. Regardless of your immigration status, the information cannot be used against you or to invade the privacy of you or any members of your family.
The census is important. The census is important because it helps to decide how much federal money our schools will get over the next 10 years, and how much money our state will get for our parks, neighborhood improvements, public health, transportation, and many other programs and services. For Milan Area Schools, this means federal funding for school nutrition programs and supports for students with special needs, who come from poverty, who are learning English, and/or for disadvantaged students. These funds support our efforts to help all children meet the challenging state academic standards by providing a well-rounded education. Milan Area Schools receives hundreds of thousands of dollars each year from federally funded programs. Many of these dollars are determined using Census data.
The census is safe. All data collected through the census is protected under Title 13 of the U.S. Code. Records are confidential for 72 years by law. All U.S. Census Bureau employees swear a lifetime oath to protect respondent information. The U.S. Census will never share a respondent’s personal information with other government agencies. Data is only released in summary tables; no individual records are released. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000.
What do you need to do? Complete the short and easy form online. If you don’t have a computer at home, you can use one at the Milan Public Library.
Your kids count, so make sure to count them when you fill out the census form in the Spring of 2020!
Bryan M. Girbach
Superintendent - Milan Area Schools
The city of Milan, which encompasses a total of 3.4 square miles, was founded in 1831 and is located in the Southeastern Counties of Washtenaw and Monroe in the State of Michigan. Located between the cultural and commercial hubs of Ann Arbor, MI and Toledo, OH, Milan has both rural and suburban areas.
The Milan School District embraces nearly 90 square miles and serves households in both Washtenaw and Monroe Counties. The district is proud to note that its staff is made up of both veteran teachers and those new to the profession, all of whom are highly qualified. The four school buildings that comprise the Milan Area School District operate as schools-of-choice facilities and consistently enroll students from four surrounding counties. The district offers exceptional educational programs to over 2,200 students ranging from preschool age to grade twelve.
The community is proud of the scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments of its students. School activities serve as an important part of the overall student experience and provide social activities for the entire community.