3-25-21 Instrcutional Model Update

March 25, 2021 - COVID-19 Instructional Model Update

Milan Area Schools Families,

At the March 24th Board of Education meeting, I provided the Board with an update on the district’s Extended Continuity of Learning (ECOL) plan.  The update included:

  • A review of student’s two way communications with teachers (student attendance)
  • An update on the Milan Area Schools COVID Case Dashboard
  • A discussion of the MDHHS School Decision Matrix for In-Person Instruction

In addition, I provided the Board information regarding:

  • COVID Data in Michigan, Washtenaw County, and Monroe County
  • CDC guidance for social distancing and other mitigation strategies
  • MDHHS guidance for social distancing and other mitigation strategies
  • Staff survey data
  • Community survey data
  • Logistics of a return to more in-person instruction
  • Quarantine requirements with higher student density in classrooms (6-foot quarantine requirement still in place per MDHHS and Health Department)

Following the presentation, I made the recommendation for Milan Area Schools to continue in the hybrid model (with full virtual option) for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.  The Board of Education then had a lengthy conversation where they weighed the overall benefits and overall deficits of a shift to increased in-person instruction in April.  Following the discussion, the Board voted to continue in the hybrid model (with full virtual option) for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

This decision was not taken lightly by the Board of Education.  The district values face-to-face instruction. However, in the end, the totality of the deficits overshadowed the benefits of a shift to more in-person instruction being implemented in April.  We thank everyone for participating in the district surveys.  The survey responses were very important to me and the Board of Education as we made our decision.

With plans in place for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, the district will ramp up our focus on summer school offerings and a full return to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.

Traditional school services remain available for all students regardless of their instructional model. Families are encouraged to reach out to teachers, office staff, or building principals should they need help. Services include (but are not limited to):  

  • Technology assistance (for both students and parents)  
  • Food service distribution  
  • Social-emotional support (e.g. counseling, behavioral support, crisis intervention)  
  • Special Education and English Language Learner support

Please do not hesitate to contact your school building office if you have any questions. 

Please continue to follow all COVID-19 health and safety recommendations from the Washtenaw Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Following these recommendations and doing our part now will support the greater good.  You have been incredible partners through this pandemic and I have no doubt we will continue to get through this together.  Thank you again for your support. 

Thank you,
Bryan Girbach