Saline Area Schools Schools has released more information about how they will be proceeding now that K-12 schools are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Governor Whitmer announced yesterday (April 2) that K-12 schools will not be reopening for the 2019-2020 school year and that local districts would be creating a plan.
The district will launch their distance learning plan on Monday, April 6.
Philosophy & Role of Families
The goal of their distance learning plan is to ensure students have
- a virtual learning experience that promotes ongoing learning,
- continued engagements with class routines
- social and emotional support and wellness opportunities
Parents and students are asked to be flexible with their children and the school staff particularly as distance learning is launched. Students will not be graded on participation or work, but it is encouraged for learning continuity. Parents should ask classroom teacher(s) or assigned case manager if their child needs additional academic support. I would argue that middle and high schoolers should advocate for themselves.
Families are asked to consider their child’s learning environment. They are encouraged to setup a dedicated space for school work. In our house, both my husband and I are working at home in our respective offices. My daughter has been working on the family room sofa. We found that being able to watch videos using AppleTV was better for her than on her laptop.
Learning opportunities will be delivered weekly through SeeSaw, Google Classroom, or email.
Teachers will be using technology to reach students in a variety of ways. They will ensure student’s digital safety and the Technology AUP agreement is still in place. Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the programs/apps that the teachers are using so that they can assist their students.
Parents can reach out to the teacher or building administrator if you prefer or need a paper and pencil option. Printable versions are being prepared for families that need this option. Speaking from personal experience with the AAPS online enrichment opportunities the first two weeks of school, I am glad they are offering a paper and pencil option. My daughter developed headaches from so much time on the computer. I would love to have her be able to print her work and send it in as a picture or even quickly type the answers once it is completed.
Additional Resources for Exceptional Learners
Saline School District has a document with Resources for Exceptional Learners. Resources are broken down by grade level (PreK-5, 6-8, & 9-12) and category. Topics covered by the resources are:
- Speech Resources
- Socio-Emotional Learning
- Independent Living
- EL Students
Internet Access Options
Saline Area Schools has provided this document with information on obtaining internet during the school closure (and beyond).
Comcast & AT&T are providing 2 months of free internet for low income families (based on service availability at your address.
- Comcast Internet Essentials package at no cost for 2 months
- AT&T Access package at no cost for 2 months
- Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access to households with teachers, K-12, or college students who do not already have service.
If you live in an area without wired service, you will need to look at a satellite or cellular option which are considerably more expensive and slower.
- Satellite Packages
- Viasat packages start at $70 for unlimited data based on speed
- Hughesnet packages start at $40/month for 10GB of data.
- Mobile Hotspot Devices
- Check with your mobile provider to see what options they have for device cost and monthly fees.
Saline Area Schools has added WiFi in SAS Parking lots at Heritage/Woodland Meadows, Middle School, and High Schools. Be sure to check the maps for which lots it is available in at each school.
Food Distribution is still being co-ordinated by Saline Area Social Services.
Mental Health Resources
Ann Arbor Public Schools provided information on the following mental health resources:
- Community Mental Health – 2/47 Crisis services. – 734-544-3050
- Ozone House’s Crisis Line – 2/47 youth support – 734-662-2222
- SafeHouse Center to help survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault – 734-995-5444
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-8255
The following health clinics are still operating:
- Hope Clinic – 518 Harriet St, Ypsilanti – 734-484-2989
- Corner Health Center – 47 N Huron, Ypsilanti – 734-484-3600
- Packard Health
- Ann Arbor West – 1915 Pauline Blvd, Ann Arbor – 734-926-4900
- Ann Arbor East – 3174 Packard Rd, Ann Arbor – 734-971-1073
- Ypsilanti – 200 Arnet St, Suite 150, Ypsilanti – 734-985-7200
More COVID-19 Information
Be sure to check our resource page for more COVID-19 information.